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Women’s Health Survey 2017 – media launch

Media releases 25 Aug 2017
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Survey launch: Revealing the health worries and needs of women in Australian

Jean Hailes for Women's Health talked to more than 10,000 of women across Australia to find out their greatest health fears and concerns.

The result: a survey offering unique insights into women aged 18 to 80 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 this annual survey.

This includes: women's top five health concerns, how often women exercise and how often they worry. These findings help inform Jean Hailes' annual national Women's Health Week campaign, which runs September 4 to 8.

More than 54,000 women have already signed up to take part in more than 1,500 events in cities and towns across Australia, with a further 12,000 signed up for online events. Jean Hailes is releasing this year's survey results at 10am on Sunday, August 27.

Real women of different ages and different life stages with varying concerns spanning the survey findings will be available at the launch for interviews. Survey Director Dr Helen Brown will provide specific comment and context.

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

  • Almost 40% of women have been professionally diagnosed with depression or anxiety
  • Why do around 60% of women not do the required 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity a week?
  • And what state or territory has the most physically active women?
  • More than 60% of women think that they're overweight.
  • Almost half of women want more information on healthy eating and nutrition, despite the saturated market.
  • How often do women visit the doctor every year?

View the results

Details for the media

Launch date: 10am, Sunday, August 27

Address: Jean Hailes for Women's Health, Level 4, 15-17 Park Street, South Melbourne, Victoria

The survey: "Women's Health Survey 2017," a national survey of more than 10,000 women, is available under embargo until Sunday, August 27 at 10am. The study was approved by Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee.

Media opportunities at the launch: real women prepared to talk about their health concerns, as well as Jean Hailes Executive Director Janet Michelmore AO and Dr Helen Brown, will be available for interviews. We're also very close to Kings Domain on St Kilda Road if you'd like to conduct interviews in an open park setting.

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Women's Health Week, 4-8 September: an annual health campaign, now in its 5th year, dedicated to inspiring women to take an interest in their health. More than 53,000 women are already set to participate in Women's Health Week events in every state and territory across Australia.

Media contact

For a copy of the survey, information on the launch or more about Women's Health Week, please contact Janelle Carrigan on 0409 939 920 or email [email protected].