A top medical doctor is poised to become WA’s top women’s health advocate after he was appointed to the WA Health and Wellness Council’s Health, Wellness and Advocacy Team.
Dr Richard Hogg, a GP who has been on the team since 2016, will lead the WA’s women’s team and serve as a voice for men’s issues.
He has also been a vocal advocate for the fight against domestic violence, sexual assault and suicide in WA, as well as being a regular contributor to the Women’s Health Box.
Dr Hogg will be joined by senior advisor Dr Kate Kelly, who is also a GP and a clinical research fellow at the University of WA, and former vice-president of the WA Medical Association.
They are expected to deliver a report on WA’s men’s mental health issues at a meeting this week.
The team’s first meeting was held in January and has been attended by over 1,000 members of the public, including many of WA’s state and territory premiers.
Mr Hogg said the WA Women’s team would be “a powerful voice for women’s rights” and would be a “game changer” in WA.
“We’re talking about a state which is the most unequal state in the country and where the majority of men are in prison,” he said.
“It’s a state that doesn’t have a single male doctor or a single female GP and the most recent figures show that nearly a third of men have a mental health problem and one in four women have one.”
Mr Hog said the team’s focus would be on women’s issues such as mental health, mental health services, alcohol and drug misuse, domestic violence and domestic violence prevention.
“That’s a lot of work to do,” he added.
“So this is going to be the first major opportunity to get some of those issues right.”
Dr Kelly said the role would be an “interesting challenge”.
“It will give a voice to a group of people who may not normally get that voice, to people who are really marginalized or don’t fit in the mainstream of the state,” she said.
The WA Women Health Team will be chaired by Dr Kate, who will also chair the WA Department of Women’s, Family and Community Services and the WA Rural Health Team.
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