AWHN‘s involvement with the current National Women’s Health Policy
The Australian Women’s Health Network is best placed to provide an informed, national voice on women’s health and well-being.
AWHN has provided a national voice on women’s health issues, based on informed consultation with its members, for nearly 30 years. During this time it has influenced health policy, research and practice reform in a variety of key women’s health areas.
AWHN’s involvement with the current National Women’s Health Policy is a good example of this influence.
Our involvement included:
- successfully advocated for the development of a new policy when the first policy lapsed
- facilitated dissemination of the Commonwealth Government’s discussion paper Development of a New National Women’s Health Policy: Consultation Discussion Paper 2009
- to strengthening input into the development of this Policy, provided:
- an initial response to the consultation paper
- a template to assist other organisations to write submissions
- promotion of the consultation process to its members and other stakeholders
- listing on AWHN website of Submissions by others.
AWHN is a highly respected women’s health promotion advocacy organisation with organisational members drawn from across the community, public and private health sectors and every state and territory in Australia.
In 2012, the importance of AWHN’s work was recognised by the Australian Government with a grant from the Health Systems Capacity Development Fund through the Department of Health. This funding supported a significant expansion of the organisation’s capacity with the employment of a full-time Chief Executive Officer.
As a result of this increased capacity, AWHN researched and published various resources providing evidence informed advice on diverse women’s health issues, ranging from: the diagnosis, treatment and research of non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; through the impact of economic and climatic disaster; to the harm caused by the use of gendered stereotypes to sell public health messages.
Examples of other activity undertaken by AWHN include the provision of important professional development opportunities, such as the well regarded National Women’s Health Conferences, and development of the Women’s Health Hub: The Australian Women’s Health Network Clearinghouse, the only national, central entry point to access and share information on women’s health.
AWHN is now in an excellent position to capitalise on the value of the resources developed over the past 3 years and promote their mainstream implementation. This work will support the creation of better policy and provide greater access to health information, thereby enhancing delivery of women’s health services and improve the health and wellbeing of all women.
Submissions can be downloaded by right-clicking (control click mac) on a PDF or WORD icon and selecting “Save as”.
Submissions by AWHN
AWHN Submission Inquiry into sterilisation of WGWD Feb 2013
AWHN Submission – Senate Committee Inquiry WHO Commission SDoH Report
AWHN submission to NWHP
AWHN Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave. 2 June, 2008
AWHN Submission to the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and Children. 31 July, 2008
AWHN Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the effectiveness of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality. 1 August, 2008
Submissions by others
Australian Women’s Coalition Appendix 1
Australian Women’s Coalition Appendix 2
Australian Women’s Coalition Appendix 3
Australian Women’s Coalition Appendix 4
Australian Women’s Coalition Appendix 5
Australian Women’s Coalition
Women’s Health Victoria
Women’s Healthworks – Health Education and Resource Centre
Women’s Health Grampians Submission
Children by Choice
Dr Ruth McNair
NCOSS – Council of Social Services of NSW
WOMENS Healthworks and Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre Collaboration