Queensland women are increasingly healthy and well and are living longer than men. The rates of breast and cervical cancer are decreasing, with fewer deaths from these diseases. Strategies to improve women’s health must be tailored to the stages of women’s lives and address their specific needs. Strategies must also recognise the impact of violence and trauma on women’s health.
The big health and wellbeing issues for Queensland women are:
Unfortunately, the advancements in health and wellbeing that many Queensland women enjoy are not experienced equally by all. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are generally in poorer health, and women living in disadvantaged areas are less likely to have the time and resources to do enough physical activity to obtain significant health benefits.
Culturally and linguistically diverse women, including refugees, may have significant health requirements that require specialised care. Women experiencing disadvantage, including women with disability and women living in rural, regional and remote areas, may experience difficulty accessing health services, including sexual and reproductive health services, with a subsequent negative impact on their health outcomes.
The Queensland Women's Strategy proposed a range of actions that would progress gender equality in Queensland.
Commitments made by the Queensland Government, community and private sector partners to deliver on these proposals are listed below each proposed action.