Policy grand challenge: Gender equity matters in health policy

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Event details


Date & time

Thursday 17 September 2015


University House Common Room
ANU Canberra




Laura Ford
+61 (0)2 6125 7840

At each stage of life, the state of women’s mental and physical health is intimately linked to their social environments. In particular, gender inequities, such as the pay penalty of womanhood, violence against women and the exploitation of women in personal and professional caregiving, impact on women’s everyday lives and their health outcomes. This Menzies Centre for Health Policy Grand Challenge focuses on gender equity matters in health policy.

Two key questions for discussion are: ‘Where gender is visible and invisible in contemporary health policy?’ and ‘What do health policy responses to women’s health problems reveal about how governments see women and their place in society?’ The Grand Challenge seeks to uncover what health policy in Australia can do better or differently to make all of Australian society healthier and more equal. The debate will focus on key policy issues affecting gender, such as the paid parental leave scheme, GP copayments, and the domestic violence Royal Commission.

The Policy Grand Challenge will be moderated by Professor Sharon Friel, Director, RegNet and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy.

Speakers include:

  • Eva Cox, Adjunct Professor, Jumbunna IHL UTS, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Rhonda Cumberland, CEO, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
  • James Smith, Associate Professor, Office of Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership, Charles Darwin University
  • Lyndall Strazdins, Associate Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet