Annual General Meeting 2016


Women’s Health West’s AGM and Annual Conversation took place on Wednesday, 16 November at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

We discussed the topic:

“Advocating for gender equity creates positive social change for women and trans and gender diverse communities”.

The short video from the event below showcases some highlights, and the full event will be posted as a longer video shortly – stay tuned. Thanks to all who came for making it such a successful event.

2016’s speakers

Rowena Allen, Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality


Ro Allen is an effective, experienced and longstanding advocate for LGBTI Victorians and has held leadership positions in the community and government sectors. Ro has been a member of three Victorian Government LGBTI ministerial advisory groups and chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTI Health and Wellbeing between 2007 and 2009. As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ro established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people, giving Ro a particular understanding of the issues faced in rural and regional areas. Ro is a former Chair of the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, the Victorian Skills Commission, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC), and former member of the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee. Ro has been recognised for her community service: in 2003 she received a Centenary Medal and in 2009 she was inducted into the Victorian Government Honour Roll for Women.

Sally Goldner, Transgender Victoria Executive Director


Sally Goldner’s involvement in Victoria’s queer community of eighteen years includes Transgender Victoria (now Executive Director), presenter of 3 CR’s “Out of the Pan” and Treasurer of Bisexual Alliance Victoria. She is the focus of an autobiographical documentary “Sally’s Story” and a life member of Seahorse Club of Victoria, Zoe Belle Gender Collective, Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Polyvic. She was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2016, awarded LGBTI Victorian of the Year in 2015, noted in The Age’s Top 100 most creative and influential people in Melbourne in 2011 and awarded Activist of the Year at the 2010 ALSO Awards. She is an educator, speaker, MC and occasional performer (all in contrast to her original accountancy training) …and watch this space for more to come!

Mellem Rose, Bi-Alliance Victoria Vice President


Mellem Rose is the Vice President of Bisexual Alliance Victoria, former section leader of the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus (current chorister), and member of Transgender Victoria; with a long history of community work, advocacy, and activism in the areas of LGBTIQA+, disability, mental illness, and gender equity. Mel feels passionately about giving back to community, and has done so by volunteering within community organisations for over 15 years. From early works with their parents at the Lions Club of Ascot Vale, 4 years of working with children and adults with disabilities at Interchange Western, to their current position on the Moonee Valley Council LGBTIQ Working Group, and Victorian Governments LGBTIQ Family Violence Working Group.

Jami Jones, Rainbow Network Coordinator


Jami has over 10 years’ experience in community development research and practice, working mostly with young people and their communities in the areas of social change and human rights. Jami worked in local government youth services for eight years working with, and on behalf of LGBTI young people in the Geelong area. In her current role as the coordinator of the Rainbow Network she provides training, resources and advocacy to support people who work with young people to provide safe and inclusive services and spaces for LGBTI young people.