Women's health information for professionals

The Women’s Health Strategy Unit develops and supports population services and programs that improve health outcomes for women in Northern Territory (NT).

The core business of the Women’s Health Strategy Unit is to provide the following:

  • policy development
  • program development
  • health promotion
  • population health program advocacy.


The role of the Women’s Health Strategy Unit is to:

  • identify the issues and needs affecting women in the NT, as well as the determinants of these issues
  • define and develop population health strategies (based on the best available evidence) to address the issues and needs and support their placement in HHS agreements
  • ensure that funding agencies are informed about the health and developmental needs of women in the NT
  • support implementation of the selected strategies by NT service agencies
  • measure, analyse and evaluate the impact in the NT of implemented strategies
  • participate (or lead) national and jurisdictional  development of policies and programs aimed at improving women’s health, including access to services.

The following principles underpin the work of the unit:

  • importance of a systems-based approach
  • commitment to program efficacy and evidence-based practice
  • valuing partnerships
  • supporting community engagement
  • respect for Aboriginal cultural security


The unit is committed to the following projects and strategic plans:

  • leading the implementation of the NT Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy, Safety is Everyone’s Right, across NT Health
  • developing a transgender policy and associated resources for NT Health
  • updating the child and adult sexual assault guidelines and development of NT Health policy
  • providing policy advice in relation to NT abortion law reform.

Termination of pregnancy law reform

The Discussion Paper, Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform; Improving access by Northern Territory women to safe termination of pregnancy services, was released by the Department of Health on 9 December 2016 and submissions closed on the 27 January 2017.

Below is a summary of the key issues arising from consultations on the Discussion Paper.

Below are submissions the department received, with consent to publish:

Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform Bill

The Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform Bill was passed on 21 March 2017. It will commence on 1 July 2017.



Women’s Health Strategy Unit 
GPO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Phone: (08) 8985 8018

Internal mail

Floor 4, Darwin Plaza
Smith Street
Darwin NT 0800

Last updated: 09 March 2017

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