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Health and wellbeing

Queensland women are increasingly healthy and well and are living longer than men, however there are still specific health and wellbeing issues that need to be addressed. For example, Queensland women:

  • are most likely to die from heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for Queensland women (2013)
  • are more likely than men to experience mental and behavioural health problems, at 16.1% compared to males at 12.6% (2011-12)
  • are more likely to experience high to very high levels of psychological distress at 13.6% when compared with males at 7.7% (2011-12)
  • are less likely than males to meet their physical activity recommendations (2014)
  • are more likely than males to delay obtaining medical services and medications due to cost (2010).

Read more stats in the report card (PDF).

What you can do

Here are some of the initiatives you can get involved in to improve your health and wellbeing.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s education sessions: Monthly information sessions on the local health services available in the Wide Bay.
  • BreastScreen Queensland: Providing Queensland women with quality breast cancer screening and assessment services.
  • Deadly Choices: Aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
  • Female Facilities Program: This program aims to assist sport and recreation organisations and local governments to develop functional and inclusive female change rooms and amenities that meet the current and future needs of sport and recreation participants.
  • Get active: Find out about the benefits of getting active, no matter what stage of life you are in. This includes specific information for women and girls, seniors, people with disabilities, and Murri and Ailan people.
  • Get Healthy: A free and confidential phone coaching service providing information and support for you to make healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Get Out, Get Active: Provides funding for projects that will deliver community-based sport and recreation activities that increase opportunities for participation by women and girls.
  • Healthier. Happier: When our bodies and minds are healthy, we feel better and can get more out of life. Small changes can make a difference, and we’re here to help you take the first steps. Resources include a colour recipe wheel and a calculator to find out your health and fitness age.
  • Join the movement: It’s time to get active. It’s not about ability, and it’s not about perfection – it’s about having more energy and feeling better.
  • Midwife Check-in: Register for this program, which is a free, telephone-based information and support service for pregnant women and new mums.
  • Mobile women’s health service: Specially trained, registered nurses based throughout Queensland provide a free and confidential service for Queensland women, aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of women in rural and remote areas.
  • Mums and Bubs: Provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies with specialist maternal and child health support.
  • My health for life: Is a free, government-funded, healthy lifestyle program. It is aimed at Queenslanders who are at risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke who want to keep their health on track.
  • Pregnancy Assessment Centre: Mater Mothers’ Hospital has opened Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre to care for women from the very beginning of pregnancy through until six weeks after the baby has been born.
  • Quitline: A confidential, free service for people who want to quit smoking.
  • Start Playing, Stay Playing: This initiative is about encouraging women and girls to be active throughout their lives. Also find out about the Start Playing, Stay Playing Excellence Awards.
  • Vaccidate: A tool to help you manage your child’s vaccination schedule in Queensland for children up to 4 years of age.
  • Women's Health Queensland Wide: A health promotion, information and education charity that provides coaching, support and information to women of all ages and at all stages of their health journey.
  • Young Empowered Parents Program: Contributes to positive beginnings for young parents up to the age of 25.

Useful information

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You can also visit the Queensland women’s website to find out about other topics for women such as your career, where you can find support for different issues, safety, parenting, seniors, events held throughout the state, and the history of Queensland women.

Use the service locator to find contact details for government and community services relevant to Queensland women and girls. You can search for services in your region across a wide range of categories.

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Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.