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Women's Health Survey 2019

Identifying gaps in health information, encouraging women to make practical, positive changes to their lives and helping health professionals better understand their patients.

Our fifth annual Women's Health Survey reveals the health needs and behaviours of women across the country. This year, there were valid responses from 9999 women aged 18 years or older and living in Australia.

Here are some highlights of the survey results.

(Read the survey media release)

National Women’s Health Survey 2019, a healthier future for all women in Australia.

Full report

General health

Women who completed the survey aged 36-65 had the highest perception of being overweight and obese.

  • 53.5% of women aged 36-50 had the perception of being overweight and obese.
  • 56.9% of women aged 51-65 had the perception of being overweight and obese.

Mental health

More than one in three respondents reported having had depression (34.6%) and anxiety (39.4%).

42% of women who completed the survey reported feeling nervous, anxious, or on edge at least weekly in the past four weeks; more than half for women aged 18-35 (64.1%).

39.6% of women aged 18-35 have feelings of loneliness weekly – the highest level of loneliness of all the survey's age groups.

Health needs

Almost one in six (16.1%) women in the survey could not afford to see a health professional when they needed one; women aged 18-35 (20%) found it hardest to afford health professionals.

Discrimination accessing healthcare

Almost one in six (16%) women surveyed felt they have experienced discrimination in accessing healthcare, although this appears to reduce with age.

Reproductive health

One in five (20.8%) respondents aged 18-35 would consider freezing their eggs to have children later in life, but only 1.1% have already frozen their eggs; 2.5% of women aged 36-50 have frozen their eggs.

For more information

For media interviews or more information, please contact Janelle Carrigan on 0409 939 920 or email [email protected].

Report downloads
National Women's Health Survey - past years