Women’s health experts appointed to tackle ‘medical misogyny’

Members of the new National Women’s Health Advisory Council have been appointed, bringing together diverse expertise to examine the unique challenges that women and girls experience in the health system.

The Hon Ged Kearney MP
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care

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Members of the new National Women’s Health Advisory Council have been appointed, bringing together diverse expertise to examine the unique challenges that women and girls experience in the health system.
 
Growing evidence has shown that systemic issues in healthcare delivery and medical research mean women often suffer poorer health outcomes. Women disproportionately experience delayed diagnosis, overprescribing, and a failure to properly investigate symptoms.
 
Chaired by Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney, the National Women’s Health Advisory Council will bring together leaders and experts from women’s health organisations, consumer groups and peak bodies.
 
The Council will also conduct ongoing community consultation and consider input from those with lived experience to better understand the barriers and bias women face.
 
The Council’s first meeting will outline initial priority areas and is scheduled for 20 February 2023.
 
The Council will consider:

  • health equity in healthcare and services
  • health literacy for women in priority populations
  • strengthening and diversifying medical research
  • health workforce training and education

The Council will also focus on a range of key concerns, such as menopause, cancer care, reproductive healthcare, causes of pelvic pain and cardiovascular disease. The Council will aim to promote better health outcomes for women and girls, and ensure their care is better tailored to their needs.
 
A panel of special advisers will contribute topic specific knowledge and relevant research from their areas of expertise to support the Council.
 
QUOTES ATTRIBUTABLE TO ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGED CARE GED KEARNEY MP

“Since announcing the Council last year, I have heard an outpouring from women young and old, no matter their background, who all have a story to tell.”

“Woman have told me they’re being seen but not believed. They seek help for crippling pelvic pain as teenagers but suffer into adulthood from raging endometriosis. They have symptoms dismissed for weeks, only to have a stroke from a brain aneurysm.”

“The bias against women in the health system is deeply entrenched. We are now bringing together experts to begin to peel back the layers so we can chart a different course.”

 

National Women’s Health Advisory Council Members

Name

Organisation

Professor Gita Mishra
Co-Director

Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH)

Ms Lorna Scott
Member

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Dr Danielle McMullen
Vice President

Australian Medical Association

Ms Bonney Corbin
Executive Chair

Australian Women’s Health Network

Dr Elizabeth Deveny
CEO

Consumer Health Forum

Dr Sarah L. White
CEO

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

Dr Adele Murdolo
Executive Director

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Ms Donnella Mills
Chair

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Ms Keli McDonald
CEO

National Rural Women’s Coalition

Dr Benjamin Bopp
President

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

Dr Sue Matthews
CEO

Royal Women’s Hospital

Professor Robyn Norton AO
Principal Director

The George Institute for Global Health

Associate Professor Cathy Vaughan
Unit Head, Gender and Women’s Health Unit

University of Melbourne, Centre for Health Equity (WHO Collaborating Centre on Women’s Health)

Professor Deb Loxton
Chair
Co-Director (ALSWH)

Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network
ALSWH

Ms Carolyn Frohmader
Executive Director

Women with Disabilities Australia

Professor Zoe Wainer
Honorary Enterprise Professor

University of Melbourne

 

 

National Women’s Health Advisory Council Special Advisers

Name

Organisation

Ms Bronwyn Morris-Donovan
CEO

Allied Health Professions Australia

Ms Helen White
CEO

Australian College of Midwives

Ms Padma Raman PSM
CEO

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

Associate Professor Aliza Werner Seidler

Black Dog Institute

Ms Katherine Isbister
CEO CRANAplus

Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia (CRANA)

Ms Nyadol Nyuon OAM
Chair

Harmony Alliance

Professor Cath Chamberlain
Head

Indigenous Health Equity Unit, University of Melbourne

Ms Nicky Bath
CEO

LGBTI Health Australia

Ms Shannon Calvert
Consumer Co-Chair

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

Professor Susan Davis
Director

Monash University Women’s Health Research Program

Professor Angela Dawson
Associate Dean Research, University of Technology Sydney

Public Health Association of Australia

Ms Nadia Levin
CEO

Research Australia

Dr Nicole Higgins
President

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Professor Danielle Mazza
Director

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

 

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