In late April, the second iteration of our regional sexual and reproductive health strategy for Melbourne’s west, Action for Equity, was launched by the Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy MP.
People, and in particular women, in the western region of Melbourne have poorer sexual and reproductive health outcomes when compared to other regions in Victoria. This is particularly the case in relation to sexually transmitted infections, teenage fertility, and cervical screening rates. Despite this, and our rapid population growth out west, our region still lacks a dedicated sexual health clinical service.
Earlier this year we embarked on a mission to shine a light on the work we do here at Women’s Health West. We are often so busy there isn’t much time to reflect or step back, but that was just what we did in the process of putting together these two short films.
Celebrating Victorian Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
This year, Victoria celebrates 40 years of women’s led women’s health services.
Over the past four decades, we’ve seen abortion legalised, sexual harassment outlawed, an Australia-first Royal Commission into Family Violence, and Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy. Victorian women’s health services have been there every step of the way, championing women’s health, safety and wellbeing.
To recognise this milestone, Women’s Health West is proud to participate in the 40 Years Strong social media campaign celebrating the contribution of women’s led women’s health services in Victoria.
Women’s Health West’s annual general meeting was held on Wednesday 29 November 2017 at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
The event was a great success, and saw our members and community gather to hear Women’s Health West’s highlights of 2016-17, and to vote on important constitutional changes, which were all passed.
One of these changes reflected our commitment to being inclusive of all genders. Members passed a change to our constitution to include an additional definition being inserted as follows: ‘The words “woman” or “women” are inclusive of females, or people who identify as female’. A small but important change.
Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background?
Do you work in a mainstream organisation?
If so, we would love to hear from you.
Women’s Health West is conducting a survey about ‘Experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Working in Mainstream Organisations’, which is part of our Reconciliation Action Plan’s employment and retention strategy.