Sex and gender in health research: Australia lags behind

Sex and gender in health research: Australia lags behind
Sex and gender in health research: Australia lags behind

Australian medical research is in danger of falling behind globally when it comes to sex and gender analysis in medical research and this has been a serious issue.

In a published report, researchers point out that advanced healthcare pricing due to some tests and treatments are not required at the initial stage. The poorer quality of care are other unwanted costs of failing to account for variances in the way men and women experience common diseases and respond to therapy.

While growing numbers of countries have presented strategies and practices which want the combination of sex and gender analyses in competitive research grants in journals, few corresponding policies exist here.

Australia’s top ten investigation funding agencies and four of the nation’s top ten journals still did not have policies on the collection, analysis and reporting of sex- and gender-specific health data.

Not to mention Men and women have an equal right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Data have been provided by men and generalized to women, but a growing body of research shows that this approach was no longer suitable. We need to do better in terms of translating that into practice.

This is not simply a women’s or men’s health issue, but an issue for all Australians.