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We didn’t bounce back - National Women's Health Survey results

Media releases | Research | Jean Hailes news | Women's Health Week 6 Sep 2022

Many Australian women say their physical and mental health has deteriorated since the pandemic began, regardless of whether they have had COVID-19 or not, the 2022 Jean Hailes National Women’s Health Survey has found.

The survey was conducted in March-May and attracted over 14,000 respondents. For the first time in its seven year history, it was translated into Chinese (simplified), Arabic and Vietnamese.

This year’s survey focused on the pandemic, providing the most up-to-date snapshot of how women in Australia are faring in a ‘COVID-19 normal’ environment. Alarmingly, over 40% of women said their physical and mental health has deteriorated since the pandemic began, regardless of whether they have had COVID-19 or not.

4 in 10 women say their health has deteriorated

The results show how hard it has been for women, financially, physically and mentally over the past two years. It also reminds us that our experiences varied, with concerning findings for women with disabilities, who represented over 10% of respondents.”

Janet Michelmore AO, CEO of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

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