Health Service Use: Describe Women’s Health Services Use Across Life

Program Leads: Prof Annette Dobson, Prof Gita Mishra, Prof Jenny Doust


More detailed evidence is needed regarding the pattern of women’s health service use across life, in terms of the impact of reproductive characteristics, major risk factors, and NCDs.

This program will conduct a comprehensive assessment of Australian women’s use of health services across life stages, identify key factors influencing distinct patterns of health service use and assess the comparative impact of NCDs on health service use.


1. How do women in Australia use health services across life, in terms of the timing and duration and nature of services accessed, including for reproductive and maternal health and to what extent do these patterns vary by sociodemographic factors, e.g. area of residence (urban/regional, rural/remote, and by state)? How does this compare with men’s use of health services?

2. How do patterns of health services use vary before and after the diagnosis of each NCD, including the impact of subsequent additional NCDs and multi-morbidity? How does use of pharmaceuticals and hospitalisation change with increasing NCD burden?

3. What are the differences in the patterns of health services use across life based on the characteristics of key groups of women at most risk of one or more NCDs?

 New research findings:

Factors associated with chlamydia testing in Australian women

Researcher, Dr. Louise Wilson explores factors associated with chlamydia testing in sexually active young women.

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Women and Non-communicable Diseases: Prevention and Detection

Level 3, Public Health Building

The University of Queensland,

266 Herston Road

Herston, QLD, 4006

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