The Cartwright Inquiry

The Cartwright Inquiry and subsequent report and
recommendations had an enormous influence on the
early years of the AWHC and left an indelible mark
on the
health landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Code of Consumers' Rights

You have rights as a patient and health and disability services consumer, rights that
are set out in the
Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.


A crucial part of the work we do at Auckland Women’s Health Council
involves participating in consultations on various health issues that
impact women and their families. We make regular written
and oral submissions on a wide range of topics.


The Auckland Women’s Health Council publishes a bi-monthly
newsletter known for its in-depth research and hard-hitting
reporting of women’s health issues.

The Auckland Women’s Health Council is a voluntary organisation of individual women and women’s groups who have an interest in and commitment to women’s health issues. The organisation was formed in 1988 to provide a voice on women’s health issues in the Auckland region.

The Council has a special interest in patient rights, informed consent and decision-making in health care, health consumer advocacy, the Code of Health Consumers’ Rights, the National Cervical Screening Programme, and ethics – issues that were highlighted during the Inquiry into the treatment of cervical cancer at National Women’s Hospital in 1987-88 and in the recommendations contained in the report known as the Cartwright Report.

Our Philosophy

The Auckland Women’s Health Council is a feminist organisation. We believe:

  • Women users of health services have the right to make informed decisions regarding their own health care and treatment
  • Women have the right to the information necessary to enable them to make informed decisions
  • Health care must be accessible, affordable and available as well as culturally appropriate and acceptable to women
  • Consumer participation on all decision-making processes for health care services is essential.


All women in Auckland have agency over their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and are fully informed of health services available and have access to them, particularly Māori women.


To provide an independent feminist voice focused on women’s/family health and health services in Auckland.



Women in Auckland have the right to make informed decisions regarding their own health care and treatment. 

  • Women in Auckland participate in all decision-making processes for health care services.
  • Women in Auckland have accessible, affordable, available, and accountable health care services.
  • Ensuring the work of the Council continues to be sustainable and to grow.

Our Community

Our Supporters

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Auckland Women’s Health Council is immensely grateful to Business Website Group, who built our website at next to no cost. BWG is also sponsoring the website hosting and providing ongoing technical support

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Auckland Women’s Health Council also acknowledges and thanks our funders, Lottery Community and COGS. Without their ongoing funding and support we would not be able to continue our work.