National Women’s Health Advisory Council

The National Women’s Health Advisory Council provides the Australian Government with advice and recommendations to improve health outcomes for women and girls in Australia. The council also provides advice on the implementation of the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030.

Role

The National Women’s Health Advisory Council provides advice to the government on priority health issues for women and girls in Australia.

The council also provides advice and recommendations on the implementation of the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030. This strategy outlines a national approach to reducing inequalities and improving the health of women and girls in Australia.

Consultation survey

The National Women’s Health Advisory Council conducted the #EndGenderBias survey to hear from women, along with experts, health care professionals, consumer representatives and peak stakeholder groups, to better understand the unique barriers and gender bias women face in Australia’s healthcare system.

The survey closed on 13 October 2023.

The council will use the survey findings to help inform its advice to government on addressing gender bias in the health system. We expect the survey results will be available in the first half of 2024.

Terms of reference

Members

The council is chaired by the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Ged Kearney MP.
 

Name

Organisation

Council Role

Professor Gita Mishra
Co-director

Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH)

Member

Associate Professor Ines Rio
Member

Australian Medical Association

Member

Ms Lorna Scott
Member

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Member

Ms Bonney Corbin
Executive Chair

Australian Women’s Health Alliance

Member

Dr Elizabeth Deveny
Chief Executive Officer

Consumers Health Forum

Member

Dr Sarah L. White
Chief Executive Officer

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

Member

Dr Adele Murdolo
Executive Director

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Member

Dr Dawn Casey
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Member

Ms Keli McDonald
Chief Executive Officer

National Rural Women’s Coalition

Member

Dr Fei Sim
President

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Member

Dr Gillian Gibson
President

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)

Member

Dr Sue Matthews
Chief Executive Officer

Royal Women’s Hospital

Member

Professor Danielle Mazza AM FAHMS
Director

SPHERE NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health in Primary Care

Member

Professor Robyn Norton AO
Founding Director

The George Institute for Global Health

Member

Professor Zoe Wainer
Honorary Enterprise Professor

University of Melbourne

Member

Professor Cathy Vaughan
Director

University of Melbourne, Nossal Institute for Global Health

Member

Professor Deb Loxton
Member
Co-director (ALSWH)

Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network

ALSWH

Member

Ms Bronwyn Morris‑Donovan
Chief Executive Officer

Allied Health Professions Australia

Special Adviser

Dr Jane Lloyd 
A/g Chief Executive Officer

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)

Special Adviser

Ms Helen White
Chief Executive Officer

Australian College of Midwives

Special Adviser

Associate Professor Aliza Werner Seidler

 

Black Dog Institute

Special Adviser

Ms Linda Kensington
Chief Executive Officer

Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia (CRANA)

Special Adviser

Ms Nyadol Nyuon OAM
Chair

Harmony Alliance

Special Adviser

Professor Cath Chamberlain
Head

Indigenous Health Equity Unit, University of Melbourne

Special Adviser

Ms Nicky Bath
Chief Executive Officer

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Special Adviser

Professor Susan Davis AO
Director

Monash University Women’s Health Research Program

Special Adviser

Ms Shannon Calvert
Consumer Co-chair

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

Special Adviser

Professor Angela Dawson
Associate Dean Research, University of Technology Sydney

Public Health Association of Australia

Special Adviser

Ms Nadia Levin
Chief Executive Officer

Research Australia

Special Adviser

Dr Nicole Higgins
President

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Special Adviser

Ms Sandy Gillies
Chief Executive Officer

Western Queensland Primary Health Network

Special Adviser

Meetings

The council will meet up to 6 times a year, face-to-face or virtually.

Communiques

Contact

National Women’s Health Advisory Council contact

Contact the National Women’s Health Advisory Council Secretariat for more information.
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