National Women’s Health Policy: Consultation Discussion Paper

This paper outlines why the government is developing a National Women’s Health Policy, what the government wants the policy to achieve, and gives information on the consultation process and how you can have your say.

Page last updated: 01 November 2013


On 29 October 2007, the government made an election commitment to the development of a National Women’s Health Policy to improve the health and wellbeing of all women in Australia, and implement policies to encourage the health system to be more responsive to the needs of women.

On 12 March 2009 the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon, released the Development of a New National Women’s Health Policy: Consultation Discussion Paper 2009, commencing the first phase of consultations on the National Women’s Health Policy.

Women are the majority of health consumers, the majority of health service providers and the majority of carers in the Australian community. The government recognises that by improving the health of all Australian women we will improve the health of the whole community

In line with international developments and the government’s social inclusion agenda, the policy will emphasise prevention, health inequalities in our society and the social determinants of those health inequalities.

The development of the National Women’s Health Policy will be progressed in consultation with the state and territory governments, health service providers, consumer and advocacy groups and Australian women.

Consultation forums on the development of the policy will begin in the second half of 2009, with discussions to be held in all states and territories.

For further information please contact National Women's Health Policy, Department of Health

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