Health Concerns: Issues women want more information on

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health has talked to thousands of women across Australia to find out their greatest health fears and concerns. The results may surprise you.

The Jean Hailes WHW, now in its fourth year, is a week dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of women’s health. Taking place in the first week of September each year, it is a free online event where women can focus on their health, learn about different aspects of their health and take action if they need to. In the lead up to this year’s event, Jean Hailes conducted a national survey of  3,236 women and health professionals of differing ages, cultural backgrounds and from a range of metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia, to find out what some of the key health concerns are across our country.

Women reported five main health concerns

These health concerns included weight management, female-specific cancers, mental and emotional health, menopause and chronic pain. Nearly half of all women reported that they wanted more information on healthy eating and nutrition. Women also reported they wanted more information on mental health, weight management and memory.

Women five main health concerns

Source: Jean Hailes’ Women’s Health Week Survey Report 2016

Interestingly, in a separate survey of 201 health professionals from across Australia, it appeared that the conditions that women are seeking information on from their health professionals is not completely aligned with their common fears.

 

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Professional health concerns

Source: Jean Hailes’ Women’s Health Week Survey Report 2016

What health information are women looking for?

Nearly half of all women across Australia reported that they wanted more information on healthy eating and nutrition. Women also reported they wanted more information on mental health, weight management and memory. Overall, the top eight topics that women would like additional health information on are as follows:

Top health searches

Source: Jean Hailes’ Women’s Health Week Survey Report 2016

Needs differ between metro and regional residents

The health information needs of women residing in metropolitan locations do differ from those in regional and rural Australia. Women in metropolitan locations want more information on mental health, menopause, periods, polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, whilst women in regional and rural areas want more information on bone health, memory and how to manage blood pressure and cholesterol.

Health topics % of metropolitan women % of regional/rural women
Anxiety and worry 49% 41%
Bone health 25% 31%
Endometriosis 12% 8%
Blood pressure management 15% 21%
Cholesterol management 18% 24%
Memory 35% 41%
Menopause 36% 30%
Periods 13% 9%
Polycystic ovary syndrome 12% 8%

Source: Jean Hailes’ Women’s Health Week Survey Report 2016

“Women’s Health Week is a great opportunity for women in towns and cities across Australia to find out what they need to know about women’s health, what they want to know and what’s not being talked about,” says Jean Hailes Executive Director Janet Michelmore.

“It’s an important community event, allowing women to talk freely about their health issues.”

You can find out more about Women’s Health Week here.

 

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