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Women’s Health Symposium

The Women's Health Symposium, held by Jean Hailes for Women's Health at the ANU on 22-23 October 2019, successfully brought together a vast array of voices in the health sector.

Researchers, clinicians, consumers, consumer advocates, policy makers and the wider community contributed practical ideas on how to implement the National Women's Health Strategy 2020-2030, which was launched by the Federal Department of Health in April 2019.

In preparation for the symposium, Jean Hailes for Women's Health established the Women's Health Policy Alliance (WHPA) to help frame the discussions. A series of policy forums were held in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, and focused 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.

Read more about the WHPA and access the policy forum Communiques here.

Resources & Summary Communique

The Symposium covered a broad range of topics and explored the current women's health research landscape in Australia, providing opportunities for researchers, clinicians, consumers and policy professionals to collaborate in setting their future directions, priorities and policies.

Access the Symposium Program and download the discussion points from the priority sessions below.

The Summary Communique is also available to download. Access it to read more about the outcomes of the Symposium and next steps.

Video recordings

Video recordings of the Symposium presentations are available to view. Start watching.

Working groups

We are currently seeking participants for working groups to prioritise and progress identified actions, and explore funding options. These working groups are open to all who are interested in participating. If you wish to register your interest, please do so via

For more information

If you have any questions please contact Kylie Ukovic via or 03 9453 8968.

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Jean Hailes for Women's Health gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian Government and Amgen.

Priority session discussion points