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:
Did changing MBS criteria reduce overuse of vitamin D testing?
Researcher, Dr. Louise Wilson explores whether the new criteria changed vitamin D testing rates in Australian women and explores the characteristics of women still undergoing tests.
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
Phone: +61 7 3365 5197