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Guest Editorial: A New National Women’s Health Policy: Legal, Ethical and Policy Initiatives to Support Women’s Health

Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 9-15, 2009

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/54

Posted: 20 May 2010  

Belinda Bennett

Queensland University of Technology

Abstract

In 1989 the first National Women’s Health Policy was launched in Australia. Now, 20 years later, the Federal Government has announced plans for the development of a new National Women’s Health Policy to address the health needs of Australian women. This editorial examines the role for law in the development of a new National Women’s Health Policy. It considers the relevance of regulatory frameworks for health research in supporting an evidence base for health interventions and analyses the requirement in the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research for “fair inclusion” of research participants. The editorial argues for a holistic approach to women’s health that includes regulatory frameworks for research, identification of funding priorities for research, and the need for a dedicated government department or agency to promote women’s health.

Keywords: health law, gender, medical research, policy

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Bennett, Belinda, Guest Editorial: A New National Women’s Health Policy: Legal, Ethical and Policy Initiatives to Support Women’s Health. Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 9-15, 2009; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/54. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1612069

Belinda Bennett (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

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