Women’s Health Survey 2016 – media launch

WHW logo 2016Survey launch: Revealing Australian women's health fears and needs

Jean Hailes for Women's Health talked to thousands of women across Australia to find out their greatest health fears and concerns. The result: a survey offering unique insights into women across the nation. It's the only one of its kind in Australia.

Jean Hailes, Australia's leading and most trusted women's health organisation, has powerful data from this annual survey. This includes: women's top five health concerns, what women are keen to know more about and what health professionals think women don't understand. These findings have formed the basis for Jean Hailes' annual national Women's Health Week campaign, which runs September 5 to 9.

Jean Hailes is releasing this year's survey results at 10am on Sunday, August 28. "Case study" women of different ages and different life stages with varying concerns spanning the survey findings will be available at the launch for interviews. The survey's chief investigator, Jean Hailes Deputy CEO and psychologist Dr Mandy Deeks, can provide specific comment and context.

There are many stories to be discovered within the pages of this survey, for instance:

  • Why do almost a quarter of women consider weight management to be their biggest health concern – more than cancer (17%) and chronic pain (8%)?
  • Who do women most compare their bodies to?
  • Why do more than 65% of women not have regular sexual health checks?
  • Where does the survey reveal gaps between what women worry about and what health professionals think women worry most about?
  • How many women went on a crash diet in the past 12 months?
  • How often do women visit the doctor every year?

THE SURVEY: "Women's Health Survey 2016," a national survey of 3,236 women and health professionals, is available here. The study was approved by Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee.

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LAUNCH DATE: 10am, Sunday, August 28

ADDRESS: Jean Hailes for Women's Health, Level 4, 15-17 Park Street, South Melbourne, Victoria

WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK, 5-9 September: When it comes to health, every woman has an elephant in the room. Women can be good talkers, but when it comes to health they often don't take the time to ask questions, seek out credible information and work out a sound plan of action. So it's time to start talking. More than 21,000 women are already set to participate in Women's Health Week events in every state and territory across Australia. This year's theme is "Am I Normal?" (www.womenshealthweek.com.au).

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES AT THE LAUNCH: Real women prepared to talk about their health concerns, as well as Jean Hailes Executive Director Janet Michelmore and Dr Mandy Deeks, will be available for interviews. We'll have dedicated media rooms and we're also very close to Kings Domain on St Kilda Road if you'd like to conduct interviews in an open park setting.

ABOUT JEAN HAILES: Jean Hailes for Women's Health is a not-for-profit organisation committed to improving women's knowledge and understanding of complex health issues. Jean Hailes has a unique model, comprising three fully integrated business units: The Medical Centres, Translation, Education & Communication Unit and the Jean Hailes Research Unit, which is a formal partnership with Monash University.

Information on the launch or more about Women's Health Week, please contact Janelle Carrigan on 0409 939 920 or email janelle.carrigan@jeanhailes.org.au

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