New prevention funding for women’s health organisations

The Victorian government yesterday announced important new funding of $3.8 million over four years for the women’s health sector, to enhance our work in primary prevention.

L-R: WHW CEO Dr Robyn Gregory, Minister Natalie Hutchins, WDV director Keran Howe

Women’s Health West welcomed the announcement, made by Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence, Natalie Hutchins. The funding will be a vital boost, enabling women’s health organisations to work with local and regional partners to enhance the work we do to prevent violence against women before it occurs.

The funding includes an initial grant of $100,000 to each of the 12 women’s health services across Victoria (which includes Women’s Health West). The grant will build the workforce capacity of regional partners to prevent violence against women.

We were also delighted at an additional announcement of $1.48 million of funding over four years for Women with Disabilities Victoria, for prevention of violence work and for supporting them to better understand what drives this violence.

The funding will support the implementation of the Victorian government’s ‘Free from violence: First action plan 2018-2021‘ (pdf), which was also launched today. The action plan outlines how the government will progress phase one of Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women.

Further information on the announcements is available via the Women’s Health Association of Victoria media release.