End gender bias in Australia’s healthcare system

The National Women’s Health Advisory Council has launched the #EndGenderBias survey to better understand the barriers and bias women and people assigned female at birth, face in the health system.

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Women and girls face unique challenges in Australia’s healthcare system, which can lead to poorer health results like:

  • delayed diagnosis and treatment
  • over prescribing and
  • dismissal of pain.

Gender bias in health research affects the evidence base, with data often collected from men and generalised to women.

Established in 2023, the National Women’s Health Advisory Council advises the Australian Government on ways to improve health outcomes for women, girls and people assigned female at birth. The council is now calling on women, experts and healthcare professionals to share their views in the #EndGenderBias survey, available in 17 different languages.

The survey aims to understand barriers and bias women face in the health system.

Responses can remain anonymous and be done online through text, video or audio recordings. Responders must complete demographic and screening questions first.

The council wants to hear from all Australian women, including:

  • First Nations women
  • the LGBTIQ+ community
  • migrant and refugee communities
  • women with a lived experience of disability
  • women from regional and remote areas.

Complete or share the survey today

Have you (or someone you care for) experienced access barriers or gender bias as a woman in Australia’s healthcare system?

You can share your experiences and complete the survey by 13 October 2023 to help #EndGenderBias. 

Visit the National Women's Health Advisory Council webpage for more information or see the Information kit for promotional materials to share with your networks.

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