Women’s Health NSW acknowledges the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work today. We pay respect to their elders both past and present; as well as all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Women’s Health NSW endorses the ‘Uluru Statement From the Heart‘ to call for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Women’s Health NSW is the peak body for 21 non-government community-based women’s health centres in New South Wales.

Our Vision

All women and girls are empowered to fulfill their potential within a safe and healthy environment.

Our Mission

To ensure women’s health care is delivered in a gender appropriate, affordable and accessible way designed to meet the health needs of women

Strategic Priorities

Women’s Health NSW will be proactive on priority issues relevant to women’s health:

  • Advocacy for improved outcomes for women
  • Networking and Research
  • Reorienting the health system

Increase the capacity of the women’s health sector to respond to women’s health and well-being:

  • Good governance
  • Training and development
  • Women’s health priority issues

WHNSW Strategic Plan 2021-2023

Review of Victims Rights and Support Act Joint Submission

WHNSW joined over 70 organisations and 14 individuals in calling on the NSW Government to remove the requirement to separately prove injury in NSW Victims Support applications by the end of 2022.

The joint statement has been sent to the NSW Attorney General, the Hon Mark Speakman SC and to NSW Minister for Women’s Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Hon Natalie Ward. Read the submission here.

Health Impacts of Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence

Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue in Australia occurring across all socioeconomic and demographic groups, but predominantly affecting women and children. The impacts of family, domestic and sexual violence can be serious and long-lasting, affecting an individual’s health, wellbeing, education, relationships and housing outcomes.

This report provides an overview of the health impacts of family, domestic and sexual violence, including hospitalisations for assaults, and deaths.

Read the AIHW report here

Framework for Abortion Access in NSW

This Scoping Paper maps current healthcare services and settings where abortion services are delivered in NSW and describes a proposed model for medical and surgical abortion service delivery.

Read the publication here

AWHN Australian Women’s Health Charter 2019

This charter is a revision of the 2016 document and calls for political commitment to five key proposals including a new National Women’s Health Policy, the first priority of which should be a national women’s sexual and reproductive health policy; and funding for AWHN as the national independent women’s health peak. 

Read the publication here

Heart Health Pathways For Women Screening and Risk Assessment Scoping Paper 2019

This report was developed in collaboration between Women’s Health NSW, The Heart Foundation and the Australian Women’s Health Network

It contains an outline of the screening and risk assessment of cardiovascular disease in women – it is a good read and supports our quest to have women’s evidence based knowledge articulated in public policy and practice.

Read the publication here

The Voice of Women’s Health

Creating a healthy society for all

Read the publication here

A Safe State

Acting to End Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence. Visit their website here

A Safe State – Full Policy Platform (Oct 2018-Mar 2019)

A Safe State – Summary of Recommendations (Oct 2018-Mar 2019)

Research: The Women’s Health Sector Model of Service Delivery in NSW Australia

Jacqueline Schroeder – University of New England, Armidale, Australia

Read the publication here

Nurse practitioner (NP) led care: Cervical screening practices and experiences of women attending a women’s health centre

Joanne Perks – Liverpool Women’s Health Centre, Maricris Algoso and  Kath Peters -Western Sydney University

Read the publication here

MESH Injured Women of Australia to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ASCQHC)

Letter of correspondence

Letter of correspondence and Senate report. (1MB, 170 Pages)

Link to Sentate report online

Research on Trauma-Informed Care in General Practice at Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre Young Women’s Clinic

Please note that we have now uploaded this research paper to our Factsheets/Reports/Resources Page for your information.

This research was published in the Australian Journal of General Practice.

NSW NGO Women’s Health Centres Literature Review



Urbis was commissioned by the NSW Ministry of Health (the Ministry) to undertake a mapping study to establish a comprehensive understanding of the services provided by NGO Women’s Health Centres in NSW and their alignment with state and local priorities. This literature review was conducted to inform the research project.

Core topics for this research comprised:

  • women’s experience of health and the gender based vulnerabilities that influence women’s health outcomes
  • the services currently available to women through the 20 Women’s Health Centres in NSW
  • the models of care that are most likely to positively affect women’s health outcomes

See full Literature Review here

“What’s Health Got To Do With It”

Reflecting Gender & Women’s Lives in Health Policy & Practice

Please note that we have now uploaded some of the presentations and papers from the “What’s Health Got To Do With It” Summit on to our Factsheets/Reports/Resources Page for your information.

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