Many women’s health issues, particularly reproductive health issues, are typically not discussed in public. This is partly the result of less funding being allocated to the research of diseases that impact women specifically, as well as medical research more generally often failing to take into account the significance of gender. As a result, women’s health is not as prominent an issue in the public sphere as it arguably should be.
This information deficit often leaves women marginalised and sometimes powerless to make choices in relation to their own health rights. This is evidenced by the fact that in NSW an abortion is only legal if a doctor believes the procedure is necessary to prevent serious danger to a woman’s life or risks to her mental or physical health, otherwise the procedure is unlawful and punishable by imprisonment.
Women’s Health Rights Night will explore women’s access to health services in Australia. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the current status of reproductive rights in Australia, access to medication to treat diseases and illnesses that primarily affect women, and current deficiencies in medical research and public discussion on women’s health.
This event is catered and there will be an opportunity to speak with the panelists and other organisations involved in advocating for women's health rights after the panel has concluded.
Date and Time
University of New South Wales
The Common Room G02, UNSW Law School
Building F8, UNSW Australia, Union Road
Randwick, NSW 2031