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Social workers needed!

We have two new positions to fill.

Family violence outreach workers

34.2 hrs per wk (ongoing position) x 2

The successful applicants will work with a dynamic team of women to provide integrated family violence services to women and children experiencing and escaping family violence in the western metropolitan region. Outreach workers provide information, court support, crisis intervention, and short/medium-term case management support to women and children.

We are looking for a social worker who works from a client-centred, strength-based, feminist approach, has experience in team work and a commitment to the mission and values of Women’s Health West. New social work graduates and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For further information please call Jacky on 9689 9588.

Applications to Manager Family Violence, Women’s Health West, 317-319 Barkly Street, Footscray 3011

Closing Date: 1 February 2013

Position description: Family Violence Outreach Worker

Photo comp: Your entry could be about older women…

What does equity and justice for women in the west of Melbourne mean to you? Take a photo and send it to comms@whwest.org.au before 15 February 2013.

Here’s an example of the sort of thing we’re looking for:

Older women in Melbourne's western suburbs

More of the older residents in Melbourne’s west are women; a gendered approach is essential to support their needs

Photo competition

Women’s Health West invites you to take part in a photo competition to celebrate the lives and diversity of the women who live, work or study in the western region

  • Theme: Equity and justice for women in the west: through women’s eyes
  • Open to Women who live, work or study in the western region of Melbourne
  • Deadline: 15 February 2013
  • Prize: Win an ipad!

You don’t have to be a pro, just take a photo of what represents equity and justice (or inequity and injustice!) in your daily life.

The image could be about the gender pay gap, housing, public transport, employment, education, racism and discrimination, disability, poverty, social isolation, family violence, gendered stereotypes and gender roles or anything that you’ve noticed affecting women in the western region.

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Two health promotion worker vacancies

Full time senior health promotion worker and part time health promotion worker (3 days per week)

Are you dynamic, collaborative and passionate about preventing violence against women?

We seek two women who are strategic thinkers, with a flair for networking, and who have knowledge of and/or experience in prevention of violence against women.

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WHW signs global statement on climate and health

So can you.


The recent global climate change summit in Doha produced a declaration calling for the protection and promotion of health to be made the one of the central priorities of global and national policy responses to climate change.

While it isn’t specific to women, it does call for more inclusive consultation and lists women as one of the groups that need to be included – and there was a ‘gender day’ at the summit to provide further traction to this end.

Women are more vulnerable to the impacts of rising prices, to heatwave impacts, to increasing violence after disasters, and that women currently are largely absent from high level decision making about responses to climate change.

The declaration calls for:

  1. The health impacts of climate change to be taken into account domestically and globally
  2. Investment in climate mitigation and adaptation to be significantly increased on a rapid timescale
  3. The health sector and the community to be engaged and informed on climate action

You can sign here as an organisation or as an individual: Doha Declaration on Climate, Health and Wellbeing