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Women’s Health in Ireland - New Report published

Published: Friday, October 11, 2019

October saw a great step forward for women’s health in Ireland.

A new Women’s Health Taskforce has been established by the Department of Health. It will be led by Secretary General Jim Breslin and Director General of the European Institute for Women's Health, Peggy Maguire, in partnership with NWCI.

It will be crucial that the new taskforce shows the leadership on women’s health that women in Ireland have been looking for. As members, NWCI will be working to ensure the voices and experiences of women are at the centre of all work.

To coincide with the launch NWCI, supported by the HSE and Department Health, published a report Women’s Health in Ireland – an evidence base for the development of a women’s health action plan, as well as a shorter Briefing on Women’s Health.

The taskforce will tackle issues impacting women’s health outcomes, including disadvantage, reproductive & maternal health and women’s mental health.

The first action will be to lead a radical listening exercise that will invite women in Ireland to share their experiences of and solutions for the health system. 

The establishment of the taskforce represents significant progress in NWCI’s advocacy for women’s health to be prioritised across the health system. It also responds to Dr Gabriel Scally’s recommendation, following his inquiry into CervicalCheck, that women’s health be given committed attention in health policy.

Get involved

Follow #WomensHealthIRL for regular updates from the Women’s Health Taskforce.

In advance of the radical listening consultation with women, if you have research, evidence or perspectives on aspects of women’s health which you would be willing to share please email your name, address, and a short description of your work to womenshealthtaskforce@health.gov.ie