National Women's Health Policy

Economic health and wellbeing

Page last updated: 07 February 2011

Economic wellbeing was rated as the most important issue in several submissions, and as a major concern in many. Women who are socioeconomically disadvantaged suffer poor health and have a high chance of having children who also have poor health. The lack of equity in women’s pay and the gap in superannuation savings are major contributors to women’s relatively poor economic security. Their financial security is also influenced by different life stages and events such as child rearing, caring for elderly parents, retirement and the death of a partner.