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Clearinghouse Connector - Cancer and women - April 2017
WHV BreaCan and Policy teams have collaborated to bring you a selection of the latest research and resources on women and cancer in Australia.
Have a look here: Clearinghouse Connector : Cancer and women
In Australia, cancer deaths comprise 27% of all female causes of death, and 36% of female years of life lost. According to the Victorian Cancer Registry, the cancers with the highest incidence in Victorian women are breast cancer, followed by bowel cancer, melanoma, then lung cancer. The gendered experience of women diagnosed with any type of cancer needs greater research and consideration. While female breast cancer has a 5-year survival rate of 94%, many other cancers have significantly lower 5-year survival rates (colorectal 69%, ovarian 42% and lung 20%).
Risk factors, screening, prevention and health promotion messages should all be examined through a gender lens to ensure that strategies in each of these areas are targeted to the needs and experiences of women.
Victorian Women's Health Atlas - expanded - February 2017
The Atlas is an interactive resource that shows gender differences in data indicators for each local government area in Victoria. The 2017 major expansion now allows users to interact with 96 indicators across six priority health areas:
- sexual and reproductive health (New indicators, trend data added)
- violence against women (Trend data added)
- mental health (New indicators)
- gender equality (New indicators)
- cancer (New priority area)
- avoidable mortality (New priority area)
Trend data shows a significant increase in both notifications of family violence, and notifications of sexually transmitted infection (STIs) in the past year.
Access the Victorian Women’s Health Atlas
Read the related WHV Media Release
WHV has developed the Atlas in collaboration with other state-wide and regional Victorian women’s health services. Its purpose is to provide reliable data for evidence-based planning which will contribute to lasting improvements in the health of Victorian women.
Submission - Valuing Sport and Recreation - March 2017
Sport and increased physical activity have potential to make a huge difference in the lives and wellbeing of women and girls in Victoria. As a significant part of the social and cultural life of our community, sport has the potential to drive action for gender equality and the prevention of violence against women, and deliver a wide range of long term social, health and economic benefits for Victoria.
Women’s Health Victoria’s submission to the Victorian Government’s Valuing Sport and Recreation discussion paper summarises key evidence for women and girls’ lower participation in sport and recreation and the barriers they face to increasing their participation. The submission suggests a broad framework for creating gender equitable policy, programs and environments and highlights promising initiatives aimed at increasing women’s and girls’ participation in sport and recreation and a broader social agenda of fairness, inclusion and equality.
Access the Valuing Sport and Recreation Submission
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