Gaiswinkler, Sylvia (2021): Action Plan on Women's Health in Austria. From reporting to action. 14th European Public Health Conference, 12. November 2021, Virtual Event.

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BACKGROUND: 4,5 million women are living in Austria, in different life-phases and living conditions. Women´s health situations, health-related behaviour and disease courses differ from men. The Austrian Action Plan on Women´s Health addresses the need to increase equal health opportunities for women. *** METHODS: The Action Plan is developed by a broad, multidimensional, cross-political (HiAP) process with around 50 experts and organizations. A survey at the beginning provided the basis for identifying issues of health that affect “only women, mainly women or women differently”. Goals and measures are based on 8 socio-economic principles and connected to WHO´s Strategy on Women´s Health. The outlined actions are following three life-phases of women (girls/young women, working age, older women) and include one age-spanning focus. *** RESULTS: The Action Plan addresses all women in Austria. It includes measures in the fields of research, care, health literacy, women-related diseases (e.g. cervical and breast cancer), sexual-reproductive health or mental health. It is also strongly emphasizing socio-economic determinants that influence health outcomes. Within 17 goals and 40 measures disadvantaged women (e.g. migrant women, women affected by poverty and violence, disabled women) are prioritizes. Measures also target women-related working conditions like the distribution of paid and unpaid work. *** CONCLUSION/OUTLOOK: The Action Plan was presented by the Austrian Minister of Health in 2017 at the 1st Women´s Health Dialogue. The implementation is carried by a triangle of pillars: Focal Points in each federal state as coordination link, Focal Point Meetings for expert exchange and once a year a Women´s Health Dialogue. The strategy provides a structure of experts on women´s health, drives the implementation of measures and supports activities for raising the awareness on sex and gender-related health-issues.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: OEBIG > Gesundheit, Gesellschaft und Chancengerechtigkeit
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2022 08:41
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2023 14:09