Women’s Health Data: Access to services

Access to services such as health care, housing and transport has a strong impact on women’s health status. Financial and other barriers to accessing these services differ between various groups of women.

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Key statistics

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

Women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Women with disabilities

Same-sex attracted women


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Published: February 2014

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