Mapping of NSW Women’s Health Centres Literature Review 2017

Publisher: NSW Ministry of Health 2017

Status – CURRENT

This literature review was conducted to inform the research project. Core topics included: women’s experience of health and the gender based vulnerabilities that influence women’s health outcomes; services currently available to women in NSW; models of care that are likely to positively affect health outcomes.

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Women with Disability & Domestic & Family Violence

Publisher: People with Disability Australia and Domestic Violence NSW Inc., 2016

Status – CURRENT

Australian women with disability are 37.3% more at risk of domestic and family violence. In NSW, over 43% of women experiencing personal violence have disability or a long-term illness, meaning that they experience violence at twice the rate of other women. The toolkit is a package of 3 informative and practical documents designed to support a service to become disability inclusive:

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Barriers around access to abortion experienced by rural women in NSW Australia

Publisher: Rural and Remote Health March 2016

Status – CURRENT

There is a long way to go to remove the barriers that rural women experience in accessing reproductive care, including the pervasiveness of abortion stigma. Services closer to home may help reduce the inequities in access to health care experienced by these women.

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Indigenous Womens Legal Program

Publisher: Women’s Legal Services NSW

Status – CURRENT

A list of services provided by the Indigenous Women’s Legal Program at Women’s Legal Services NSW.

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Women’s Legal Services New South Wales, Women’s Legal Services

Publisher: Women’s  Legal Services New South Wales, 2015

Status – CURRENT

A list of legal services that Women’s Legal Services NSW offer to women.

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Pap smear rates among Australian community-attached lesbian and bisexual women: some good news but disparities persist

Publisher: CSIOR 2015

Status – CURRENT

Background: Research in the US and UK shows lesbian women are less likely than their heterosexual peers to attend for routine Pap smear tests. This study examined Pap smear test rates among community-attached lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women in New South Wales, to investigate if rates had changed between 2002 and 2012, compare rates to the general NSW population and identify predictive factors for Pap smear test attendance. Method: Data was taken from the Sydney Women and Sexual Health (SWASH) survey, a self-completed biennial questionnaire of LBQ women’s health and wellbeing. Results: Of the 4083 respondents, 83% had ever had a Pap smear test. Recent attendance rates were slightly higher than the general population. Significant predictors for ever having attended for a Pap smear test were older age, post-year 12 education, ever having had an STI test, being out about sexuality to a regular doctor and ever having had sex with men. Conclusions: Pap smear rates for LBQ women are encouraging when compared to rates in similar countries. A significant proportion of LBQ women are never receiving Pap smear tests. Predictive factors suggest a continued perception that women who have not had sex with men are not at risk of HPV, and highlight the importance of health providers providing a safe and welcoming environment for LBQ women to openly discuss their health.  LBQ, LBTI, lesbian, bisexual, queer, Pap smear, cervical cancer, reproductive health

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Women in contact with the gay and lesbian community in Sydney: Report of the Sydney Women and Sexual Health (SWASH) Survey 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014.

Publisher: ACON & University of Sydney, 2015

Status – CURRENT

The Sydney Women and Sexual Health (SWASH) survey is a comprehensive survey of important health issues relevant to lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women including sexual health and wellbeing, violence, mental health, tobacco use, illicit drug use, alcohol consumption, and cancer screening behaviours. SWASH is run by a collaboration of ACON Health and university researchers since 1996. This report presents results from surveys conducted at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day and other community events and venues during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras seasons in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014. It highlights several areas of particular concern – many of which have persisted over time – where mainstream preventive health interventions that are inclusive of this group or targeted to LBQ, are needed.

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Women in NSW Report 2014; Women in NSW Report 2013; Women in NSW Report 2012

Publisher: New South Wales. Department of Family and Community Services. Women NSW, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Status – CURRENT

These reports examine gender equity in areas of social life critical to women’s wellbeing, including health, education, work, financial security, leadership and safety and justice. They dras on research and analysis from government, business, and educational institutions to ensure it is as relevant and useful as possible for policy-makers and practitioners. The reports also provides an opportunity to see what has changed for women since the 2012 (benchmark) report.

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Women and Family Law

Publisher: Women’s Legal Services, 2014

Status – CURRENT

Information about family law and domestic violence for women.

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