Hearing the voices of women of Scotland

Type: News Item Date Published: 8th January 2021
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A newly published report from an ALLIANCE survey from August 2020 highlights key messages for the Scottish Government Women's Health Plan.

ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather chairs the lived experience subgroup of the Scottish Government Women’s Health Group, developing a new Women’s Health Plan for Scotland.

The aim of the Women’s Health Plan is to tackle women’s health and inequalities by raising awareness around women’s health, improving access to healthcare for all women at all stages of life and reducing inequalities in health outcomes for girls and women.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face to face meetings to discuss lived experience have not been possible, so the ALLIANCE put out a survey to hear about lived experience of women’s health in August 2020. An event on 13 January 2021 will bring people together remotely to discuss their experiences in greater detail.

The survey focussed on the areas of women’s health which have been established as the priorities for the women’s health plan, including sections on access to information and services, contraception, abortion and mental health, menopause and menstrual health including endometriosis, heart health and research in to women’s health.

This report covers the results of the survey and highlights the key themes and messages for the Women’s Health Plan to address.

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