Women's health

Briefing paper

Improving the uptake of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in Australian hospitals

Breastfeeding is a normal biological process and protects the health and well-being of mothers and babies. Yet breastfeeding continues to be undervalued by society, and in Australia women face multiple barriers to breastfeeding in the home, community, health care system and workforce. The Baby Friendly...
Policy report

Policy brief: Women’s mental health in the context of COVID 19 and recommendations for action

This policy brief summarises the evidence for the impact of COVID-19 on women's mental health, and makes recommendations for government actions to better support women’s mental health during the COVID-19 response and recovery.

National Cervical Screening Program monitoring report 2019

This is the first report to monitor the National Cervical Screening Program since it introduced 5-yearly HPV tests in 2017. In 2018, among women aged 25–74, 1,795,395 had an HPV test, and 9% of all screening HPV tests performed were positive for HPV types that...
Journal article

Menstrual health and hygiene among Indigenous Australian girls and women: barriers and opportunities

This article provides perspectives on the challenges of menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) for Indigenous Australian girls and women in urban, rural and remote communities.

How can we better reach women and girls in crises?

This report proposes an approach to ensure that the extensive capacities of the U.S. government in the areas of maternal health, reproductive health, family plan­ning, and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response are no longer left on the sidelines in crisis response and recovery.

National women's health survey 2019

The Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey is an annual snapshot of the current health behaviours, knowledge and information needs of women living in Australia. Bringing to light findings that indicate specific gaps can help guide providers of health services and information for women in Australia...

Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's mental health system

Djirra's submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (‘the Commission’) explores the significant opportunity to break down barriers that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience in accessing culturally appropriate mental health support and to invest in early intervention and prevention efforts.
Policy report

Policy briefs from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

This major report provides policy briefs on major topics for women’s health and wellbeing. It draws on an array of ALSWH research work undertaken over the past decade that has been published with peer review and that provides sufficient evidence to warrant a series of...
Policy report

Western Australian women’s health and wellbeing policy

This policy document is the result of extensive consultation and considered commentary from a large number of organisations and individuals across the Western Australian health system and community. It aims to provide direction to the health system and its partners on how best to deliver...

Analysis of cervical cancer and abnormality outcomes in an era of cervical screening and HPV vaccination in Australia

This is the third report from an Australian-first project, combining screening, cancer, death, and HPV vaccination data to demonstrate the effects of screening and HPV vaccination on cervical cancer and precancerous abnormalities and to discern cervical screening behaviour.