Australian Left Review

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The Body in Question


Dorothy Broom


In June 1990 the ACT Minister for Health announced that joint Commonwealth/Territory funding had been granted to establish a community-based women's health centre in Canberra. The very next month, Dr Alex Proudfoot (an adviser in the Commonwealth Department of Health, Housing and Community Services) filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission alleging that special women's health services are discriminatory under the Sex Discrimination Act because men cannot access them; there are no comparable services for men; men's health is worse than women's, and the services address problems that are not unique to women.