Women and girls make up more than half of our population, yet their health has been overlooked and underdiagnosed for too long. Women often experience barriers when trying to access the services they need to support their physical and mental health.
Gender equality contributes to better health. Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. Every girl and woman deserves access to care regardless of their background or circumstances. We are dedicated to improving women's healthcare in Victoria by setting a new standard for comprehensive, accessible, inclusive, high-quality services.
To bridge the gap in women's healthcare, the Department of Health is leading the delivery of the $153.9 million package to change the way women's health issues are treated. This will expand upon the Victorian Government's current investment in women's health promotion services, access to information, sexual and reproductive health services, primary care sentinel practices, public hospital specialist clinics, and initiatives aimed at healthcare recruitment and training.
The delivery of the package will include the following initiatives:
Women's Health Clinics
Establishment of 20 new women's health clinics over 4 years, and a dedicated Aboriginal-led women's clinic, to overcome some of the barriers to women's medical treatment our community faces.
The clinics aim to gradually provide a 'one-stop-shop' experience while enabling women to receive services or advice on issues from contraception to menopause and pelvic pain. The clinics will facilitate access to interdisciplinary care for women, girls, and gender diverse people.
Mobile women's health clinic
Establishment of a mobile women's health clinic to improve access for women in regional and remote Victoria to specialised women's health services.
An additional 10,800 laparoscopies to help diagnose and treat debilitating endometriosis, which affects one in every 9 girls and women.
Sexual and reproductive hubs and primary care sentinel practices
- long-acting contraception
- sexually transmissible infection prevention, testing, and treatment
- medical termination of pregnancy, and support referral for surgical termination.
We are expanding and upskilling primary care sentinel practice services to support sexual health prevention, testing, treatment, and care.
Grants to women's health NGOs
Establish mental and well-being support groups for women to address specific health issues, including chronic disease and menopause.
Women's Health Research Institute
Support the creation of a women's health research institute to identify and treat common health issues (e.g. cardiovascular) and diseases specific to women (e.g. endometriosis).
The Institute will establish links with research institutes nationally and internationally, the key health services, researchers and clinicians across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria and drive clinical trials in women’s health issues.
We aim to work with key partners and invest in research support services to improve women's health outcomes and address sex and gender differences in healthcare.
Inquiry into women's pain management
Establish an inquiry into women's pain management to examine systemic issues and find solutions that will be the basis for improving patient care.
It will enable women and those with living, and lived experience, to inform the design and delivery of initiatives and service improvement relating to pain management services across the state.
Research support services
Funding data collection of sex and gender demographics and research projects that explore differences in access to services for diagnostics, treatment, and management of different health conditions. Research findings will inform public health policy and clinical practice.
Women's health specialist scholarships
Provide scholarships for extra specialists in women's health.
Reviewed 23 November 2023