ALP announces support for the Australian Women’s Health Charter and commits to funding the Australian Women’s Health Network if elected.
The Australian Women’s Health Network is delighted at the endorsement of the Australian Labor Party for the first Australian Women’s Health Charter.
The ALP leader Bill Shorten announced their position as follows:
A Shorten Labor Government will make women’s health a national priority by committing to the Australian Women’s Health Charter as proposed by the Australian Women’s Health Network.
This will improve women’s health through a whole-of-government approach to making sure Australian women have optimal health and well-being, and access to gender based services. Labor will:
- Develop a National Women’s Health Policy. This will ensure there is a whole-of-government approach to women’s health and it is taken into consideration in all areas of government policy.
- Provide funding to the Australian Women’s Health Network to continue their important work and assist in the development of the National Women’s Health Policy. This will involve funding of $225,000 a year for four years. The Australian Women’s Health Network will work collaboratively with service providers to identify emerging issues and research areas of concern to women’s health and well-being.
- Labor will contribute to developing a national conversation about women’s health by providing $100,000 to develop a national conference through the Office of Women in conjunction with women’s peak health organisations to identify priorities, new policy ideas and research areas.
“This commitment by the ALP is important as it recognises the critical work of the Australian Women’s Health Network in driving better health outcomes for women and all Australians,” AWHN CEO Kelly Banister said.
“An appropriately funded, whole of government approach to addressing the significant impact of gender on health and wellbeing is crucial.”
“This work is too important is about creating a fair and healthy society and needs support across all political lines,” Ms Banister said.
“We are still waiting on responses from the other major parties and call on them to also endorse the Australian Women’s Health Charter and commit to funding the organisation.”
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