News and Events

There’s no better time to donate to Women’s Health West

The end of the financial year is upon us!

There is surely no better time than the present to make a donation to Women’s Health West, and support the work we do to ensure women in the west live safe and health lives.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible, and the funds we receive are vital for supporting the positive impact our work has in the community.

In the financial year 2015-16, we:

  • Supported 4,965 women who were experiencing family violence through one off telephone and face-to-face support.
  • Provided 57 women and 74 children with crisis accommodation and support to recover from family violence
  • Provided a crisis response to 146 women, and intensive case management to 37 women.

Donations we receive also support the programs we undertake to improve the health and wellbeing of women in our community.

This includes our Sunrise social groups for isolated women who are living with disabilities, Lead On Again, our leadership development program for local young women, the respectful relationships education we deliver in schools, and financial literacy courses for culturally and linguistically diverse women.

Year on year, demand for our services grows. We received 10,545 family violence police referrals in 2015-16, a 29% increase on the year before.

Show your support. Make a donation today and support Women’s Health West to achieve equity and justice for women in the west.



Funding to Deliver family violence group work: Applications open

Women’s Health West, on behalf of the Western Integrated Family Violence Partnership, are currently inviting group work funding applications from local community groups and services providers.

The funding is for the delivery of family violence support and recovery groups to women and/or children in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.

The objectives of the group work model

Are to:

  • Support the recovery of women and children who have experienced family violence
  • Foster collaborative partnerships between agencies in the western metro region
  • Increase access to group work for diverse groups of women and children including culturally and linguistically diverse women and children, Aboriginal women and children, and women and children with a disability
  • Promote innovative and creative approaches to the provision of group work
  • Promote a flexible response to new and emerging needs for group work support and recovery
The funding would be for one year only, with minimum application of $5000 for the delivery of one group and a maximum of $10,000 for the delivery of two groups per organisation.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, please read the guidelines – and forward your completed application to Women’s Health West at groupwork@whwest.org.au.

For more information

Contact Tess La Fontaine, Manager – Counselling and Case Management, on 9689 9588.
Closing date: 5pm, 21 July 2017.
Agencies advised of outcome: 18 August 2017

Medical Termination of Pregnancy information evening

Women’s Health West, in conjunction with Women’s Health in the North, The Royal Women’s Hospital and the North West Melbourne Primary Health Network, are hosting an information evening on Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTOP).

The session is for GPs, pharmacists and nurses.

It will provide an overview of the training requirements for providing medical termination of pregnancy. It will also include an update on MTOP procedures, practice experiences, and support and referral pathways for GPs who provide MTOP.

The event will be facilitated by Dr. Paddy Moore from The Royal Women’s Hospital.

A flyer for the event can be viewed here.

Registration is free.

Visit the Primary Health Network website for more information or to book your place.

New funding secured to deliver whole-of-family support

We are delighted to announce that we have secured funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to provide a new innovative service, called ‘Keeping Safe Together’. The program will provide intensive therapeutic support for women, children and their families experiencing family violence. The program will be co-led with Lifeworks, and a number of other agencies, including the Bouverie Centre.

Keeping Safe Together is a Victorian – if not an Australian – first, in that it will provide support for whole families wanting to stay safe and live a life free from violence: currently a gap in available services. This new evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach will focus on the specific individual support needs of each member of the family, including men who use violence.

Keeping Safe Together will aim to deliver services on a flexible basis, including outside of business hours; a vital way of increasing access to the services, and engaging with a diverse range of families.

Keeping Safe Together will initially be delivered as a pilot program in both Melton and Wyndham, and will be implemented through collaboration with a range of service providers across Melbourne’s western region.

We have listened to the voices of women who want assistance for not only themselves, but for their children, and their partners or ex-partners. We are pleased that we will finally be able to offer a holistic and intensive program, which will work to ensure that women and their families can live safe and healthy lives in Melbourne’s west.

Keep an eye on our website for information about the program as it develops:  including eligibility guidelines and timeframes for referrals being accepted into this new program.

We are currently recruiting a project manager for this new program – visit our ‘Work with Us’ page to find out more.

Family Violence Community Information Sessions

The Women’s Health West family violence team is running a series of community information sessions for service providers and community members in Melbourne’s western region, who are wanting to find out more about our family violence services.
Sessions are free and will take place bimonthly at our Footscray office (317-319 Barkly Street).
Please note that these sessions are filling fast, so please RSVP to avoid disappointment.
For more information or to RSVP contact Sarah on sarahp@whwest.org.au or phone (03) 9689 9588.