Collaboration for health equity has occurred for centuries, with concepts of care, healing and community embedded in First Nations’ and migrant health. In Australia, colonial laws that had criminalised aspects of humanity and health have been in a constant state of reform.
Here we provide a brief timeline of the last fifty years of reforms, alongside the development of our organisation and other significant events. We also recognise that recording and sharing histories is a complex and ongoing process. To contribute to our recording of women’s health herstory, including photos, key national reforms, shifts or other events, please contact us.
B Attwood, A Markus and Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, The 1967 referendum: race, power and the Australian Constitution, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2007.
Australian Human Rights Commission, Quick guide to anti-discrimination law, Australian Human Rights Commission, 2023.
B Baird, Abortion Care is Health Care, Melbourne University Press, 2023.
F Baum, M Bégin, T Houweling and S Taylor, ‘Changes not for the fainthearted: reorienting health care systems toward health equity through action on the social determinants of health’, American Journal of Public Health, 2009, 99(11), pp 1967-1974.
Gay’wu group of Women, Songspirals: Sharing women’s wisdom of Country through songlines, Allen & Unwin, 2019.
Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Our Bodies, Ourselves: A health book by and for women, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1976.
W Brown, L Bryson, J Byles, A Dobson, L Manderson, M Schofield and G Williams, ‘Women’s Health Australia: Establishment of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Journal of Women’s Health, Oct 1996, 5(5), pp 467-472.
MS Goddard, ‘How the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme began’. Medical Journal of Australia, 2014, 201(S1), S23-S25.
G Gray Jamieson, Reaching for Health: The Australian Women’s Health Movement and Public Policy, ANU E Press, Canberra 2012.
Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health – website at https://alswh.org.au/, 2023
A Moreton-Robinson, Talkin’ Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism, University of Queensland Press, 2002.
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health – website About Us https://www.mcwh.com.au/about-mcwh/, 2023.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation – website Our Story https://www.naccho.org.au/our-story/, 2023.
C Watego, Another Day in the Colony, University of Queensland Press, 2021