Women’s Health Strategy

Make your voice heard!

I am so excited by the announcement of this new Government led initiative looking into gender inequality in health.

Working closely with women from peri to post menopause this is something I am all to aware need to be urgently addressed. So many women feel let down when they approach their GP/health practitioner for support. I have heard numerous stories of women being told they are not peri/menopausal, being inappropriately prescribed antidepressants, being sent for unnecessary and uncomfortable investigations, given incorrect advice about HRT and other options open to them or just being dismissed altogether.

This is your opportunity to get your voice heard and make a change. I should point out that although I have focused on menopause, this is open to all women over the age of 16. If you have been impacted by any female health condition such as heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, pregnancy-related issues or the menopause please make sure you get your voice heard.

There are six key themes which have been identified as priority areas:

Placing women’s voices at the centre of their health and care

How the health and care system engages with and listens to women at the individual level as well as at the system level.

Improving the quality and accessibility of information and education on women’s health

Women having access to high-quality information when they need to make a decision, increasing health literacy, as well as increasing awareness and understanding of women’s health conditions among clinicians.

Ensuring the health and care system understands and is responsive to women’s health and care needs across the life course

Supporting women to maximise their health across their lives, and ensuring services are designed to maximise benefits for women.

Maximising women’s health in the workplace

Deepening our understanding of how women’s health issues can affect their workforce participation and outcomes, both with regards to female-specific issues such as the menopause, but also conditions that are more prevalent in women such as musculoskeletal conditions, depression or anxiety.

Ensuring that research, evidence and data support improvements in women’s health

Inclusion of women and women’s health in research and data collection and how that information is used and driving participation in clinical trials to support improvements in women’s health.

Understanding and responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on women’s health

Supporting women through the unique challenges they’ve faced during the pandemic.

Mika Simmons, co-chair Ginsburg Women’s Health Board, filmmaker and host of The Happy Vagina, said:

Every single woman I speak to, myself included, has experienced either misunderstanding or loss as a direct result of slow or inaccurate diagnosis of their health concerns. I am delighted that this – the gender health gap – which grew out of a severe lack of historical research into women’s health issues, is not only finally being acknowledged but that steps are being taken to right size it. I hope this new government drive for thoroughly inclusive data will ensure that all women in the UK, no matter what their background or cultural demographic, will finally have their voices heard and their health needs met, at the highest possible level. We can’t change the past but if we work together, I believe we can transform healthcare for women today and for future generations.

Please take the time to complete the survey. You can access the public survey by clicking here. It is open to any woman over the age of 16. The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 30 May 2021.