National Women's Health Policy

Chronic diseases prevention

Page last updated: 07 February 2011

Some felt that the national health priority areas (cardiovascular disease and stroke, cancer control, mental health (with a focus on depression), injury prevention and control, diabetes mellitus, asthma, arthritis and musculo-skeletal conditions) should be a policy priority. A number of submissions stated that substantial gains in women’s health could be achieved through gender analysis, education and health service delivery in these areas.

An increased research and policy focus, in the context of Australia’s growing rates of chronic diseases, on how the behavioural and relational aspects of a gendered existence underpin the circumstances and decisions that put individuals at varying risk of conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
(Public Health Association of Australia p. 8)

Preventing obesity was seen as important. Reducing the use of alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs—especially among young women—were also seen as crucial preventative health measures.