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Women’s Health Policy Alliance

Jean Hailes for Women's Health has established a Women's Health Policy Alliance and welcomes your involvement to help deliver better health outcomes for all women in Australia.

Jean Hailes has taken a leading role in formulating national women's health policy, including the National Action Plan for Endometriosis and the National Women's Health Strategy 2020-2030 (NWHS). Our involvement has been positively received by federal and state governments, as well as other key stakeholders in women's health.

We are seeking to continue this momentum through the Women's Health Policy Alliance (WHPA), to increase collaboration and coordination across the sector to deliver better health outcomes and a unified approach to policy development, advocacy, policy implementation and reform capability in women's health.

Women's Health Symposium

The inaugural annual Jean Hailes Women's Health Symposium was held in Canberra on 22-23 October 2019. In preparation for the Symposium, a series of policy forums was held by Jean Hailes and the WHPA, focusing on the five priorities of the Strategy:

  • Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Chronic Conditions and Preventive Health
  • Mental Health, and
  • The Health Impacts of Violence on Women and Girls.

These forums, held in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, helped to focus and inform the discussions that occurred at the Symposium. The Communiques from each policy forum are available for download below.

Read more about the Symposium.

Beyond the Symposium

Beyond the Symposium, the Alliance will be a means to progress the implementation of the NWHS. Alliance participants will be encouraged to submit policy topics of interest and resulting sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss women's health policy issues, priorities and to gather a range of views.

The Alliance will also provide an opportunity for the sector to collaboratively develop a systemic view of women's health and a coordinated approach to policy development, advocacy, implementation, and reform capability.

Working groups

We are currently seeking participants for working groups to prioritise and progress identified actions from the Symposium, and explore funding options. These working groups are open to all who are interested in participating. If you wish to register your interest and/or keep up to date with the WHPA, please contact us via

WHPA Communiques