Boutique health? Gender and health policy

Health Australia

Toni Schofield examines the ways in which gender has been represented and understood in 'gender-specific' health policy discourse. She seeks to identify more clearly the nature of 'the problem' of gender and health and to recommend directions for improving the way in which it has been represented and addressed in policy to date.

This paper also explores recent international trends towards 'mainstreaming' gender in policy and discusses the implications of this development for addressing the goals and 'outcomes' identified within gender-specific health policy. This discussion is informed by recent Australian research on the advancement of gender equity goals in public policy-making.

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