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Women’s Health Survey results launched

Research | Policy 23 Oct 2019
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The results of the fifth annual Jean Hailes Women's Health Survey were launched this morning at Parliament House in Canberra by Federal Health Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt.

Almost 10,000 women from all over Australia completed our online survey, offering revealing insights into their health concerns, needs and behaviours.

The survey results have told us the rates of women experiencing discrimination in accessing health care, their perceptions of weight, rates of anxiety and depression, how many women are choosing to freeze their eggs, and much more.

Some highlights include:

  • 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.

The survey's chief investigator and Head of Research Partnerships and Philanthropy at Jean Hailes, Dr Rachel Mudge, says the survey findings "underscore the pressure that women across the country face as they juggle work, young children, as well as ageing parents and other social demands."

Rates of anxiety and women's negative perceptions of their bodies are a common theme in our annual survey, something that social media seems to be fuelling,"

Dr Mudge says

Jean Hailes CEO, David Lloyd, says the survey provides a "powerful snapshot of the state of women's health and wellbeing across the country."

Our findings will be used in many ways and will contribute to the creation of new resources for women and the health professionals who care for them,"

says Mr Lloyd.
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The launch of the survey results is an early highlight of the second and final day of the inaugural Jean Hailes Women's Health Symposium, which began in Canberra yesterday at the Australian National University.

The symposium has brought together more than 100 women's health professionals from all over the country, ranging from clinicians and educators to academics and policymakers, as they explore and chart new paths through the current landscape of women's health in Australia.

For the full survey results, go to

Pictured from left: Chris Enright (Jean Hailes), Dr Rachel Mudge (Jean Hailes), The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health, and David Lloyd (Jean Hailes)

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