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  • Issue 15 - Women and Suicide
    • Abstract: Rugkhla, Pam
      Suicide is a serious area of concern for both men and women in Australia, yet it is often perceived as a men's issue. Although more women attempt suicide, more men die by suicide. Due to the fact that suicide attempts do not result in death, and are under-reported, women are often overlooked in discussions of suicide prevention. This can mean that women are not considered in the design and implementation of suicide prevention strategies. The factors, patterns, and behaviours associated with suicide are influenced by gender. Therefore, responses need to consider gender in order to be most effective. This paper unpacks the complex interplay between gender and other social determinants of suicide among women, and makes recommendations for a gender sensitive approach to Australian suicide prevention policy and program development.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:12:49 GMT
       
  • Issue 5 - Women and Financial Security
    • Abstract: Quinn, KarolyneWomen's Health Victoria.
      Financial security is relative to individual needs and aspirations and its measures and attainment can differ among population groups. In Australia, a number of social indicators are used to measure financial security, including home ownership, education and household income. The social context of women's lives mean that they tend to have less financial security than men due to reduced work force participation, access to education, and the need to interrupt paid work because of pregnancy, childbirth and to care for children or other family members. Many women able to participate in the work force do so on a part-time or casual basis, often to prioritise the needs of family. This type of employment can have a negative impact on their overall financial security, with reduced job stability, less accumulated superannuation and fewer savings for retirement. Recent Government initiatives are a step toward increasing women's ability to have financial security, but will require systemic and cultural change at many levels of financial engagement to ensure equity for women.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 13:52:30 GMT
       
  • Issue 3 - Women and Corrections
    • Abstract: Quinn, KarolyneWomen's Health Victoria.
      Women account for a small percentage of the fulltime prisoner population in Australia, but numbers continue to rise. While Victoria has one of the lowest female imprisonment rates, it too has seen an increase in women imprisoned fulltime. This rise in women prisoners and the identification of differences between women's and men's corrections experiences has highlighted the need for gender specific management and rehabilitation approaches. Policies, programs and interventions that consider differences between women and men help to produce equitable services and effective outcomes, and work towards improving women's overall health and wellbeing.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 13:37:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 2 - Women and Mental Health
    • Abstract: Rice, Kerrilie; Tsianakas, Vicki; Quinn, KarolyneWomen's Health Victoria.
      The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as: " a state of well being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Mental health does not exist in isolation; mental, physical and social functioning are interdependent." Mental health and mental illness are determined by multiple and interacting social, psychological and biological factors, just as health and illness in general are. The clearest evidence for this relates to the risk of mental illness, which is associated with indicators of poverty, low levels of education, poor housing and social exclusion. The greater vulnerability of disadvantaged people in each community to mental illness may be explained by such factors as the experience of insecurity and hopelessness, rapid social change and the risks of violence and physical ill health. Mental health disorders affect approximately 450 million people worldwide, but resources directed at addressing mental health problems are generally inadequate. The Victorian Burden of Disease studies revealed that mental illness is responsible for approximately one-seventh of the total disease burden. In 1993, the Victorian Government identified mental health as a National Health Priority Area.

      PubDate: Sat, 6 Oct 2012 12:52:56 GMT
       
  • Issue 9 - Women and Climate Change
    • Abstract: Quinn, KarolyneWomen's Health Victoria.
      Climate change is experienced by all people, but the impact of the causes, effects and solutions is gendered. How women and men respond, are consulted and supported, and contribute, differs. Furthermore, the way policy is planned, developed and implemented, impacts on this. The aim of this paper is to highlight the issues attached to the gendered nature of climate change, and to discuss the policy context of Australia and Victoria. In doing so, this paper outlines the effects and impact of climate change. It draws attention to the plight and role of women in this and looks at the impact on rural women in Australia, women from lower socioeconomic and disadvantaged backgrounds, and Indigenous women. It also raises the issue of violence during and after disaster and emergency situations. The paper concludes with a discussion about the current global and national policy context, with recommendations for a gender framework in the development and implementation of climate change and drought policy in Australia.

      PubDate: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:26:06 GMT
       
  • Issue 14 - Women and Tobacco
    • Abstract: Rugkhla, Pam
      A gender-sensitive approach to policy and program development concerning tobacco use among Australian women is presented. The paper examines the effect of tobacco on women, the gendered approach used in advertising and marketing campaigns, and the factors related to smoking and cessation experienced by women. In addition, it discusses tobacco related policy, health promotion and intervention initiatives and their effect on female smoking and offers strategies to address the issue.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 13 - Women and Diabetes
    • Abstract: Yeats, Bec; Tipper, RebeccaWomen's Health Victoria.
      Diabetes Mellitus (Diabetes) is a chronic, degenerative disease which causes considerable mortality and morbidity in the Australian population. Diabetes is a medical condition which is characterised by high blood sugar levels as a result of defective secretion and/or action of the hormone, insulin. When unmanaged, diabetes causes damage to many organs and tissues of the body leading to serious complications. In Australia, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes more than doubled between 1989-90 and 2004-05.The most recent self reporting in 2007-08 estimates that 4 percent of the population has diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the focus of this report because of its prevalence, growing incidence its strong association with lifestyle factors. Current evidence is used to outline the contributing factors, co-morbidities and management of type 2 diabetes specific to women. Type 2 diabetes is a gendered issue because women's lives are different to men's. Reasons to consider diabetes and women separately from men include the dominance of young women developing type 2 diabetes, the impact of gestational diabetes on both the mother and the child, and the increasing prevalence of older women with diabetes due to their greater life expectancy. Type 2 diabetes is a gendered issue, the social determinants of health overlap and shape women's health and wellbeing. Reducing women's exposure to the contributing factors associated with the development of type 2 diabetes will take time, as change needs to occur at a societal level to address current gender roles and the way in which they affect women's ability to be physically active, make healthy food choices and manage co-morbidities.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 12 - Women and Physical Activity
    • Abstract: Yeats, BecWomen's Health Victoria.
      Physical activity is defined by the World Health Organisation as 'any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure'. Perhaps more relevant to the health sector is the fact that physical inactivity is 'an independent risk factor for chronic diseases, and overall is estimated to cause 1.9 million deaths globally each year'. Physical activity is a gendered issue because the context of women's lives can impact on their ability to participate in regular physical activity. Women face numerous barriers to being physically active including caring responsibilities, body image and perceptions of safety. Change needs to occur at the societal level to address current gender roles and how they can limit women's ability to be physically active and maintain health.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 11 - Women and Alcohol
    • Abstract: Quinn, Karolyne; Rugkhla, PamWomen's Health Victoria.
      Alcohol plays a complex role in Australian society, contributing significantly to Australia's burden of death, disease and injury. Most Australians are consumers of alcohol. While many Australians drink at levels associated with few adverse effects, a large proportion of people drink at 'levels that increase their risk of alcohol-related harm'. Regular excessive consumption of alcohol over time places people at increased risk of cancers, hypertension, chronic pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, injuries, violence and brain atrophy. Moreover, alcohol-related harm is not limited to disease or injury of individual drinkers, but 'has relevance for families, bystanders and the broader community'. Research reveals gender differences in alcohol consumption and in associated health concerns. This paper provides an overview of some of those differences, including how alcohol and age of women interact. It also discusses the impact of alcohol on pregnancy, the relationship between alcohol and diverse population groups, and issues related to alcohol. It also provides highlights of research that incorporate gender analysis. The second half of the paper is a section on the alcohol-related policy context in Australia and Victoria.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 10 - Women and Ageing
    • Abstract: Durey, RoseWomen's Health Victoria.
      The experience of ageing and old age is different for women and men. Women's physical and mental health, housing and care arrangements, social connectedness and financial security change as they age. The way in which older women are viewed by wider society, and how this is different for men, also impacts upon women's experience of the ageing process. For most women, maintaining their independence through good health, economic security and housing choice is paramount. Women, more than men, report being concerned about their dependence on others and inability to care for themselves in old age. Old age can be a time of change and loss, and women confront these challenges with resilience, however ageing is not a homogenous process for all women. Diverse groups such as Indigenous women, women with disabilities, women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, women living in rural and remote areas, and same sex attracted women, experience ageing differently and not all women within these groups experience it in the same way. This Gender Impact Assessment considers the health and wellbeing of older women in Victoria, and the factors that affect it. Older women are defined as being over 65 years of age, using the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) definition, unless otherwise specified. An overview of the various determinants of the health and wellbeing of older women is provided in this paper. The policy context for issues relating to women and ageing in Victoria and Australia is also evaluated.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 8 - Women and Body Image
    • Abstract: Main, AndreaWomen's Health Victoria.
      The way in which women view their bodies, or construct their body image, has an impact on their health and wellbeing throughout their lifecycle. Positive body image promotes physical and mental health, strengthens self-esteem and decreases vulnerability. On the other hand, negative body image, or body image dissatisfaction, has been linked to a range of negative physical and psychological health concerns and risk-taking behaviours, including the development of eating disorders, low self-esteem, depression, self-harm and suicide. The many negative health impacts of body image dissatisfaction have meant that the issue is 'increasing being recognised as an important target for public health action'. While both women and men suffer from body image dissatisfaction and can experience similar impacts on their health and wellbeing, women are more likely to have a poor body image, particularly young women between the ages of 15 and 22 years. Body image dissatisfaction affects many people of all different ages in our community. However, there are numerous differences between the experiences of women in comparison to men and of adult women in comparison to young women and children. WHV urges the Victorian Government and non-government organisations to consider these differences when developing policy and implementing programs relating to body image.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 7 - Women and Informal Caregiving
    • Abstract: Rice, Kerrilie; Walker, Clare; Main, AndreaWomen's Health Victoria.
      In our community, women are the predominant providers of informal care for family members and friends, including children with special needs, frail older people and people with disabilities, mental illness, chronic condition or terminal illness. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, caring is defined as giving 'assistance and support in response to a need arising in the family or community' and primary caring as providing the majority of care for an ongoing period. In 2003, the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Survey on Disability, Ageing and Carers found that women accounted for 71 percent of primary carers of older people and people with disabilities. Informal care does not involve payment or government regulation, as distinct from formal care which is paid and/or regulated. Informal care is predominantly provided by family, friends or community networks, and mostly by women aged between 35 and 64 years. Care in this context includes, but is not limited to, providing emotional and/or social support, personal care, 'minding', housework and meals, shopping and errands, transport, accommodation, financial support, medical assistance and legal aid. It is important to note that most government bodies and non-government organisations do not include parental care of children, except in cases of special need such as disability, in discussion and statistics on informal care, but do include non-parental child-care, such as that provided by grandparents. While Women's Health Victoria (WHV) acknowledges that this is an omission in the literature on informal care, especially in the context of care provided by women, this narrowed definition will be used in this paper to avoid confusion. However, WHV contends that reframing the definition of informal care to include parental care is an issue worthy of debate.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 6 - Women and Cardoivascular Disease
    • Abstract: Yeats, BecWomen's Health Victoria.
      Cardiovascular health relates to the health of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) covers a number of conditions including coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke, some of which are described briefly below. Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is a chronic condition where blood vessels are clogged and narrowed. CHD can lead to a heart attack where there is a sudden complete blockage of an artery that supplies blood to an area of the heart. Heart failure is where the heart muscle becomes too weak to effectively pump blood through the body. This can be caused by a previous heart attack. A stroke occurs when an artery supplying blood to a part of the brain becomes blocked or bursts, depriving the brain of oxygen. There are several different types of strokes. CVD is Australia's leading cause of death accounting for 76,928 registered deaths in 2006. As a result CVD contributes to 34% of all deaths in Australia. Increased recognition that CVD is a serious health issue for women is required since women make up 24,205 (53%) of these deaths. Many of these deaths are both premature and preventable. The perception that CVD is more common in men impacts the outcomes for women who develop CVD. Women tend to delay seeking treatment for their cardiac related events possibly leading to worse outcomes.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 4 - Women and Drugs
    • Abstract: Yeats, BecWomen's Health Victoria.
      Drug use among women appears to be on the rise both in Australia and around the world. The number of women in Victoria that misuse drugs is small with 10.35% of women using illicit drugs in the past 12 months but the health implications for these women and their families are serious and wide ranging. Women misuse both prescription and illicit drugs for various reasons. These include dealing with past trauma, relieving stress, and self medicating mental illness. Women and men's drug use differs with men more likely to use drugs for recreational purposes and women more likely to use them to improve mood, reduce tension and cope with problems. There are many health and social implications associated with women's misuse of drugs. This report addresses these issues and suggests four recommendations.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
  • Issue 1 - Women and Depression
    • Abstract: Rice, Kerrilie; Tsianakas, Vicki; Quinn, KarolyneWomen's Health Victoria.
      Depression commonly refers to feelings of ongoing low mood, unhappiness or distress. The term 'depression' 'describes a group of illnesses which all have the characteristic of excessive and long term mood disturbance, often accompanied by feelings of anxiety'. The causes of depression are now understood to be complex and relate to the interaction of many diverse factors, including environmental, social, biological and psychological risk. The Global Burden of Disease Study estimated that by 2020, depression will become the second greatest cause of disease burden in the world.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:13:23 GMT
       
 
 
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