On Sunday 9 May 2021, the Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt MP announced a $353.9m investment in women’s health. Amongst a small group of beneficiaries, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health secured four years’ funding to deliver programs for priority areas identified in the National Women's Health Strategy 2020–2030.
Janet Michelmore AO, CEO of Jean Hailes, and daughter of the pioneer women’s health clinician Dr Jean Hailes says the organisation is "looking forward to ongoing work with our stakeholders to provide programs and services to priority groups particularly given the disproportionate impact on women during the pandemic".
Since 1997 Jean Hailes has worked with successive governments to improve women’s health by contributing to the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 and managing the National Digital Gateway for Women’s Health and Wellbeing since 2016. As well as policy contributions, the organisation’s main role is to provide practical, evidence-based resources and healthcare programs for Australian women and girls across their lifespan. In May 2021 Jean Hailes launched the opening of Gidget House at the Clayton clinic, catering to women suffering from acute perinatal depression. Over the next four years Jean Hailes will continue to address the five topics identified in the 2020-2030 health strategy including maternal, sexual and reproductive health, healthy ageing, chronic conditions and preventive health, mental health, and the health impacts of violence against women and girls.
Janet Michelmore welcomes the Government’s commitment to women’s health and says they will focus on COVID-19 recovery as their first priority.
"For nearly 30 years Jean Hailes has listened and responded to the needs of women. We identify gaps in health information, research and services. In the COVID-19 recovery our mission has not changed. We must address the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls’ mental health and the breakdown in regular health screenings. With the security of four years’ funding, we can commence the long journey back."
Established in 1992 Jean Hailes is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women’s health across Australia through every life stage. For almost thirty years the Foundation has been the country’s most trusted women’s health organisation with over two million website users a year, and partnerships in every state and territory across the country. The organisation works tirelessly to provide improved professional training, free public health resources, research and clinical services and policy.
For more information on Jean Hailes or to interview Janet Michelmore, please contact Vanessa Rouse on 0401 278 500 or email email@example.com