Inquiry into Women's Pain Management

06 February 2024

My question is for the Minister for Health. Last month the Premier and the Minister for Health announced that our government would be getting on with the setting up of an inquiry into women’s pain management this year, with submissions open as of 30 January. This makes good on our government’s $3 million commitment to host this inquiry as part of our broader commitment to making women’s health a greater focus of our health policy. We know that health issues that affect more than 50 per cent of our population are not niche, and they should be something that our health system is able to tackle. When I talk to families in my electorate, accessing health services is a really big deal to them, as is identifying the issues that are causing them pain. My question to the minister is this: what benefits will this inquiry aim to deliver for families in my electorate out in Melbourne’s west?