Health. WEL affirms the principle of a universal, high quality health system for all Australians, that provides equal access to a full range of hospital, medical, primary care and reproductive health services, and opposes the transfer of public money to support private health insurance and elite health systems. See WEL National Policies for information on WEL’s policy on Health services.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ standards define general practice as the provision of primary continuing, comprehensive, whole-patient medical care to individuals, families and their communities. Individuals who have concerns about their medical practitioner may complain to the Medical Registration Board or the Health Complaints Commissioner in their state or territory. It is important for women to ensure that they have Pap Smears and other regular checks.
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News Flash: Pope Benedict XVI has said that condoms use can be justified in some cases to help stop the spread of AIDS, the Vatican’s first exception to a long-held policy banning contraceptives.
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WEL Victoria is a member of Gender Equity Victoria, a group dedicated to Victorian women’s health and freedom from domestic violence. See more information and their newsletter at www.genvic.org.au.