“For generations, women have lived with a health and care system that is mostly designed by men, for men. This has meant that not enough is known about conditions that only affect women, or about how conditions that affect both men and women impact women in different ways.” The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Thankfully, things are set to change, with the government developing England’s first Women’s Health Strategy, to ensure women’s voices are heard and to put them at the centre of their own care.
By responding to the government’s call for evidence, both therapists and clients not only get to share their personal experiences, they can also explain first-hand how complementary therapy can be used to support various health issues that affect women – from menstrual problems, pregnancy and menopause, to painful joints and muscles, and mental health issues.
With a section of the survey also dedicated to ‘Research, evidence and data’, it’s also an ideal opportunity to demand more research is carried out in CAM and women’s health, as this is an area sorely neglected by the government, despite the urgent need to take pressure off our health and social care system.
Get your voice heard
You and your clients can either take part in a short public survey or send in a written submission as part of the government’s consultation process (please note respondents must be over the age of 16 and live in England).
The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 30 May 2021.