We’re discussing the most pressing issues affecting women’s health

FemTech Forum

Healthcare systems are often not designed with women in mind.

They are regularly dismissed, with areas of women’s health being stigmatised and poorly understood.

Enter stage right, FemTech.

Filling gaps in areas like maternal health, menstrual health and chronic disease, FemTech is a field of growing importance and interest.

The DHF FemTech Forum is a dedicated stream that aims to spotlight women’s health technologies and the initiatives within this booming field.

We hope that this forum serves as a catalyst for thought and inspiration, paving the way for groundbreaking advancements in women’s health and wellness.

Day 1 | The Oasis Stage

Time to act

Women face significant inequities in healthcare provision, resulting in differential access to services, poorer health outcomes, and a lack of attention to their specific health needs.

Chronic Pain

Gender bias has been identified in the treatment of chronic pain and the administration of medication. Despite comprising 70% of this cohort, women struggle for legitimacy, experiencing higher rates of antidepressant prescriptions and mental health referrals.

“Brave Men” and “Emotional Women”: A Theory-Guided Literature Review on Gender Bias in Health Care and Gendered Norms towards Patients with Chronic Pain

Menopause

Women of all ages have conveyed shared personal experiences of insufficient education and have faced a healthcare system that lacks adequate training on menopause.

“Women’s knowledge and attitudes to the menopause: a comparison of women over 40 who were in the perimenopause, post menopause and those not in the peri or post menopause”
Medical Research

Research has been catered towards the male physiology, with women being underrepresented in clinical trials. This has resulted in a lack of research on women’s health issues, and inequities in healthcare provision.

“Sex Inequalities in Medical Research: A Systematic Scoping Review of the Literature”
Heart Disease

Women are at a high risk of poor prognosis and are more than twice as likely to die after a heart attack than men according to research presented at Heart Failure 2023, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology

“Women more likely to die after heart attack than men”

Access to Contraception

Almost 20% of women in rural and remote areas of the state have experienced a barrier to accessing contraception, such as a lack of availability, affordability or privacy.

Family Planning NSW. (2019). Contraceptive Access Barriers in Rural and Remote NSW: Findings and Recommendations

Biometric Monitoring

Gender bias exists within the wearables ecosphere due to assumptions inherent in the design and algorithmic collection of data.

The FemTech paradox: How workplace monitoring threatens women’s equity

Past speakers

Angela Hehir

Program Manager Women's Health Program, George Institute for Global Health

Vinayak Smith

Head of New Ventures, Virtus Health

Kate Munnings

CEO, Virtus Health

Dina Titkova

Senior Manager MedTech & Portfolio, UNSW Founders

Anoushka Gungadin

Director Of Strategic Partnerships ANZ, HeraMED

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