Women’s Health Data: Health behaviours and risk factors

Health behaviours and risk factors can improve or worsen health conditions experienced by Australian women. The social and economic environments in which women live impact on women’s ability to improve their health. These environments need to be considered and improved upon and individual women should not be blamed for their inability to improve their health status.

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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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