Health & Wellbeing Boost for South West Women

Women in the South West will benefit from increased funding for cervical and breast cancer, endometriosis and reproductive health in the 2021-22 Federal Budget.

Federal Member for Forrest and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories,
the Hon Nola Marino MP welcomed the funding boost, saying it will improve long term
health outcomes for women and girls, both locally and across Australia.

“This includes funding for Breast Cancer Network Australia to operate its helpline, rural and regional information forums and extend its consumer representative training program.”

“Improvements to cervical and breast cancer screening programs are included in the funding, as well as support for people with eating disorders and their families.”

“To help expectant parents, we are investing to reduce pre-term birth rates through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme [PBS] listing of Oripro® (progesterone) to prevent
premature labour and funding for the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance.”

“The mental health and wellbeing of new and expectant parents is supported, with funding for the Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia [PANDA] helpline, by working to deliver universal perinatal mental health screening, and through improved data collection.”

“There is an extension of funding for Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia for the Periods, Pain and Endometriosis Program (PPEP-Talk).

Ms Marino is a passionate Ambassador for Endometriosis Australia and has been an active advocate for women’s support and educational programs here in the South West.

“Each of these investments will have a profound impact for those affected.”
The Budget includes $353.9 million over the next four years to support women’s health.
The Government’s National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030 has five priority areas;
maternal, sexual and reproductive health, healthy ageing, chronic conditions and preventive
health, mental health and the health impacts of violence against women and girls – core issues affecting the lives and livelihoods of women and girls.