I don’t mind there being a women’s hospital. The day I can drop a sprog I might request a re-naming, but for now it’s fine.
On the other hand Katy Gallagher does seem to be excluding the hairier gender somewhat with today’s media release on her “ new strategic framework to facilitate women’s access to health care services and information.”
“ACT Health recognises that women and girls have specific needs and challenges throughout their lives and women are required to balance a number of commitments simultaneously, very often to the detriment of their health status,” Ms Gallagher said.
“By incorporating a gender perspective in health and health care, the aim is to ensure that women are not disadvantaged by virtue of their gender and that women are encouraged to actively participate in health decision making.”
A number of preliminary strategies are listed in the framework to guide the work necessary for achieving the objectives. A women’s health advisory network for the ACT will be established to oversee the implementation of the framework.
“Consumer representatives will be encouraged to partner with ACT Health to raise awareness of issues that are at times not clearly visible or understood in the public domain,” Ms Gallagher said.
“Planning for the delivery of health services to women of the ACT will ensure that the specific health issues experienced by women and girls are considered and addressed at these times of considerable changes occurring in the health sector,” she said.
In 2009, it was estimated that the ACT female population was 177,892, with women making up just over 50% of the total ACT population.
I particularly liked the reminder that there are indeed many women in our community.
Given than men already die much younger than women in Australia (Five years younger according to wikipedia) it does beg a question:
Why is the ACT Government entrenching male health disadvantage?