National Women's Health Policy

Goal areas

Page last updated: 07 February 2011


The overall objective of the National Women’s Health Policy is to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of all women in Australia. The policy outlines five key goals which are important to achieve this objective. These goals articulate long-term objectives to be adopted for improving and facilitating women’s access to health care services and information and to encourage the health system and whole of the government to be more responsive to the health needs of women.

The policy goals are intended to highlight ways that gender inequality and health inequities (between women and men, and between groups of women) can be addressed.

The five goals of the National Women’s Health Policy are to:
  • Highlight the significance of gender as a key determinant of women’s health and wellbeing.
  • Acknowledge that women’s health needs differ according to their life stage.
  • Prioritise the needs of women with the highest risk of poor health.
  • Ensure the health system is responsive to all women, with a clear focus on illness and disease prevention and health promotion.
  • Support effective and collaborative research, data collection, monitoring, evaluation and knowledge transfer to advance the evidence base on women’s health.