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February 2016

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Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria Rita Butera and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy discuss the Victorian Women’s Health Atlas.

Women’s health is on the map

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has launched the Victorian Women’s Health Atlas.

The innovative, interactive web-based resource provides sex-disaggregated data across a range of priority health issues for women.

It was developed by Women’s Health Victoria, in collaboration with other statewide and regional women’s health services.

‘The Victorian Women’s Health Atlas is a spectacular achievement – an engaging platform that reflects the reality of women in Victoria,’ Ms Hennessy said.

‘Access to reliable data is critical to our efforts to improve health outcomes,’ said Women’s Health Victoria Executive Director Rita Butera.

‘It is an important tool in program and policy design and evaluation.

‘Until now, we haven’t been able to easily access gender-specific data on key health issues.

‘The Victorian Women’s Health Atlas makes visible the differing experiences of women and men and provides an evidence base for planning and monitoring which will contribute to lasting improvements in women’s health.’

It shows gender differences covering indicators for sexual health and reproduction, gendered demographics, mental health and violence against women for each local government area in Victoria.

‘The Atlas will assist state and local governments, health services and other organisations to bring a gendered approach to health issues, target resources and ultimately improve health outcomes for women,’ Ms Butera said.

WHV is a not-for-profit, state-wide women’s health promotion, information and advocacy service, focused on improving the lives of Victorian women.

It works collaboratively with women, health professionals, policy makers and community organisations to influence and inform health policy and service delivery for women.

The work of WHV is underpinned by a social model of health and a commitment to reducing inequities in health which arise from social, economic and environmental determinants.

•       For more information, visit www.whv.org.au.