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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

International women’s day celebration

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This international women’s day was a celebration of women, partnerships, local talent and energy.

We announced the winner of the photo competition, one Andrea Sparks who described the juggling act of being a single mum and explained the ways she depicted her life in her image.

Councillor Sarah Carter was appointed Maribyrnong Council’s inaugural gender equity ambassador.

We started with a haunting performance by the wonderful singer-songwriter Lucy Wilson.

The mood moved from thoughtful to frenetic when Jungle City and Legacy started their fantastic formation dance routines, Massive Collective sang soulful harmonies and Ee’da raised goosebumps with her poetry put to music.

Enormous thanks to everyone who submitted photos, the wild and wonderful performers and everyone who joined in the hilarity.

Til next year:

Happy international women’s day!

The equity and justice for women in the west photo exhibition will be at Phoenix Youth Centre (72 Buckley Street, Footscray) until 26 March 2013 and then at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre (210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) from 2-30 April 2013. Come and find out what equity and justice means to us.

Save the date!

Come and celebrate international women’s day on Friday 8 March from 4.30 – 6.30pm

  • Equity and justice photography exhibition launch
  • Hip hop dance crew Jungle City
  • Acoustic performer Lucy Wilson
  • Bollywood dancer Ee’da
  • Dance group Legacy
  • Hip hop outfit Massive Collective

Plus afternoon tea and fantastic door prizes!

Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray

Organised by Women’s Health West, Phoenix Youth Centre, Maribyrnong City Council and Brimbank City Council

Photo comp: women working in male-dominated industries

Krystal is working on site wiring in an oven, a clear example that a women can work as an electrician in a male dominated industry.


What does equity and justice for women in the west of Melbourne mean to you?

We’re running a photo competition for international women’s day, read more about it here and send your photo to comms@whwest.org.au before 5pm TODAY! for a chance to win an ipad.