A gender-sensitive approach to improving women’s health and wellbeing will help build individual and community resilience. Taking a systems approach will address social determinants that are unique to women in our region. Furthermore, an intersectional lens on women and mental health will provide primary prevention with the opportunity to understand the drivers of poor and positive mental health and develop with our Southern Melbourne community sustainable health promotion strategies to build capacity and capability.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Bushfires have provided clear evidence of the gendered impact of disaster. Globally we know that women’s health and wellbeing is especially impacted by climate change – yet in spite of this evidence, Australia is yet to fully appreciate this. Our work will be to raise awareness and capacity to see health promotion to improve women’s health and equity in light of disaster and climate change.
We know for women gender and aging intersect to compound inequality. Older women experience significant risks to their social inclusion and because of that, often lack resources, and opportunities to work and engage and live healthy lives. Health promotion and primary prevention benefits from addressing intersectional drivers of inequality in older women, by taking a social inclusion perspective. With no framework for prevention for older women particularly when it comes to abuse available, and little with regard to sexual and reproductive health, the building of capacity in community and agencies to better understand specific risk factors for older women will enable primary prevention work to create and provide suitable services for older women.