Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2001 – 2005


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘The Sick State of Health for Women with Disabilities’ – by Sue Salthouse (April 2005)

A Paper presented on behalf of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) to the Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) 5th Australian Women’s Health Conference, 20 – 22 April, 2005, Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne. Copyright WWDA 2005.


Preventative Women’s Health Care for Women with Disabilities: Guidelines for General Practitioners: Background and Literature Review – By NSW Cervical Screening Program (2004) [PDF]

Through an assessment of the literature and widespread consumer consultation, the New South Wales (Australia) Cervical Screening Program identified that clinical guidelines for service providers who were caring for women with disabilities were not readily available. The NSW Cervical Screening Program formed a partnership with the Centre for Developmental Disability Studies (University of Sydney), to develop the guidelines and to design a small group learning activity for general practitioners to promote them. This is the Background and Literature Review component of the Project. Copyright 2004.


Preventative Women’s Health Care for Women with Disabilities: Guidelines for General Practitioners – By NSW Cervical Screening Program (2004) [PDF]

These guidelines are designed to assist general practitioners to provide preventative women’s health care to women with disabilities. They are based on the best evidence available at the time of publication, and are intended to provide a guide to clinical practice. For the purposes of these guidelines, ‘preventative women’s health care’ encompasses cervical and breast screening; sexually transmitted infections; sexual assault; contraception; pregnancy choices; menstruation management and menopause. Copyright 2004.


Preventative Women’s Health Care for Women with Disabilities: Brochure – By NSW Cervical Screening Program (2004) [PDF]

This is an information brochure about preventative women’s health care, targeted to women with disabilities. It was developed as part of the New South Wales (Australia) Cervical Screening Program Project to develop Guidelines for General Practitioners around preventative women’s health care for women with disabilities. Copyright 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Waiting to be Included – Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, Where are the Women with Disabilities?’ – by Jenny Bridge-Wright (July 2004)

A paper presented by Jenny Bridge-Wright on behalf of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) to the Inaugural Conference on Social Aspects of Disease, Disability and Disablement, Melbourne 1 July 2004. Copyright WWDA 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Lack of Data Means Lack of Action – A clinical examination of access to health services for women with disabilities’ – by Keran Howe and Sue Salthouse (May 2004)

A paper presented by Keran Howe and Sue Salthouse on behalf of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) National Summit: ‘Access to Health Services for People with Disabilities’. Sydney, 28 May 2004. Copyright WWDA 2004.


‘Breaking Down Barriers to Health Care for Women with Disabilities’ (USA) – by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2004) [Word]

This national summit, convened by the Office on Disability (US) and the Office on Women’s Health (US) explored ways in which health care professionals and health care facilities can overcome barriers to the best possible care for women with disabilities. It featured promising effective programs and new paradigms for approaching the health of women with disabilities that have helped improve access and, ultimately, quality of care including projects that focus on educating health care professionals. This resulting White Paper from the Summit, not only summarizes the conference deliberations, but also delineates an action plan that can be used to make progress in improving access to healthcare for women with disabilities. Copyright WWDA 2004.


‘Financing Health Care for Women with Disabilities’ (USA) – by Janice Blanchard & Susan Hosek (2003) [PDF]

To gain a better understanding of the health care barriers women with disabilities face, the FISA Foundation in Pennsylvania, commissioned RAND to assess what is known about the key financial issues affecting access to appropriate primary health care for women with disabilities and to recommend strategies for effectively addressing these issues. This paper describing the key findings and recommendations, is intended to inform national, state, and local policymakers and other leaders seeking to eliminate health disparities and improve quality of care for women with disabilities. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘In/Different Health: Rethinking Gender, Disability and Health’- by Helen Meekosha (2001)

A Keynote Address presented by Helen Meekosha for Women With Disabilities Australia to the 4th Australian Women’s Health Conference, held in Adelaide, February 2001. The paper examines, amongst other things, what is disability?; the position of women with disabilities in Australian society; prenatal testing and selective abortion; voluntary euthanasia; health policy models, and more. The paper also looks at what disability can teach the women’s health movement. Copyright WWDA 2001.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Going Inclusive: Access to Health Care for Women with Disabilities’- by Keran Howe and Carolyn Frohmader (2001)

A paper presented by Keran Howe for Women With Disabilities Australia to the 4th Australian Women’s Health Conference, held in Adelaide, February 2001. The paper examines the status of women with disabilities in Australia, and looks at a number of solutions to address the myriad of issues women with disabilities face. Copyright WWDA 2001.


‘Strategies for Change: Report of the Women with Disabilities Health Care Summit’ (USA) – by Maryann Hunsburger et al (2001) [PDF]

Sixty-six women gathered in New Jersey (US) on June 16, 2001, to attend the ‘Women with Disabilities Health Care Summit: Strategies for Change,’ sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Council (US). At the summit, women with disabilities defined problems and began the search for solutions. This report documents the proceedings of the Summit. Copyright 2001.