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Job vacancy: FARREP Community Worker

19 hours per week – 12 month contract (maternity leave)

We seek a skilled professional to work as part of a small team to deliver the Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP).

The worker will be responsible for improving the sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of women from communities who practice female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and work with communities to prevent the practice.

We seek a woman who has experience facilitating groups with community women and an understanding of the social and cultural context of FGM/C.

Remuneration in accordance with the WHW Enterprise Agreement 2010, based on qualifications and experience. Salary packaging is available.

Position description available here

Only applications that address the key selection criteria will be considered.

For further information ring 9689 9588

Closing date: Friday 21 June 2013

Calling out for help

What it’s like in refuge

Women’s Health West provides shelter for women and their children escaping family violence when it’s not safe for them to live in their own home. These are the words of Joyce who stayed with us recently.

It was a blessing to be in the hands of such a loving, caring, courageous, compassionate, respectful, understanding organisation. From my point of view, they are in an important role of empowering both women and children who have been living in family violence. It is an individual woman’s responsibility to call out for help once they have experienced some form of violence because it is not acceptable to live in violence.


Planning for participation

As a feminist organisation, Women’s Health West (WHW) works to increase women’s civic participation. We believe that participation in decisions that affect women’s lives is a right, not a privilege, so we facilitate that participation to increase women’s influence on outcomes and decisions. Importantly, WHW recognises that women are the experts in their lives and we value their voices, knowledge and experience.

Women’s right to, and realisation of, full social, political and economic participation is an integral element of gender equity. WHW needs local women to be involved so we have begun to develop an organisational client and community participation strategy designed to increase women’s meaningful participation in the service.


Equity and justice in five steps

The theme of equity and social justice cuts across everything we do at Women’s Health West – from decisions made in the board room to how we deliver services, plan our programs and set our budget. In 2012, we reviewed and updated our strategic plan. We refined our goals while the vision set by the board of directors, staff, funders and our communities of interest remained unchanged – equity and justice for women in the west.

The extensive consultation process and environmental scanning confirmed that, despite our best efforts, our ambitious vision remains out of reach. For example, last year we faced statewide cuts to health promotion funding and increasing demands on already stretched family violence services. Pleasingly though, we saw progress in the form of an equal remuneration order designed to increase pay rates for social and community sector workers, and the adoption of a state action plan to address violence against women and children.


Job vacancy

Women’s Health Promotion Worker

Full time – 12 months fixed term

Women’s Health West seeks a skilled professional with a sound understanding of women’s health policy and experience in health promotion to build on the expertise that exists within our dynamic, multi-disciplinary team.

Are you consultative, team focused, with experience in policy analysis and excellent written communication skills? A tertiary qualification and experience in health promotion, social work, community development, gender studies and/or a social policy discipline is required.

Remunerated under the Women’s Health West Enterprise Agreement at classification 3C. Salary packaging available.

Download position description Project Worker_Policy and Development

For further information call: 03 9689 9588

Applications to the Health Promotion Coordinator, Women’s Health West, 317-319 Barkly Street, Footscray 3011 or email Elly Taylor Health Promotion Coordinator.

Closing date: Friday 26 April