Media releases

Please direct all enquiries to our communications manager on 03 9689 9588 or kelly(at)whwest.org.au.


WHAV Media release: New primary prevention funding for women’s health sector

30 January 2018: Women’s Health Association of Victoria (WHAV) has welcomed the Victorian government’s announcement of $3.8 million over four years for women’s health sector to work with local and regional partners to prevent violence against women.


New program to support whole families to recover from family violence

30 November 2017: A new service has been launched to support families to recover from family violence. The program, called Keeping Safe Together, will see a number of existing support services working together in a new way to fill a gap in supporting families that has historically been unavailable.

Launching today: new strategy to prevent violence against women

15 August 2017: The Preventing Violence Together partnership is today launching its new strategy, Preventing Violence Together 2030: Western Region Strategy to Prevent Violence Against Women.

WHAV looks forward to a Victoria free from family violence

3 May 2017: In response to the government’s announcement of $1.9 billion in funding to end family violence, Victoria’s peak body for women’s health, safety and wellbeing have issued a media release welcoming the investment.

Grant to boost women’s involvement in sport

14 February 2017: Members of the Preventing Violence Together partnership have been successfully awarded a grant to fund the project ‘Women’s participation in sport and recreation in Melbourne’s west: an action plan for change’.


Call to save funding for national homelessness services

8 December 2016: Women’s Health West have signed an open letter calling on the Prime Minister to save key homelessness services from funding cuts.

Refugee and migrant women face barriers to economic participation

16 May 2016: A Women’s Health West report has found that systemic racism, gender roles and inadequate vocational training are key factors limiting the economic participation of refugee and migrant women in Australia.

Royal Commission into Family Violence: Taking action to eliminate family violence

31 March 2016: Women’s Health West has welcomed the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report. We congratulate Premier Daniel Andrews and his government on their commitment to implement all 227 recommendations outlined in the report, and the opposition’s commitment to bi-partisan action.

Action needed: family violence on the rise in Melbourne’s west

20 January 2016: Women’s Health West has seen a 30 per cent increase in family violence referrals from Victoria Police during July to December 2015. This trend looks set to continue in Melbourne’s west in 2016, sparking renewed calls for funding for response and violence prevention initiatives.


A positive path for caring for children affected by family violence 

10 December 2015: Today the Hon Jenny Mikakos MP, Minister for Families and Children launched the new Choosing Positive Paths parenting kit, a resource designed to improve the lives of children affected by family violence.

Funding reprieve brings great relief

25 March 2015: Women’s Health West joins homelessness organisations around the country in expressing relief at the extension of homelessness funding for two more years. The National Partnership Against Homelessness (NPAH) agreement includes a specific focus on women and children experiencing family violence.

Women’s rights are human rights: what are the priorities?

20 February 2015: This international women’s day Women’s Health West will ask how it’s possible to enact your rights in everyday life. You’ll see short films, engage in a lively panel discussion, and enjoy international performances and food. Come at 3.45pm and stay til 6pm on Wednesday 4 March 2015 at VU at MetroWest in Footscray. The event is free of charge.


Women’s Health West pay tribute to a truly influential leader

30 December 2014: News of Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay’s early retirement was met with sadness by women’s health advocates across Victoria. Women’s Health West bid farewell to a real ally in the fight to end violence against women. We extend our deepest support to his wife Christine. ‘Chief Commissioner Lay understood that ending family violence is about changing attitudes and culture, calling out victim blaming and challenging men to speak out,’ said Jacky Tucker, Women’s Health West’s Family Violence Services Manager.

Young people raise $500 to help stop violence against women

12 December 2014: As the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence draws to a close, local secondary school students present family violence service with the proceeds of their White Ribbon fundraising event.
On 25 November, 400 students from Victoria University Secondary College Deer Park Junior Campus attended a lunchtime assembly (organised by the students with Brimbank Youth Services, Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services) to hear, learn and participate in White Ribbon Day 2014.

Youth focussed strategy to prevent violence against women: a respectful relationships education manual

18 November 2014: Women’s Health West will launch the You, Me and Us respectful relationships education project manual on 25 November 2014 at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre… ‘We know that young people are more likely to listen to respectful relationships messages when delivered by someone of a similar age and are more likely to confide in a friend or peer about an experience of violence before services or official channels, which highlights the importance of a peer education model to respectful relationships education,’ stated Dr Gregory.

16 Partners, 16 Actions, 16 Days of Activism

6 November 2014: Violence against women is a serious, prevalent and preventable epidemic that won’t be stopped by one person, one organisation or one action alone; it needs concerted long-term, sustained effort by individuals, communities and organisations. Preventing Violence Together – United is a western region-wide partnership dedicated to doing just that.

Family violence services demand immediate funding to protect women and children

22 July 2014: Latest figures reveal that family violence reports to Women’s Health West have increased by 54 per cent in the last year, while funds have increased only 2 per cent.  ‘This is the most severe spike in demand we have seen in the twenty years we have provided family violence services in the western region,’ said Women’s Health West CEO, Dr Robyn Gregory.

Women’s Health West call for new money in state budget for family violence response and prevention

9 May 2014: Women’s Health West is stunned at the government’s budget response to the overwhelming demand for family violence services here in the western region. “Family violence costs the Victorian economy over $3.4 billion per year. It makes fiscal and moral sense to move family violence up the budget priority list,” said Women’s Health West CEO, Dr Robyn Gregory.

International women’s day: an occasion to celebrate

12 February 2014: This international women’s day local women and girls will gather to celebrate young women’s achievements while raising funds for women’s health. Food, dance, music and laughter followed by a film on the resilience of young women from around the world.


Week without violence

11 October 2013: Imagine a week without violence – this year, Week Without Violence is from 14 – 20 October… Women’s Health West, in partnership with 15 organisations in the western region, is working to create workplaces, cultures and communities that are gender equitable and free from violence.

Launch: A plan to improve sexual and reproductive health

1 October 2013: Action for Equity: A Sexual and Reproductive Plan for Melbourne’s West 2013-2017 is based on four years of work by the Western Region Sexual and Reproductive Health partnership. ‘The plan is a great example of organisations working collaboratively to improve sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of the entire region,’ said Dr Gregory.

Gender pay gap doesn’t make cents

3 September 2013: On average Australian women earn 83 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Equal Pay Day is marked on the last extra day women would need to work after the end of the financial year to earn the same as men, which is 64 extra days this year.

Healthy relationships DVD launch

20 August 2013: On 23 August 2013, the students at Footscray City Secondary College will launch ‘Relationship Dilemmas, Growing Up’ a new resource designed to help the 11-14 year age group talk about jealousy, rumours, and social media.

Karen community demand an end to door-to-door sales

14 August 2013: Door-to-door retailers are targeting newly-arrived communities in the Wyndham area. Karen women have initiated consumer rights action to stop these high-pressure door-to-door sales tactics that result in debt and distress.

Women’s Health West applaud new sexting law recommendations

31 May 2013: In a report tabled this week, the state parliamentary law reform committee incorporated each of Women’s Health West’s key recommendations regarding sexting. Our prime concern was the need for tailored legislation against the non-consensual distribution of intimate images.

Women’s vision of equity and justice in the west

6 March 2013: This international women’s day local women and girls will gather at Phoenix Youth Centre in Footscray for the launch of Women’s Health West’s photograph exhibition exploring equity and justice for women.


Condemn the practice, not the people

13 December 2012: Women’s Health West would like to commend the Gillard Government on its announcement to implement a raft of measures designed to respond to female genital mutilation (FGM).

Action plan to prevent violence against women wins accolade

6 December 2012: Health Minister David Davis presented Women’s Health West and consortium with the prestigious VicHealth award for the western region action plan to prevent violence against women last night

Little Picassos secure funds to recover from violence

1 November 2012: Children who have experienced family violence now have the opportunity to recover through art thanks to a Commonwealth Bank grant that Women’s Health West received to run Little Picassos – art workshops for creative kids. The therapeutic group will support children aged 5-12 to create art and talk to counsellors about ongoing problems at home or school.

West secures funds to prevent violence against women

18 October 2012: Women’s Health West will receive $600,000 over three years to implement United: Working Together to Prevent Violence Against Women in the West – a collaborative plan to embed sustainable, evidence-based strategies for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children within partner agencies and communities. UPDATE: Photo opportunity confirmed. 2pm Monday 22 October, 317-319 Barkly St, Footscray

WHAV Welcomes State Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women and Children

5 October 2012: ‘This plan correctly places equal weight on preventing violence from happening, holding perpetrators to account, and supporting women and children who experience violence’, WHAV Convenor Dr Robyn Gregory said.

Local government can keep women safe, well and connected

5 October 2012: In the lead up to the 2012 local government elections the Women’s Health Association of Victoria (WHAV) is urging candidates to make a commitment to women’s health, safety and wellbeing in their local government area.

Women’s health not a priority for state government

21 June 2012: A proposed 10 per cent cut to women’s health promotion funding over the next two years will have a devastating effect on Victoria’s primary prevention program.

West wins funds for violence prevention

1 June 2012: Women’s Health West was one of only eleven organisations nationwide to secure funds from the federal government to encourage healthy relationships among young people as a way of reducing violence against women.

Equal pay win for community sector workers!

2 February 2012:  Women’s Health West applaud Fair Work Australia’s decision to pay women fairly for their work in one of the most significant improvements to women’s lives in decades. Women make up 87 percent of the social and community services sector and, under this ruling, their minimum wage rates will increase by 23% – 45% over 8 years from 1 December 2012.


Dance your way to equal pay!

30 August 2011:  Morning commuters will get more than they bargained for on Equal Pay Day this year with a ‘flash mob’ dance extravaganza at Footscray railway station. Women are paid an astonishing 17.2% less than men so, in a shock departure from the traditional black of Melburnian fashion, red-dressed dancers will illustrate how much they are ‘in the red’ on Thursday 1 September at 8.30am.

Undervalued and Underpaid: Women’s Health West Urge State Government to Fund Equal Pay for Women

22 July 2011:  One of the most significant improvements to women’s lives in decades depends on the outcome of next week’s submission to Fair Work Australia by the Baillieu government.

Women’s Health West wins bronze at Australasian Reporting Awards

21 June 2011:  On 9 June 2011, the Australasian Reporting Awards presented Women’s Health West with a prestigious bronze award for our 2009/10 annual report.