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New program for Aboriginal women’s health and wellbeing

Women’s Health West and cohealth are launching a new program called Tiddas Leading the Way, a health and wellbeing program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women. (more…)

Act to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women Launch

Women’s Health West, along with plenty of help from our partners, launched a resource about the prevention of violence against women at the Newport Substation in June.

‘Act To Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women: a Guide for Community Action’ aims to support community groups in Melbourne’s west to take action to prevent men’s violence against women.

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Women’s Health West’s year to date

Women’s Health West have compiled some key statistics and information about our year to date.

The flyer provides a snapshot of the demand on our services, and some of the challenges and successes we’ve had so far this financial year. The information covers the period 1 July 2016 – 30 April 2017.

These include:

  • We received 9,297 police family violence referrals.
  • We supported 1,073 women at court, and provided 243 children with counselling support.
  • We have experienced a significant decrease in ongoing recurrent family violence funding relative to non-recurrent funding in recent years, which impacts significantly on our ability to offer staff permanent contracts and sustainably plan for growth.

The flyer can be downloaded here.

Action for Equity strategy launched

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.

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Women’s Health West on film

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.

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