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DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN) Ontario




(This information comes from PAR-L)

When the National Forum on Health wrapped up its work in 1997, it left behind a synthesis report on An Overview of Women's Health (français) making recommendations including reduction of power inequalities that lead to violence against women, and supporting women in decision-making and gate-keeping roles within the health system.

The Women's Health Bureau, formed in Health Canada in 1993, has over the last five years been establishing five Centres of Excellence in Women's Health (les Centres d'excellence pour la santé des femmes), in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Their major priority is to to inform the policy process and narrow the knowledge gap on gender and health determinants.

These initiatives have breathed new life in the Canadian Women's Health Network (le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes) , whose vision is as follows: Health is a human right that, because of poverty, politics and dwindling resouces for health and social services, eludes many women.

Guided by a woman-centred, holistic vision of women's health, the CWHN recognizes and respects the diverse realities of women's lives and takes an active stance in ending discrimination based on gender, region, race, age, language, religion, sexual orientation or ability.

Finally, in March 1999, the Minister of Health launched the Canadian Women's Health Strategy (Stratégie pour la santé des femmes) , a framework document to guide the federal government's initiatives with regard to the health of women. Its four major objectives are:

* Ensure that Health Canada policies and programs are responsive to sex and gender differences and to women’s health needs.

* Increase knowledge and understanding of women’s health and women’s health needs.

* Support the provision of effective health services to women.

* Promote good health through preventive measures and the reduction of risk factors that most imperil the health of women.

Statistics Pertaining to WOMEN and HEALTH

The following information comes from the PAR-L site

Annette Jo Browne, Jo-Anne Fiske & Geraldine Thomas, First Nations Women's Encounters with Mainstream Health Care Services and Systems, BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, 2000. (Report available for download from Home Page)

Dawn Canada, A Way Out: Women With Disabilities and Smoking, Health Canada, February 1997. (Canadian Statistics)

Statistics Canada, Age-specific fertility rate of women, Health Statistics at a Glance, 1999

Statistics Canada, Exercise frequency by sex and age 1996-1997, Health Statistics at a Glance, 1999

Statistics Canada, Health improvement measures by women 1996-1997, Health Statistics at a Glance, 1999

Statistics Canada, Percentage of smokers by age, sex and province 1996-1997, Health Statistics at a Glance, 1999

Statistics Canada, Selected leading causes of death by sex 1996-1997, Health Statistics Division, 1997.

Statistics Canada, Therapeutic Abortion rates for Canada 1996-1997, Canadian Institute for Health Information, April 2000



On Mental Health Legislative Reform ...

Brian's Law (Mental Health Legislative Reform), 2000
Read the Government of Ontario's Questions and Answers page about Brian's Law.

Read the Government of Ontario's "Getting Ready For Bill 68"
about amendments to the Mental Health Act and the Health Care Consent Act .

Overview to the Primary Care Reform ...

The information page has been removed from the Government of Ontario website. However, if you wish to obtain a current printed version, please contact the Registration and Claims Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care at 1-800-262-6524.


Miscellaneous Articles on Women's Health

About Mammograms: A Woman's Guide


Follow this link for a comprehensive set of Health related links from the Canadian Women's Health Network.



Perceptions of Primary Healthcare Services among People with Physical Disabilities: A 2-part report on the perceived quality of primary care received by persons with disabilities.
Reprinted with Permission from Dr. Donna Stewart
Part 1: Access Issues
Part 2: Quality Issues


Article on Osteoporosis
authored by Don R. Powell, PhD
Apr.1999 1999 Don R. Powell, PhD, and
Amer. Inst. for Prevent. Medicine.

America's War on the Disabled; 1975-1992:
A Personal Account

A History of the Social Security Disability Reviews of the 1980's available free online, authored by Tennise Broeck Morse, a woman who lives with MS

Breast Self-Examination
A Handbook for Women with disAbilities

What this booklet is about
The Facts about Breast Cancer
Why Practice Breast Self Examination
Reasons Why We Don't Do Breast Self-Examination
To Treat Cancer you must First Find it
Other Alternatives to BSE
For Information or support

About Mammograms: A Women's Guide


Follow this link for a comprehensive set of Health related links from the Canadian Women's Health Network.


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