Media Release – A decision on the future of AWHN

Federal government health funding cuts lead to drastic rationalisation of Australia’s only women’s health promotion peak body.

Government funding cuts to the the Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) has forced the organisation to make drastic changes to the way the 30 year old network will operate beyond 2016.

From January 2017, the organisation will become a volunteer entity with all paid staff positions to cease from 31 December, 2016.

Kelly Banister, CEO said:

“This decision was a very difficult and sad one for the AWHN Board to make.”

“AWHN has been advocating for improvements to women’s health in Australia for over 30 years.”

“The four years of federal government funding received in 2011 enabled the network to progress from a volunteer organisation with limited capacity to a highly productive professional and well-regarded health promotion charity, dedicated to the health and wellbeing of women in Australia.”

“Despite support from the Labor Party, the Greens and other cross benchers, the Liberal National party does not see a need for an independent nationally funded women’s health advisory and promotion organisation.”

“This decision is devastating for the staff, board, members and supporting organisations of AWHN.”

AWHN has received many messages of support from all over Australia during the past few months. Further updates about the organisation’s future will be posted on the organisation’s website and social media channels.

Media Enquiries

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

Communications Coordinator, Michelle Hoare
contact: 0412 044 952 /

Australian Women’s Health Network | The national voice for women’s health

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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