National Women's Health Policy

Priority areas and targeted conditions

Page last updated: 07 February 2011

Using the evidence base drawn from key government data sources and surveys, emerging evidence from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and the consolidated submissions and consultations for the development of this policy, four key challenges have been identified as crucial to improving women’s health over the next two decades. These areas are:

1. prevention of chronic diseases through the control of risk factors (targeting chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, as well as risk factors such as obesity, nutrition, physical inactivity, alcohol and tobacco consumption);

2. mental health and wellbeing (targeting anxiety, depression and suicide);

3. sexual and reproductive health (targeting sexually transmitted infections, screening/vaccination and fertility control); and

4. healthy ageing (targeting musculo-skeletal conditions, disability and dementia).

Each of these priority areas will be discussed in-depth, in Chapter Three, from both a lifespan perspective and according to the impact of the targeted conditions on specific groups of women. The following section provides an overview of each targeted condition under the priority areas.