The Women's Health Survey of more than 15,000 women who are juggling children, the digital world,career and aging parents  is now available, revealing more women are exercising ( 70.3% are doing more than 2 hours of moderate exercise weekly)  and less are smoking ( 90.5%)  but there are concerning statistics regarding their wellbeing with:

  • 50.8% of surveyed women describe themselves as overweight or obese
  • 9.5% of women drink daily
  • 46.1% of surveyed women have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a doctor or psychologist
  • 34.5% of women reported not getting enough time to themselves on a weekly basis
  • 66.9% of women reported feeling nervous, anxious or on edge nearly every day or on more than seven days in the past few weeks

Jean Hailes for Women's Health conducted the survey and the director, Janet Michelmore says the data demonstrates the complex demands on modern women who are either trying or think they are expected to do so much. She says that time is the biggest barrier for women who are trying to make health a priority, but finding that a challenge. Social media also plays a part in the expectations of women to always appear as perfect. To see the whole report, see


The Jean Hailes Women's Health Week runs from 3rd to 7th September and for more information see The organisation provides free daily videos, podcasts, stories, recipes and more throughout the week. The Jean Hailes Organisation provides practical, accessible evidence-based and reliable  information on the website and in 2016 was recognised officially as the Federal Government's national digital gateway for women's health.

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