The 2019 Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey is the fifth annual survey implemented nationally by the organisation to better understand the health needs and behaviours of women living in Australia. The survey was developed to identify emerging issues and trends in women’s health, and to inform health promotion activities (including Jean Hailes’ annual national Women’s Health Week campaign) so that they more effectively respond to the specific health and information needs of women in Australia. We recognise that different women receive and process information through a range of methods and the survey assists us in identifying effective ways of communicating to all.
The survey aimed to:
- Examine perceived gaps in women’s health information as identified by women themselves.
- Identify and understand future health needs of women living in Australia as identified by women themselves.
- Explore and describe current health knowledge and behaviours of women in Australia.
10,661 people responded to the 2019 survey. 662 responses were excluded from the analysis (10 respondents were younger than 18 and 652 respondents completed less than 10% of the survey), resulting in a sample size (n) of 9999 women aged 18 years or older living in Australia.
- more than a third of women who responded to the survey said they have had depression (34.6%) or anxiety (39.4%)
- 42% of women reported feeling nervous, anxious or on edge nearly every day or at least weekly in the past four weeks
- women aged between 18-35 reported the highest levels of anxiety, with 64.1% feeling nervous, anxious or on edge nearly every day or at least weekly in the past four weeks
- women aged 18-35 are also the loneliest of all age groups—almost 40% reported feelings of loneliness every week
- more than 50% of women aged 36-65 perceive themselves as overweight or obese.