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Women’s Health Survey 2016: Unique insights into women’s health

Medical & health articles 28 Aug 2016
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In 2016, Jean Hailes for Women's Health conducted the second annual Women's Health Survey to understand the health information needs and behaviours of women living in Australia. Both women and health professionals were asked to complete an online survey.

Jean Hailes for Women's Health talked to thousands of women across Australia to find out their greatest health fears and concerns. The result: a comprehensive survey that offers unique insights into women across the nation. It's the only one of its kind in Australia.

Jean Hailes, Australia's leading and most trusted women's health organisation, has powerful data from the survey, including:

  • women's top five health concerns,
  • what women are keen to know more about and
  • what health professionals think women don't understand.

These findings have formed the basis for this year's Women's Health Week and the theme 'Am I normal?'. Jean Hailes will also be using the survey data to advance the conversation with policy makers, community leaders and health professionals.

There are many stories to be discovered within the pages of this survey, for instance:

  • Why do almost a quarter of women consider weight management to be their biggest health concern – more than cancer (17%) and chronic pain (8%)?
  • Who do women most compare their bodies to?
  • Why do more than 65% of women not have regular sexual health checks?
  • Where does the survey reveal gaps between what women worry about and what health professionals think women worry most about?
  • How many women went on a crash diet in the last 12 months?
  • How often do women visit the doctor every year?

What women worry most about

The survey found that these were the top five health concerns for women:

According to health professionals

In addition, a diverse range of 201 health professionals from across Australia completed a separate online survey and reported the following:

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