Women’s policy

Clearinghouse Connector – April 2014

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Women’s health policy

National Women’s Health Policy 2010 Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2010
Developed by the Commonwealth government, the policy builds on the foundations of the first Women’s National Health Policy, which was released in 1989. The policy aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all women in Australia, especially those at greatest risk for poor health.


Victorian policy

This section identifies Victorian policy that is relevant to women and women’s health.

Victoria’s action plan to address violence against women and children: 2012-2015 Victoria. Department of Human Services, 2012
The plan outlines the Victorian Government’s approach to reducing violence against women and children. The plan sets out action across the prevention, early intervention and response stages. The plan is Victoria’s jurisdictional implementation of the National plan to reduce violence against women and their children.

Strong culture, strong peoples, strong families : towards a safer future for Indigenous families and communities: 10 year plan Victoria. Department of Planning and Community Development, 2008
The plan was written by the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum of Indigenous community representatives from the 10 regions across the state, Indigenous organisations and senior representatives from government departments. It is a living document which will guide, inform and direct joint efforts of the Indigenous community and the Victorian Government to reduce Indigenous family violence.

Victorian health priorities framework 2012-2022 : metropolitan health plan Victoria. Department of Health, 2011
The Metropolitan Plan was released in May 2011. It outlines the state-wide planning principles for the Victorian health system. The plan applies the seven reform priorities of the Framework to the context of metropolitan Victoria. The plan should be considered in the context of the Rural and regional health plan.

Victorian health priorities framework 2012-2022 : rural and regional health plan Victoria. Department of Health, 2011 The Rural and Regional Health Plan was released in December 2011. It describes the application of the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012-2022 to the specific context of regional and rural Victoria. It acknowledges the particular issues and challenges that impact on the health of rural and regional Victorians. The plan should be considered in the context of the Metropolitan health plan.

Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2011-2015 Victoria. Department of Health, 2011
The plan identifies the public health priorities for the Victorian Government. Preventative health is key to the plan, and health protection and promotion are also listed as ways to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

Koolin Balit : strategic direction for Aboriginal health 2012-2022 Victoria. Department of Health, 2013
This is a ten year strategy that aims to improve the health of Aboriginal Victorians. Key priorities are to close the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal people living in Victoria, reduce the differences in infant mortality rates, morbidity and low birth weights and improve access to services and outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Victoria’s priorities for mental health reform 2013–2015 Victoria. Department of Health, 2013
The plan sets out the three key priorities for mental health reform in Victoria: giving all Victorians the best chance to enjoy good mental health and wellbeing; ensuring people experiencing mental illness receive high quality help easily and early; and providing well-coordinated care that helps people address the diverse health, social and economic impacts of mental illness. Achieving improvements in mental health service delivery under this plan will complement the overall health system improvements set out in the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012-2022.

Reducing the alcohol and drug toll : Victoria’s plan 2013-2017 Victoria. Department of Health, 2013
The plan sets out a fifteen point plan that provides a response to the three major drug types: alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs and illegal drugs. It focuses on care, treatment and recovery as well as strengthening leadership and coordinated action in reducing the alcohol and drug toll.

Victorian charter of human rights and responsibilities Victoria. Parliament, 2006
The Charter is a Victorian law that sets out the basic rights, freedoms and responsibilities of all people in Victoria. Twenty fundamental human rights are protected in the Charter because the Victorian Parliament recognises that human beings have basic rights, including the right to be treated equally, to be safe from violence and abuse, to be part of a family and to have their privacy respected.

Victorian state disability plan 2013-2016 Victoria. Department of Human Services, 2012
The plan outlines the Government’s commitment to ensuring that people with disability have the chance to participate fully in Victoria’s economy and communities. The plan aims to reduce barriers and improve public spaces, planning, transport and the justice system. The plan’s vision is of an inclusive Victorian society that enables people with a disability, their families and carers to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.

Victorian homelessness action plan 2011-2015 Victoria. Department of Human Services, 2011
The plan focuses on early intervention, so that individuals do not become homeless. This will be achieved through better integration of services and the provision of support to people according to their individual needs. There is also a new focus on partnerships with different services so that the Government can develop a more cohesive, coordinated response to homelessness in Victoria.


Australian policy

This section identifies Australian national policy that is relevant to women and women’s health.

National plan to reduce violence against women and their children 2010-2022 Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2012
The plan is designed to provide a coordinated framework for the actions of Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to make a real and sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women and their children. The second action plan will be launched later in 2014.

Gender equality blueprint 2010 Australian Human Rights Commission, 2010
The blueprint sets out the Commission’s recommendations for Australian gender equality reform, grouped into five priority areas:
* Balancing paid work and family and caring responsibilities;
* Ensuring women’s lifetime economic security;
* Promoting women in leadership;
* Preventing violence against women and sexual harassment;
* Strengthening national gender equality laws, agencies and monitoring.

Building a 21st century primary health care system : Australia’s first national primary health care strategy Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2010
The strategy represents the first comprehensive national policy statement for primary health care in Australia and provides the platform on which to build a strong and efficient primary health care system into the future.

The national drug strategy 2010-2015 : a framework for action on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2011
The aim of the strategy is to build safe and healthy communities by minimising alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities.

National mental health policy 2008 Australia. Department of Health, 2009
The policy is a strategic framework to support improved mental health outcomes for people at risk for, or experiencing, mental health problems or mental illness.

National disability strategy 2010-2020 Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2011
The strategy sets out a ten year national plan for improving life for Australians with disability, their families and carers. The development of this strategy is the first time in Australia’s history that all governments have committed to a unified, national approach to improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers, and to providing leadership for a community-wide shift in attitudes. The shared vision is for an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.


International policy

This section identifies international law and policy that is relevant to women and women’s health.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) United Nations, 1979
The CEDAW convention, adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. It defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights United Nations. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1976
The covenant was adopted in 1966 by the UN General Assembly. It agrees upon a number of rights, including the right to an adequate standard of living and the right to health.

Women, ageing and health : a framework for action World Health Organization, 2007
The framework addresses the health status and factors that influence women’s health at midlife and older ages with a focus on gender. It provides guidance on how policy-makers, practitioners, non-government organisations and civil society can improve the health and wellbeing of ageing women by simultaneously applying both a gender and an ageing lens in their policies, programmes and practices, as well as in research.


Related websites and resources

Australia. Department of Health National women’s health policy

Victoria. Department of Health Women’s health and wellbeing

Victoria. Department of Human Services Office of Women’s Affairs

Women’s Health Victoria Issues Papers

Women’s Health Victoria Gender Impact Assessments

Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) Position Papers


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