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An update on what's happening in women's health. The speaker's role as Chair of the Women's Health Council. Lip service to the subject of women's health over the past decade, and some results of that lip service. Frustrations in dealing with the health system. Getting through the transition from talking to doing. Remarks about the Minister of Health. The opportunity for constructive advocacy. The speaker's activities over the past several months in meeting and talking about the health system. The importance of looking at every question through a gender lens. Some salient questions. The motto from Women's college Hospital. The routine experiences of women in Ontario. Managing one's personal health. Health-education programmes. A definition of women's health, adopted in 1994 by the National Academy on Women's Health Medical Education. What the family practitioner needs to address women's health issues. Why women's health is an important issue, and what the Women's Health Council is planning to do about it. Some of the encouraging news from the Ministry of health about priorities for women's health. Some background on the Council, and their mandate, with explication. What can be expected 10 or 20 years from now. Reason to believe that a re-ordered health-care system would be more efficient. A health map, and how it might work. The differences some institutions are trying to make, with examples. Inconsistencies that women experience in access to health care and the quality of care received, with illustrative example. The consequences of that care. The impact of societal pressures on women, which often shows up in the health system. Some health determinants. A second mandate for the Women's Health Council - to advocate for improvements in women's health in Ontario. What that means, and what the Council intends to do. The third part of the mandate - to promote women's health research, identify gaps and disseminate information on current research activities. The need for health-care services for women, and for everyone, to be based on "best practices," and what that means. Moving research forward. The importance of informed choices for care and treatment. Asking the audience to think about ways that their own companies and organisations can join in the effort. Regional meetings in the next few months with the Council. Giving voice to women advocating for their own health. The final item of the mandate - to provide advice to the Minister on the allocation of an annual budget for women's health-care projects. Support for initial advice from the Council to the Minister. Room for partners and co-operative projects with the business and broader community.