Media Release – Coalition response, disappointing for AWHN

The Coalition has not endorsed the first Australian Women’s Health Charter or committed to any of its four proposals.

The Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) is disappointed in the Turnbull Coalition Team response to its call for support of the Australian Women’s Health Charter if elected.

The Coalition neither acknowledged the Charter nor addressed any of its specific content.

“Investment in women’s health policies and programs was referred to in the Coalition’s response but these were ad hoc and largely focused on screening and childcare,” AWHN Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister said.

“If we are to create a fair and healthy society where Australian women experience optimal health and wellbeing we need a sustained, integrated approach based on the real conditions of people lives.”

“The Coalition’s lack of direct consideration of and support for the Charter is very disappointing,” Ms Banister said.

The full response from the Coalition can be viewed here.

Media Enquiries

Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister
contact: 0408 061 901 /

National Board Chairperson, Marilyn Beaumont, contact: 0419 597 516

For enquiries contact Michelle Hoare, Communications Coordinator
contact: 0412 044 952 /

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AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.

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