Australian Women’s Health: Innovations in Social Science and Community Research contains a compilation of studies that investigates the status of women’s physical and mental health in Australia. The studies in this book will help researchers and practitioners from any country benefit from the methodological approaches used to ask questions of policy, program, and epidemiological interests.
From Australian Women’s Health, you’ll learn ways to discover the different needs of women depending on their age, race, and economic situation; if these needs are being met; and how politics affect women’s health care issues. Australian Women’s Health offers suggestions for further research and gives you insight into Australian health policies, the social aspects of women’s health, and women’s health care costs, in particular, for women in minority communities. Furthermore, this book investigates issues that affect women based on their occupation, cultural background, and roles in society. This information will help you understand the diverse needs and health care concerns of Australian women.
The studies in Australian Women’s Health identify current problems and offer future suggestions on how to improve women’s health care, including:
- evaluating the positive and negative aspects of women’s health centers (WHC’s) in order to offer or improve important services to women and maintain government funding
- conducting a follow-up survey in conjunction with the Women’s Health Australia (WHA) study to learn more about health service utilization, eating disorders, violence, social support and health care for widowers, and services available for treating emotional distress
- increasing communication between generations to teach younger women about sexually transmitted diseases, early pregnancy, cervical cancer, and available health services
- treating the emotional and physical medical needs unique to refugee women and how treatment can be improved
- examining the special concerns and health care issues of women in caravan parks, or trailer parks, such as drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, contraceptive practices, and chronic illnesses
- addressing how women perceive stress to be a causal factor of heart disease and angina, high blood pressure, ulcers, asthma, and muscular pain
- contributing factors to mental illness, such as domestic violence and sexual abuse
- teaching medical students about domestic violence and how to detect abuse in their patients’livesAustralian Women’s Health offers you proven reasons why special attention to women’s health needs are important by examining women’s own theories about health and its determinants. You will receive information, suggestions, and first-hand accounts from women as to their needs and concerns that will help you shape the future direction of women’s health care.
Co-published simultaneously as Women & Health, vol. 28, no. 1, 1998
editor, Lenore Manderson