Priorities for Victorian Women’s Health 2014-2018

Developed by Victorian Women’s Health Services, March 2014

Clear disparities in health outcomes exist for Victorian women.

For example, while Victorian women are more likely to live longer than Victorian men, their higher prevalence and incidence of non-fatal health problems result in more years lived with ill health and disability.

Victorian Women’s Health Services commend successive Victorian governments for their leadership on women’s health to date and encourage government to continue to partner with the women’s health sector to reduce the burden of ill health and disease for better health outcomes for Victorian women.

The Victorian women’s health sector seeks commitment to the development of a comprehensive women’s health policy and action platform for 2014–2018.

What should the women’s health policy and action platform include?

In order to reduce the burden of ill health and disease for better health outcomes for Victorian women, the women’s health policy and action platform calls for five specific actions from government:

  • Development of a statewide sexual and reproductive health strategy.
  • Investment and leadership in the primary prevention of violence against women.
  • Research and action on women in a changing society, specifically the impacts of climate change on the health of Victorian women
  • Development of a gendered mental health and wellbeing plan.
  • Further investment in the Victorian Women’s Health Program to implement initiatives arising from the actions above.

How must the women’s health policy and action platform be developed and implemented?

In order to succeed, the women’s health policy and action platform must be developed and implemented in the following way. It must:

  • be led by Government – with the Office of Women’s Affairs returned to the Department of Premier and Cabinet to assure a whole-of-government approach;
  • focus on gender equity across the whole of government and at all levels of government;
  • include clear performance goals or targets for measuring achievements;
  • ensure collection and analysis of gendered data; and
  • invest in Victorian women’s health services to lead local and statewide strategies.

To read more download the full Priorities document (pdf)