Shining a spotlight on women’s health

Each year on 28 May, the International Day of Action for Women’s Health is recognised across the globe. It is a day to take action – to prioritise women’s health, advocate for the rights of all women and to educate and encourage women to take control of their own health.

Women are estimated to make up 13.4 percent of Australia’s veteran population, and 20.6 per cent of current serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members according to the 2021 Census. However, it is anticipated the actual number of women veterans is higher than reported.

For many women, a career in the ADF is a rewarding experience. Although, for some, their experience in the ADF is challenging and some choose not to identify with their service upon separating from the ADF. It is important all women in the veteran community know that support, programs and services are available for those who need it, including:

The International Day of Action for Women’s Health is a great reminder for all women in the veteran community to stop, check on their health and wellbeing, and take action to care for their health.

For more information about including eligibility visit or call 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372).

Or, if you need immediate counselling or mental health support:

  • Open Arms – Veterans’ & Families Counselling: free, confidential support on 1800 011 046
  • Lifeline: crisis support and suicide prevention help on 13 11 14
  • 1800RESPECT: help for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse on 1800 737 732