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National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030

The Federal Government has given more than $50 million in funding to improve women’s health under the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030, focusing on areas such as ovarian cancer and endometriosis. The strategy includes recommendations for action by governments, health professionals and women themselves with the mantra there is no “average woman”.

The $50 million will be split into:

  • $20 million for research to help Australian women in their fight against ovarian cancer with a focus on early detection.
  • $10 million for endometriosis
  • $5 million to Jean Hailes for Women’s Health for the continuation of its National Women’s Health Initiative
  • $9 million investment for drug and alcohol rehabilitation program
  • $1.3 million for an intensive support service to support families following stillbirth
  • $4 million for reproductive and family planning organisations
  • $1.5 million over three years for local women’s health promotion grants

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has outlined that Australian women on the whole enjoy long, healthy lives, with a current average life expectancy of 85 for those born in recent years. However, stating relatively long-life expectancy disguises a large element of avoidable ill-health and inequitable outcomes between different groups.

Minister Hunt had also previously announced the investment of $32 million so breast cancer patients, who are largely women, can have MRI and PET scans covered under Medicare.

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