Women’s health has taken a huge hit in the Federal Budget.
We know that women in the Illawarra Shoalhaven have some of the highest rates of severe and chronic anxiety and depression in NSW.
We know that women in the Illawarra Shoalhaven have high and increasing rates of violence related trauma.
We know this violence is becoming more brutal.
We know women are more likely to use health services because of their role as carers of children, older people, disabled people and the extra strain this places on their health.
AND YET – these disadvantaged women of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven – and their children – will be the ones doing Joe Hockey’s ‘heavy lifting’.
Medicare copayments and increased cost of PBS medicines will make health services unaffordable and inaccessible to vulnerable women. We will be under even further pressure to support ‘hard to reach’ women. Without our services these women will place a much greater cost on the public health system.
On top of State Government funding uncertainty this means we are not only faced with supporting increasing numbers of women with some of the poorest of health issues, we are fighting for our own survival.
Fair? we don’t think so. We think it is a disgrace.
Click here to read more about how the poor will be disproportionately affected by the budget.
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