Update: Scorecard has been updated since receiving a response from the Turnbull Coalition Team.
The first Australian Women’s Health Charter, developed in the lead up to the Federal election by the Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN), called on political parties to commit to action ensuring the health and wellbeing needs of all women in Australia are met.
According to the World Health Organisation, taking action to improve gender equity in health and address women’s right to health, is one of the best ways to reduce health inequities and ensure the effective use of health resources.
“It’s evident from the responses received that the Labor Party and the Greens are showing strong political leadership when it comes to gender equality.” Kelly Banister AWHN CEO said.
“We are still waiting on a response from the Liberal Party and National Party to show their support for the first Australian Women’s Health Charter and the future of women’s health in Australia,”
Ms Banister said.
“Without a pre-election funding commitment from all parties, the future of the only independent national peak women’s health organisation is uncertain beyond December 2016.”
The Australian Women’s Health Charter Scorecard shows how each of the major parties responded to the Charter’s proposals for achieving gender equity.
The scorecard is available on the Australian Women’s Health Network’s website here. (insert link)
Other key stakeholder organisations that have developed scorecards and policy analysis include the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association, Climate and Health Alliance, and Human Rights Watch.
More information on the first Australian Women’s Health Charter is available here.
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