Health and wellbeing

The big issues

Queensland women are increasingly healthy and well and are living longer than men. The rates of breast and cervical cancer are decreasing, with fewer deaths from these diseases. Strategies to improve women’s health must be tailored to the stages of women’s lives and address their specific needs. Strategies must also recognise the impact of violence and trauma on women’s health.

The big health and wellbeing issues for Queensland women are:

  • support for women in pregnancy, childbirth and infant feeding
  • rates of smoking during pregnancy
  • women’s mental health and wellbeing
  • rates of women’s heart disease and cancer
  • challenges faced by rural, regional and remote women accessing appropriate health services
  • women’s participation in sport and physical activity, especially among women experiencing disadvantage.

Unfortunately, the advancements in health and wellbeing that many Queensland women enjoy are not experienced equally by all. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are generally in poorer health, and women living in disadvantaged areas are less likely to have the time and resources to do enough physical activity to obtain significant health benefits.

Culturally and linguistically diverse women, including refugees, may have significant health requirements that require specialised care. Women experiencing disadvantage, including women with disability and women living in rural, regional and remote areas, may experience difficulty accessing health services, including sexual and reproductive health services, with a subsequent negative impact on their health outcomes.

Snapshot of what government is doing

  • Delivering women’s health services through hospital and health services and a network of statewide non-government service providers.
  • Implementing the Together in Mind Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Day Program to support women with perinatal mental health difficulties in the first year after birth.
  • Implementing the Start Playing Stay Playing strategy to increase women’s participation in sport and physical activity.
  • Implementing targeted initiatives to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse women’s health and wellbeing.
  • Providing preventative health strategies that specifically address women’s health issues, including cancer screening and support for new mothers.
  • Implementing child and family reforms to better support families with parenting their children, including universal access to Triple P Positive Parenting Program.
  • Delivering the Female Facilities Program to assist sport and recreation organisations and local governments to develop functional and inclusive female change rooms and amenities.

Actions and initiatives

The Queensland Women's Strategy proposed a range of actions that would progress gender equality in Queensland.

Commitments made by the Queensland Government, community and private sector partners to deliver on these proposals are listed below each proposed action.

  • Develop Queensland Health guidelines on Sexual Health and Safety in mental health and alcohol and other drugs services
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Deliver the Young Empowered Parents program to assist young parents in recognising their skills and potential, develop parenting skills and other life skills.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Deliver the Birthing in Our Community (BiOC) Mums and Bubs Hub offering antenatal and family support services to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their babies.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland HealthInstitute for Urban Indigenous Health
  • Open Queensland’s first public mother-and-baby mental health unit, The Lavender Parent and Infant Unit, to enable mothers diagnosed with acute postnatal disorders to receive treatment without the added anxiety of being separated from their babies.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland HealthGold Coast University Hospital
  • Promote innovative healthcare through evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice and new models of care by offering Nursing and Midwifery Research Fellowships
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide antenatal support, visits from a midwife and a child health nurse, craft activities, and links with a mentor for first time young mothers through the Young Parents Connect program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameRedlands Centre for Women
  • Reduce isolation and enhance social and emotional wellbeing of women up to the age of 25 in the Rockhampton region who are mothers or are pregnant through the Young Mums Support program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls Time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provide a culturally appropriate safe sleeping program that assists young mothers prepare for postnatal care and provides information about infant health through the delivery of the Pēpi-Pod Program. In addition to providing education, the program provides a Pēpi-Pod to the family as a safe sleeping space for the baby.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenUniversity of the Sunshine CoastQueensland HealthQueensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
  • Open Queensland’s first 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre through the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals is opening Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7, Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) to care for women with pregnancy complications from the very beginning of pregnancy through until six weeks after the baby has been born.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameMater Mothers Hospital
  • Provide 'Just in case' sexual assault examinations to victims of sexual assault a forensic medical examination without having to talk to police at that traumatic time.  Results can be then stored for 12 months to allow the victim time to consider if they wish to go ahead with a formal complaint and investigation when they emotionally ready.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Fund the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health's Deadly Choices program which includes targeted advertising to reduce rates of smoking during pregnancy amongst Indigenous women.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Continue to deliver Deadly Choices Sistas program to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, building capacities in understanding and managing social emotional wellbeing; self-esteem, mental health, relationships, cultural identity, healthy choices and AOD issues.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameInstitute for Urban Indigenous Health
  • Deliver Free Being Me to empower girls to reach their full potential in life through initiatives that strengthen body confidence and self-esteem.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGirl Guides Queensland
  • Provides an ‘awakening’ course for girls in Year 7-12 to help them shape their choices and decisions at school, home, in the community and into the future through the GirlsGoals Program.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameRedlands Centre for Women
  • Deliver the Young Empowered Parents program to assist young parents in recognising their skills and potential, develop parenting skills and other life skills.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provides monthly Indigenous Women’s Education Sessions to improve women’s access to health information.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWide Bay Women's Health Centre
  • Produce the bella rae magazine a positive alternative for women and girls promoting healthy lifestyles and body image.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameCity Women Toowoomba
  • Deliver the Healthier. Happier. program to encourage change and make Queensland the healthiest state. Through a website, social media channels and mass media campaign activity, it provides motivation and resources to encourage Queenslanders, including women, to eat better and move more.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Deliver Women's Health Week, an annual national event, held during the first week of September, dedicated to women across Australia making good health a priority. It is a time for women to put themselves first, for just one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Produce the Women’s Health Survey, an annual look at the state of women’s health across Australia. The survey opens in May/June each year and closes in July with results announced in October.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Support women experiencing complications from surgical pelvic mesh devices.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Promote the rights, dignity and well-being of older women. There are eight local branches across Queensland organising regular meetings, events and activities to facilitate the active participation of older women in the management of their own health and wellbeing and remaining socially connected to their communities and with other women at a similar stage of life.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Older Women's Network
  • Educate and support workplaces in supporting and guiding their female employees to return to work/employment after diagnosis of endometriosis through the EndoAware Worplace program.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQENDO
  • Progress initiatives from the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2015 to 2020 such as support programs in partnership with Quitline for pre-natal women to help them quit smoking
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland HealthQuitline
  • Continue to fund women’s health services around the state
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Provide information about health issues affecting women across the lifespan including topics such as depression, contraception, endometriosis, menopause, sexual health, and pregnancy
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWomen's Health Queensland Wide Inc.
  • Provides monthly Indigenous Women’s Education Sessions to improve women’s access to health information.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWide Bay Women's Health Centre
  • Provide antenatal support, visits from a midwife and a child health nurse, craft activities, and links with a mentor for first time young mothers through the Young Parents Connect program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameRedlands Centre for Women
  • Reduce isolation and enhance social and emotional wellbeing of women up to the age of 25 in the Rockhampton region who are mothers or are pregnant through the Young Mums Support program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls Time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provide a culturally appropriate safe sleeping program that assists young mothers prepare for postnatal care and provides information about infant health through the delivery of the Pēpi-Pod Program. In addition to providing education, the program provides a Pēpi-Pod to the family as a safe sleeping space for the baby.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenUniversity of the Sunshine CoastQueensland HealthQueensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
  • Open Queensland’s first 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre through the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals is opening Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7, Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) to care for women with pregnancy complications from the very beginning of pregnancy through until six weeks after the baby has been born.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameMater Mothers Hospital
  • Support mothers after child birth with wellness-based More than a mum workshops full of engaging and practical activities to support and inspire mothers to live well.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation name: Logan City Council and Nikki Cox Wellness Education
  • Delivering free monthly Wellbeing Challenges through the Lifestyle support program inspiring and supporting mums challenges that contain easy to do activities and free e-book. This initiative is helping to create positive habits for the wellbeing of mothers, whilst creating a space for women to be inspired and supported in their achievements or hurdles.  
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Nikki Cox Wellness Education and Motherhood Lifestyle Specialist
  • Deliver the Mobile Women's Health Service with specially trained registered nurses visits in over 200 rural and remote communities in Queensland to provide clinics and other services on a regular basis.  A range of clinical health services, support and health education programs are provided to women.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide free access to free breast screening and assessment through BreastScreen Queensland for eligible women every 2 years. Women aged 50 - 74 years are particularly encouraged to visit a service every 2 years. The program is available to women at over 260 locations throughout the state.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Deliver the Healthier. Happier. program to encourage change and make Queensland the healthiest state. Through a website, social media channels and mass media campaign activity, it provides motivation and resources to encourage Queenslanders, including women, to eat better and move more.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Support women experiencing complications from surgical pelvic mesh devices.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide 'Just in case' sexual assault examinations to victims of sexual assault a forensic medical examination without having to talk to police at that traumatic time.  Results can be then stored for 12 months to allow the victim time to consider if they wish to go ahead with a formal complaint and investigation when they emotionally ready.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Promote the rights, dignity and well-being of older women. There are eight local branches across Queensland organising regular meetings, events and activities to facilitate the active participation of older women in the management of their own health and wellbeing and remaining socially connected to their communities and with other women at a similar stage of life.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Older Women's Network
  • Deliver the Y Ability program to provide programs specifically designed for women with disability, specialising in skills development to help them achieve greater choice and control in their lives.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameYWCA Australia
  • Deliver Women's Health Week, an annual national event, held during the first week of September, dedicated to women across Australia making good health a priority. It is a time for women to put themselves first, for just one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Produce the Women’s Health Survey, an annual look at the state of women’s health across Australia. The survey opens in May/June each year and closes in July with results announced in October.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Implement rural Midwifery Model of Care to provide rural and regional women with more choice in ante-natal and post-natal care options
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Promote optimal maternal, infant and child nutrition website and resources website and resources
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide a free online course, ‘Brief Intervention for a Healthy Lifestyle: Maternal and child health’
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide the Pregnancy Handheld Record including an alcohol screening tool and information for advice and referral
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide Midwife Check-in, a statewide, free and confidential telephone-based program, offering ongoing support (delivered by a midwife) to women during pregnancy and after birth, targeting pregnant women and new mums aged 18-40
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWomen's Health Queensland Wide Inc.
  • Provide the Young Parents Program, a free childbirth education service for young pregnant and parenting mothers and their partners (up to aged 23 years) who live in the Greater North Brisbane region, to improve pregnancy and birthing outcomes during the antenatal period, and general health and social outcomes for mothers and babies for the first year of the postnatal period
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWomen's Health Queensland Wide Inc.
  • Deliver the Young Empowered Parents program to assist young parents in recognising their skills and potential, develop parenting skills and other life skills.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Deliver the Birthing in Our Community (BiOC) Mums and Bubs Hub offering antenatal and family support services to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their babies.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland HealthInstitute for Urban Indigenous Health
  • Open Queensland’s first public mother-and-baby mental health unit, The Lavender Parent and Infant Unit, to enable mothers diagnosed with acute postnatal disorders to receive treatment without the added anxiety of being separated from their babies.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland HealthGold Coast University Hospital
  • Promote innovative healthcare through evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice and new models of care by offering Nursing and Midwifery Research Fellowships
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide antenatal support, visits from a midwife and a child health nurse, craft activities, and links with a mentor for first time young mothers through the Young Parents Connect program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameRedlands Centre for Women
  • Reduce isolation and enhance social and emotional wellbeing of women up to the age of 25 in the Rockhampton region who are mothers or are pregnant through the Young Mums Support program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls Time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provide a culturally appropriate safe sleeping program that assists young mothers prepare for postnatal care and provides information about infant health through the delivery of the Pēpi-Pod Program. In addition to providing education, the program provides a Pēpi-Pod to the family as a safe sleeping space for the baby.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenUniversity of the Sunshine CoastQueensland HealthQueensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
  • Open Queensland’s first 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre through the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals is opening Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7, Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) to care for women with pregnancy complications from the very beginning of pregnancy through until six weeks after the baby has been born.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameMater Mothers Hospital
  • Deliver the Mobile Women's Health Service with specially trained registered nurses visits in over 200 rural and remote communities in Queensland to provide clinics and other services on a regular basis.  A range of clinical health services, support and health education programs are provided to women.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide a key resource via the Health Contact Centre, 13 HEALTH for women to understand the legislation, options available and details of service providers in relation to termination of pregnancy.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Implement rural Midwifery Model of Care to provide rural and regional women with more choice in ante-natal and post-natal care options
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Deliver the Rural and Regional Trips initiative, including the recruitment of pregnant and parenting women aged 18-40 years in rural and regional areas of Queensland to the Midwife Check-in service and the delivery of health education sessions, including distribution of short health information video clips, aiming to have healthy, connected and resilient rural and regional women
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWomen's Health Queensland Wide Inc.
  • Provide a key resource via the Health Contact Centre, 13 HEALTH for women to understand the legislation, options available and details of service providers in relation to termination of pregnancy.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health

Promote women’s leadership and participation in sport and physical activity

  • Manage the media campaign Join the Movement through television, social media and other mechanisms
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Deliver round two of the Start Playing, Stay Playing Excellence Awards to acknowledge women’s and girls’ achievements in the sport and recreation industry
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Deliver the Start Playing, Stay Playing Minister’s Excellence Award
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Deliver round two of the Get Out Get Active funding program, providing funding to local governments to support female participation in sport and active recreation
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Continue to prioritise women and girls initiatives under existing grant programs, including Get Going Clubs and for Get Playing Places and Spaces
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Provide funding to support Women and Girls Special Initiatives being delivered by state level organisations, including AFL QueenslandQueensland Rugby League and BMX Queensland.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Continue to deliver Encore, a free 8-week program designed specifically for women who have experienced breast cancer, incorporating gentle exercises, relaxation techniques and medical information
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameYWCA Queensland
  • Support the QLD vs NSW Fire and Emergency Services Women's Rugby League annually to commemorate and remember the terrorist attack in New York on 11 September 2001.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Provide a Women's Development Campfor female players who are not currently taking part in professional or representative programs the chance to upskill and learn ways to improve their overall play.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Queensland Rugby Football League Limited
  • Partner with the media, sporting organisations and community action groups to advocate gender equity in sport, including media coverage and conditions
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Support the QLD vs NSW Fire and Emergency Services Women's Rugby League annually to commemorate and remember the terrorist attack in New York on 11 September 2001.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Provide a Women's Development Camp for female players who are not currently taking part in professional or representative programs the chance to upskill and learn ways to improve their overall play.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Queensland Rugby Football League Limited
  • Fund the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health's Deadly Choices program which includes targeted advertising to reduce rates of smoking during pregnancy amongst Indigenous women.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Continue to deliver Deadly Choices Sistas program to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, building capacities in understanding and managing social emotional wellbeing; self-esteem, mental health, relationships, cultural identity, healthy choices and AOD issues.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameInstitute for Urban Indigenous Health
  • Deliver Free Being Me to empower girls to reach their full potential in life through initiatives that strengthen body confidence and self-esteem.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGirl Guides Queensland
  • Provides an ‘awakening’ course for girls in Year 7-12 to help them shape their choices and decisions at school, home, in the community and into the future through the GirlsGoals Program.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameRedlands Centre for Women
  • Deliver the Young Empowered Parents program to assist young parents in recognising their skills and potential, develop parenting skills and other life skills.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provides monthly Indigenous Women’s Education Sessions to improve women’s access to health information.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWide Bay Women's Health Centre
  • Produce the bella rae magazine a positive alternative for women and girls promoting healthy lifestyles and body image.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameCity Women Toowoomba
  • Deliver the Healthier. Happier. program to encourage change and make Queensland the healthiest state. Through a website, social media channels and mass media campaign activity, it provides motivation and resources to encourage Queenslanders, including women, to eat better and move more.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Deliver Women's Health Week, an annual national event, held during the first week of September, dedicated to women across Australia making good health a priority. It is a time for women to put themselves first, for just one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Produce the Women’s Health Survey, an annual look at the state of women’s health across Australia. The survey opens in May/June each year and closes in July with results announced in October.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Partner with the media and community action groups to address advertising that denigrates women including negative body image.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Support women experiencing complications from surgical pelvic mesh devices.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Promote the rights, dignity and well-being of older women. There are eight local branches across Queensland organising regular meetings, events and activities to facilitate the active participation of older women in the management of their own health and wellbeing and remaining socially connected to their communities and with other women at a similar stage of life.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Older Women's Network
  • Educate and support workplaces in supporting and guiding their female employees to return to work/employment after diagnosis of endometriosis through the EndoAware Worplace program.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQENDO
  • Fund the North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexually Transmissible Infections Action Plan 2016-2021, to strengthen health systems and reduce sexually transmissible infection rates that present particular health risks for women
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Trial an alternative bowel cancer-screening pathway to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s participation
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide support to women who are homeless or experiencing poverty by supporting their health and personal needs such as: providing free sanitary products and condoms; access to showers and toilet facilities; information about activities and support organisations concerned with the health and wellbeing of women; and information on issues regarding their health and wellbeing
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameNational Council of Women QueenslandShare the Dignity
  • Deliver the Young Empowered Parents program to assist young parents in recognising their skills and potential, develop parenting skills and other life skills.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provides monthly Indigenous Women’s Education Sessions to improve women’s access to health information.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWide Bay Women's Health Centre
  • Provide antenatal support, visits from a midwife and a child health nurse, craft activities, and links with a mentor for first time young mothers through the Young Parents Connect program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameRedlands Centre for Women
  • Reduce isolation and enhance social and emotional wellbeing of women up to the age of 25 in the Rockhampton region who are mothers or are pregnant through the Young Mums Support program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls Time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provide a culturally appropriate safe sleeping program that assists young mothers prepare for postnatal care and provides information about infant health through the delivery of the Pēpi-Pod Program. In addition to providing education, the program provides a Pēpi-Pod to the family as a safe sleeping space for the baby.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenUniversity of the Sunshine CoastQueensland HealthQueensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
  • Open Queensland’s first 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre through the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals is opening Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7, Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) to care for women with pregnancy complications from the very beginning of pregnancy through until six weeks after the baby has been born.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameMater Mothers Hospital
  • Deliver the Mobile Women's Health Service with specially trained registered nurses visits in over 200 rural and remote communities in Queensland to provide clinics and other services on a regular basis.  A range of clinical health services, support and health education programs are provided to women.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide free access to free breast screening and assessment through BreastScreen Queensland for eligible women every 2 years. Women aged 50 - 74 years are particularly encouraged to visit a service every 2 years. The program is available to women at over 260 locations throughout the state.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Promote the rights, dignity and well-being of older women. There are eight local branches across Queensland organising regular meetings, events and activities to facilitate the active participation of older women in the management of their own health and wellbeing and remaining socially connected to their communities and with other women at a similar stage of life.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Older Women's Network
  • Progress initiatives from the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2015 to 2020 such as support programs in partnership with Quitline for pre-natal women to help them quit smoking
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland HealthQuitline
  • Continue to fund women’s health services around the state
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Provide information about health issues affecting women across the lifespan including topics such as depression, contraception, endometriosis, menopause, sexual health, and pregnancy
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWomen's Health Queensland Wide Inc.
  • Provides monthly Indigenous Women’s Education Sessions to improve women’s access to health information.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWide Bay Women's Health Centre
  • Provide antenatal support, visits from a midwife and a child health nurse, craft activities, and links with a mentor for first time young mothers through the Young Parents Connect program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameRedlands Centre for Women
  • Reduce isolation and enhance social and emotional wellbeing of women up to the age of 25 in the Rockhampton region who are mothers or are pregnant through the Young Mums Support program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls Time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provide a culturally appropriate safe sleeping program that assists young mothers prepare for postnatal care and provides information about infant health through the delivery of the Pēpi-Pod Program. In addition to providing education, the program provides a Pēpi-Pod to the family as a safe sleeping space for the baby.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenUniversity of the Sunshine CoastQueensland HealthQueensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
  • Open Queensland’s first 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre through the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals is opening Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7, Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) to care for women with pregnancy complications from the very beginning of pregnancy through until six weeks after the baby has been born.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameMater Mothers Hospital
  • Support mothers after child birth with wellness-based More than a mum workshops full of engaging and practical activities to support and inspire mothers to live well.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation name: Logan City Council and Nikki Cox Wellness Education
  • Delivering free monthly Wellbeing Challenges through the Lifestyle support program inspiring and supporting mums challenges that contain easy to do activities and free e-book. This initiative is helping to create positive habits for the wellbeing of mothers, whilst creating a space for women to be inspired and supported in their achievements or hurdles.  
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Nikki Cox Wellness Education and Motherhood Lifestyle Specialist
  • Deliver the Mobile Women's Health Service with specially trained registered nurses visits in over 200 rural and remote communities in Queensland to provide clinics and other services on a regular basis.  A range of clinical health services, support and health education programs are provided to women.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide free access to free breast screening and assessment through BreastScreen Queensland for eligible women every 2 years. Women aged 50 - 74 years are particularly encouraged to visit a service every 2 years. The program is available to women at over 260 locations throughout the state.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Deliver the Healthier. Happier. program to encourage change and make Queensland the healthiest state. Through a website, social media channels and mass media campaign activity, it provides motivation and resources to encourage Queenslanders, including women, to eat better and move more.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Support women experiencing complications from surgical pelvic mesh devices.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide 'Just in case' sexual assault examinations to victims of sexual assault a forensic medical examination without having to talk to police at that traumatic time.  Results can be then stored for 12 months to allow the victim time to consider if they wish to go ahead with a formal complaint and investigation when they emotionally ready.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Promote the rights, dignity and well-being of older women. There are eight local branches across Queensland organising regular meetings, events and activities to facilitate the active participation of older women in the management of their own health and wellbeing and remaining socially connected to their communities and with other women at a similar stage of life.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Older Women's Network
  • Deliver the Y Ability program to provide programs specifically designed for women with disability, specialising in skills development to help them achieve greater choice and control in their lives.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameYWCA Australia
  • Deliver Women's Health Week, an annual national event, held during the first week of September, dedicated to women across Australia making good health a priority. It is a time for women to put themselves first, for just one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Produce the Women’s Health Survey, an annual look at the state of women’s health across Australia. The survey opens in May/June each year and closes in July with results announced in October.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameJean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Fund the North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexually Transmissible Infections Action Plan 2016-2021, to strengthen health systems and reduce sexually transmissible infection rates that present particular health risks for women
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Trial an alternative bowel cancer-screening pathway to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s participation
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide support to women who are homeless or experiencing poverty by supporting their health and personal needs such as: providing free sanitary products and condoms; access to showers and toilet facilities; information about activities and support organisations concerned with the health and wellbeing of women; and information on issues regarding their health and wellbeing
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameNational Council of Women QueenslandShare the Dignity
  • Deliver the Young Empowered Parents program to assist young parents in recognising their skills and potential, develop parenting skills and other life skills.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provides monthly Indigenous Women’s Education Sessions to improve women’s access to health information.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWide Bay Women's Health Centre
  • Provide antenatal support, visits from a midwife and a child health nurse, craft activities, and links with a mentor for first time young mothers through the Young Parents Connect program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameRedlands Centre for Women
  • Reduce isolation and enhance social and emotional wellbeing of women up to the age of 25 in the Rockhampton region who are mothers or are pregnant through the Young Mums Support program
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Girls Time Out Young Women's Support Service
  • Provide a culturally appropriate safe sleeping program that assists young mothers prepare for postnatal care and provides information about infant health through the delivery of the Pēpi-Pod Program. In addition to providing education, the program provides a Pēpi-Pod to the family as a safe sleeping space for the baby.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and WomenUniversity of the Sunshine CoastQueensland HealthQueensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
  • Open Queensland’s first 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre through the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals is opening Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7, Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) to care for women with pregnancy complications from the very beginning of pregnancy through until six weeks after the baby has been born.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameMater Mothers Hospital
  • Deliver the Mobile Women's Health Service with specially trained registered nurses visits in over 200 rural and remote communities in Queensland to provide clinics and other services on a regular basis.  A range of clinical health services, support and health education programs are provided to women.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Provide free access to free breast screening and assessment through BreastScreen Queensland for eligible women every 2 years. Women aged 50 - 74 years are particularly encouraged to visit a service every 2 years. The program is available to women at over 260 locations throughout the state.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland Health
  • Promote the rights, dignity and well-being of older women. There are eight local branches across Queensland organising regular meetings, events and activities to facilitate the active participation of older women in the management of their own health and wellbeing and remaining socially connected to their communities and with other women at a similar stage of life.
    Priority Area: Health and wellbeing, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: Older Women's Network