Fran Baum gave a keynote speech on the Social Determinants of Women’s Health. The Summit was organised by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist to examine how women’s health can be advanced. The summit was designed to consider inequities in health between different groups. Other keynotes were given by the Hon Greg Hunt (Federal Minister for Health), Hon Catherine King (Shadow Minister for Health), Senator Janet Rice (Australian Greens), economist Professor Brenda Gannon, Patricia Turner, CEO NACCHO and Carla Wilshire, CEO, Migrant Council of Australia.
Intensive discussions were held on migrant and refugee women’s health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, rural and remote women, Women with disability, mental health and well-being and healthy ageing. The presentations and discussion will inform a paper to be prepared by the President of the RANZCOG Prof. Steve Robson and presented on International Women’s Day. Fran Baum was delighted by the attention given to social determinants at the Summit and the broad recognition that they are vital to improving women’s health.
The twitter from the Summit can be found at #NWHS18