Policy scorecard for gender mainstreaming: gender equity in health policy
Article first published online: 2 APR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. ANZJPH © 2013 Public Health Association of Australia
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 111–117, April 2013
How to Cite
Keleher, H. (2013), Policy scorecard for gender mainstreaming: gender equity in health policy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37: 111–117. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12027
- Issue published online: 2 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2013
- Submitted: March 2012 Revision requested: May 2012 Accepted: December 2012
- Women's health;
- public health;
- health policy
Objectives : To examine whether gender mainstreaming for women's health is included in national and state health policies.
Methods : A policy analysis tool (Policy Scorecard) was developed and then applied to Australia's National Health Priority Areas as well as policies of three Australian States.
Results : Despite Australia's leadership in women's health policy, its health policies are largely devoid of gender equity concerns at both national and state levels. Mainstreaming of gender equity outcomes has not yet occurred in Australia.
Conclusions : Applying the Policy Scorecard for Gender Mainstreaming to local and country-specific policies is revealing of governments’ commitment to women, and how well gender equity goals are embedded into policies and programs. Policy analysis using this gender-sensitive Policy Scorecard provides opportunities for advocacy to advance women's health and gender equity at any level of government, in any country.