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Two health promotion worker vacancies

Full time senior health promotion worker and part time health promotion worker (3 days per week)

Are you dynamic, collaborative and passionate about preventing violence against women?

We seek two women who are strategic thinkers, with a flair for networking, and who have knowledge of and/or experience in prevention of violence against women.


WHW signs global statement on climate and health

So can you.

The recent global climate change summit in Doha produced a declaration calling for the protection and promotion of health to be made the one of the central priorities of global and national policy responses to climate change.

While it isn’t specific to women, it does call for more inclusive consultation and lists women as one of the groups that need to be included – and there was a ‘gender day’ at the summit to provide further traction to this end.

Women are more vulnerable to the impacts of rising prices, to heatwave impacts, to increasing violence after disasters, and that women currently are largely absent from high level decision making about responses to climate change.

The declaration calls for:

  1. The health impacts of climate change to be taken into account domestically and globally
  2. Investment in climate mitigation and adaptation to be significantly increased on a rapid timescale
  3. The health sector and the community to be engaged and informed on climate action

You can sign here as an organisation or as an individual: Doha Declaration on Climate, Health and Wellbeing

How to change the world

Become a human rights change maker!

Our Community, Our Rights offers practical training for women from Burma on human rights, making change and Australian democracy. It will be fun, interactive and enable you to make change in your world.

We need to know what’s important to you to plan the best training, so during January and February 2013 we’ll be asking women from Burma who are living, working or studying in Melbourne’s west about:

  • Your experiences
  • What you want to change
  • Skills you need to do this
  • How you like to learn

Want to share your thoughts?

Interested in joining the discussion?

Want to get involved?

Please contact Shifrah Blustein on 9689 9588 or email shifrah@whwest.org.au


Caught between two cultures

A sexual and reproductive health program for young African women

Women’s Health West runs a family and reproductive rights education program (FARREP) designed to prevent female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and enhance service provision to women already affected by the practice.

This includes community education sessions designed for mothers and pregnant women who have migrated from African countries that practice FGM/C. The sessions focus on sexual and reproductive health and other women’s health concerns.


Action plan to prevent violence against women wins accolade

Health Minister David Davis presented Women’s Health West and consortium with the prestigious VicHealth award for the western region action plan to prevent violence against women last night

Preventing Violence Together: Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women was named the best project in the Building health through community and local government category in the 25th Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards.

Women’s Health West is the lead agency for the prevention of violence against women in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.