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International Women’s Day Update

Unfortunately Women’s Health West has had to postpone the International Women’s Day screening of I AM A GIRL as a result of multiple factors beyond our control.

We are committed to screening the film at some point this year so please watch this space.

We encourage you to support the performance portion of the day which showcases a diverse range of incredibly talented local young women.

7 March 2014
4.30pm – 6.30pm
performances and light supper provided
Visy Cares Hub, 80b Harvester Road, SUNSHINE VIC

 

Planning for Participation at Women’s Health West

Women’s Health West is developing an organisational client and community participation strategy to support meaningful participation for women in Melbourne’s West.

Why?

We believe that women’s right to participate is key to achieving equity and justice.

What does that mean?

Women are the experts in their lives and all women have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives and community.

And yet…

Many women are still left out of these decisions and experience multiple barriers that affect their ability to get involved and influence change.

 intersectionality-barriers-chart

What’s happening now?

Over the next four months we will ask women in the West what types participation are meaningful to them, and what support they would need to get involved.

 

How can women who live, work or study in Melbourne’s West have their say?

  • Join the conversation on facebook from 1 February 2014
  • Tweet your ideas using the #westernwomenparticipate hashtag
  • Follow this link and share your experiences via a short survey
  • Ask us to come out and talk to your community group
  • Get in touch with Kate at Women’s Health West:

Email: kate@whwest.org.au Phone: (03) 9689 9588

 

We can’t wait to hear your stories and ideas for action!

Click here to find out more about our approach to participation at Women’s Health West

 

WANTED: POST GRADUATE STUDENT

To evaluate Action for Equity: A sexual and reproductive health plan for Melbourne’s West 2013-2017 

Women’s Health West is seeking a post-graduate student to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for Action for Equity: A Sexual and Reproductive Health Plan for Melbourne’s West 2013-2017.

We require a student with an interest and some (academic or work) experience in the study and evaluation design in the areas of partnerships, governance, health, health promotion and/or sexual and reproductive health. An interest in the use of network mapping, network and social network analysis in evaluating community, health or government projects is also desirable.

The successful student will gain valuable industry work experience with community, health and government sectors who are committed to action on the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health.

Who are we and what is Action for Equity?

Women’s Health West is the women’s health service for the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.

Our health promotion team leads the implementation of Action for Equity. Action for Equity is a four year sexual and reproductive health promotion plan for Melbourne’s west that incorporates primary prevention initiatives that work to redress the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health in order to achieve health equity.

The plan integrates long-term strategies across a range of settings and sectors to generate and maintain the social and cultural change needed to achieve optimal sexual and reproductive health via strengthened regional partnerships, sharing of resources and knowledge and a common planning framework.

What do we want to know from an evaluation of Action for Equity?

• How effective has the Action for Equity health promotion plan been as a mechanism for furthering the plan’s sexual and reproductive health goal and objectives?

• Has a regional sexual and reproductive health promotion plan increased service and program integration and coordination across Melbourne’s west?

• Has the regional, partnership approach worked well to increase the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of people in the western region of Melbourne?

Key evaluation literature to inform the Action for Equity evaluation

• ‘Partnership evaluation should assess how a partnership fits in the broader political and institutional environment – and its links to power and other strategic decision-makers outside the partnership [via] analysing network structures’

• ‘Partnerships undertake activities that go beyond what can be achieved by their composite organisations alone…each structure, each organisation (or individual) is “only one small piece of the total picture” and broad social goals will only be met by the joining together to create new policy solutions’

• ‘Examining connections (ties) between people, through the use of network mapping provides information on the connections between people, in relations to various purposes (structure)’ (Pope and Lewis 2008).

If you are interested in this opportunity please email a two page proposal outlining how you would evaluate Action for Equity to Trish Hayes: trishh@whwest.org.au and Elly Taylor elly@whwest.org.au by Friday 28 February 2014. For further information please call Trish or Elly on 9689 9588.

Key references

International Women’s Day 2014 – Update

IWD_Breani-3Unfortunately Women’s Health West has had to postpone the International Women’s Day fundraising screening of I AM A GIRL as a result of multiple factors beyond our control.

We are committed to screening the film at some point this year so please watch this space.

We encourage you to support the performance portion of the day which showcases a diverse range of incredibly talented local young women.

7 March 2014
4.30pm – 6.30pm
performances and light supper provided
Visy Cares Hub, 80b Harvester Road, SUNSHINE VIC

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact veronica@whwest.org.au or phone 9689 9588
 

Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review

Share your story with Women’s Health West

The Australian Human Rights Commission is conducting a national review on the prevalence, nature, and consequences of discrimination relating to pregnancy at work and on return to work after parental leave. Women’s Health West know that women are often demoted, forced to resign or receive unfavourable treatment when they become pregnant or when they return to work from parental leave.

Have you had one of the following experiences at work and felt that it was related to your pregnancy or childcare responsibilities:

  • Fired from your job/made redundant
  • Asked to resign
  • Work hours were cut
  • Roles and responsibilities at work were changes without consultation
  • Demoted/transferred to casual work
  • Bullied/received negative comments
  • Missed out on an opportunity for promotion or training
  • Refused request for flexible/part-time work

We are writing a response to the national review and would like to include your stories. We hope to capture the diverse experiences and stories of women in Melbourne’s west, and to make informed recommendations for policy and law reform in Australia. Your contribution to this process through sharing your story in response to one or more of the following questions would be greatly appreciated.

  • What kinds of challenges did you face in the workplace during pregnancy, while on parental leave, and upon returning to work after parental leave?
  • Have you experienced any specific challenges or types of discrimination in the workplace as a birth parent or non-birth parent in a same-sex relationship?
  • What support was available to you in your workplace or externally that helped you to respond to these challenges? What were the gaps in support and options available to take action on discrimination?
  • Did you find support systems responding to pregnancy-related discrimination culturally appropriate?
  • How would you change Australian laws, policy, programs or support systems to improve the experiences in the workplace during pregnancy, while on parental leave, and upon returning to work after parental leave?
  • Is there anything else that you would like to share?

As the submission will be publicly available, please note whether Women’s Health West is able to publish your story or an excerpt of it in the submission, and take care not to include any details that reveal your identity or those of your current or past employer.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, the deadline for submission of stories has passed. Please read the resulting submission here.

Note

If have experienced discrimination and need to make a complaint against your employer, please contact the Australian Human Rights Commission directly at: