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.