Annual Womenâ€™s Health Week
The 6th annual Womenâ€™s Health Week took place over 3-7 September 2018, an event which raises awareness of both health maintenance and prevention of future health problems for all Australian women. Raising the profile of womenâ€™s health issues, this week involves a number of events throughout the country and different electorates.
Womenâ€™s Health Week serves as a reminder of the Coalition Governmentâ€™s continual investment in womenâ€™s health initiatives, which I hope have been able to benefit the women of both the Sturt electorate and Australia as a whole.
In addition to ongoing services, the Government has announced a range of initiatives to support womenâ€™s health in 2018, including:
- The creation of the first ever National Action Plan for Endometriosis, supported with an initial Commonwealth investment of $4.7 million for greater awareness, clinical care and research into this common menstrual health disorder
- $703.6 million to list Kisqali on the Pharamceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), to provide subsidised access to treatment for breast cancer from 1 July 2018
- $39.5 million is list Boostrix and Adacel on the PBS to immunise pregnant women and their unborn children from whooping cough
- $9 million for the Butterfly Foundation to provide novel treatment and to coordinate a national system of care for people with diagnosed eating disorders, which prominently affect women
- $18.6 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council for 29 new womenâ€™s health research projects, including for breast cancer research, sexual and reproductive health, and non-communicable disease prevention and detection
- 17.5 million through the Medical Research Future Fund for the Womenâ€™s Health Research, Maternal Health, and First 2,000 Days Initiative
- The current development of an Australian Breastfeeding Strategy
- The current development of a National Womenâ€™s Health strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of all women in Australia over the coming decades.
Womenâ€™s Health Week has served as a great reminder about the importance of womenâ€™s health and the significant initiatives that are being created to support this important aspect of our community.