The article was originally posted on LinkedIn by Claire Sparke, Population Health, Unit Head, AIHW.
This week is #WomensHealthWeek – an important reminder for women across Australia to make good health a priority, especially in these uncertain times.
Compared with males, females have a higher life expectancy and experience more of their total disease burden due to living with disease rather than dying early from disease and injury.
I want to draw attention to the important work of the AIHW in highlighting some of the #health issues that disproportionately affect #women, such as experiencing sexual violence and having multiple chronic conditions. Almost half of Australian women had 1 or more of the 10 selected chronic conditions in 2017–18.
#Endometriosis is one of the more under-recognised chronic conditions that affect women. Our first ever national report released in 2019 found that 1 in 9 women aged 40–44 and 1 in 15 aged 25–29 have endometriosis. You can also read our other reports on the incidence of gestational diabetes and maternal and perinatal health.
Find out more on the health of Australia’s females here.
Further information and support can be found on the official Women's Health Week website, or by reaching out to the following organisations:
We'd love to know any feedback that you have about the AIHW website, its contents or reports.
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