Queenslanders to have their say on the future of women and girls’ health

Published Thursday, 14 September, 2023 at 10:46 AM


Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

  • Palaszczuk Government’s draft Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy is now open for consultation
  • The Strategy will be critical for improving women and girls’ health over the next decade
  • Queenslanders can have their say until 19 October 2023

 The Palaszczuk Government is asking Queenslanders to have their say to ensure all women and girls can be healthy and thrive in social, economic, and cultural activities.

Public consultation is now open on the draft Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy and Queenslanders can participate through a short survey.

The Strategy is being developed by Queensland Health in consultation with women and girls in the community, as well as government agencies and other organisations.

Genuine co-design and partnership will deliver real change and extensive consultation is critical to ensure the voices of women and girls living in Queensland are at the heart of the Strategy.

Many women and girls have already shared their experiences and suggestions on how to improve the health of women and girls which has been reflected in the draft Strategy and this next stage seeks the views of a broader cross-section of Queenslanders.

The survey also provides an opportunity to share experiences with our health system which will help to further understand the key issues.

All responses will be considered to ensure the new Strategy responds directly to the voices of Queenslanders and to improve the health of women and girls.

The Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy is a commitment under the Queensland Women's Strategy 2022-27 and will take a whole-of-government approach to health and wellbeing by considering the social determinants of health and the roles that other Queensland Government agencies play in supporting the health of women and girls.

The survey and public consultation draft of the Strategy can be accessed online

Information on some of the key issues are also available on the website.

Quotes attributable to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk:

“We want to hear from the women and girls of Queensland about the kind of healthcare you need.

“You should always be able to access safe, quality care – and your concerns about your health should be heard and believed.

“As someone who gone through endometriosis, IVF and a miscarriage, I know how important this is.

“It’s why our government is developing a dedicated Women and Girls health Strategy and we want you to be a part of it.

“I encourage all Queensland women and girls to have your say.”

Quotes attributable to Minster for Women, Shannon Fentiman:

“We know that women in Australia, and in Queensland, experience different health outcomes than men.

“As both the Minister for Health and the Minister for Women, I am committed to doing everything I can to improve the lives of Queensland’s women and girls, no matter where they live.

“I am incredibly proud of the investments we’ve made in women’s health and mental health services already, and this strategy will ensure we continue to get the best outcomes over the next decade.

“To make sure we have the best strategy possible, we need to hear the voices of women and girls from right across the state. Tell us what matters to you."

Quotes attributable to Jess Taylor, QENDO:

“It’s time for change.

“Amidst improving women's health in Queensland, it's crucial to confront the past biases and systemic hurdles that have left women and girls underserved, impacted financially, and has disrupted their success.

“The focus on conditions like endometriosis signifies a turning point – acknowledging the historical lack of understanding and support for female-specific health challenges."

Embracing this shift empowers us to unravel the complexities, ensuring a future where women's well-being is truly understood and prioritised.”


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