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Our 2017 AGM annual conversation: in video

Women’s Health West’s annual general meeting was held on Wednesday 29 November 2017 at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

The event was a great success, and saw our members and community gather to hear Women’s Health West’s highlights of 2016-17, and to vote on important constitutional changes, which were all passed.

One of these changes reflected our commitment to being inclusive of all genders. Members passed a change to our constitution to include an additional definition being inserted as follows: ‘The words “woman” or “women” are inclusive of females, or people who identify as female’. A small but important change.

Following official AGM business, we moved onto the annual conversation element, which featured:

  • Carly Findlay, writer, speaker and activist
  • Jax Jacki Brown, disability and LGBTI activist
  • Leah Van Poppel, manager of the Youth Disability Advocacy Service
  • Keran Howe, executive director of Women with Disabilities Victoria, as chair.

The speakers discussed the topic ‘why be happy when you could be normal? Perspectives on feminism and disability’.

A full video of the AGM conversation can be viewed here (with captions), or catch the highlights below.

Understanding experiences of Aboriginal people working in mainstream organisations

Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background?

Do you work in a mainstream organisation?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Women’s Health West is conducting a survey about ‘Experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Working in Mainstream Organisations’, which is part of our Reconciliation Action Plan’s employment and retention strategy.

The information obtained will be used to develop a resource that Women’s Health West and other mainstream organisations can use to understand and improve the experiences and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander employees working in mainstream organisations.

The survey will take about 15-20 minutes and is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QBMRQ3J

By completing this survey, you can go into a draw to win a $100 Coles Group gift card. This survey is completely anonymous, unless you opt to enter the prize draw. The survey will close on Friday 30 March 2018.

Thank you for your time in completing this survey and sharing your valuable responses.

Please share the survey with any colleagues or networks who are able to contribute.

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16 Days Activist Challenge and activist meet-up event happening soon

People who live, work or study in Melbourne’s west are pledging to help end violence against women as part of the annual 16 Days Activist Challenge.

The 16 Days Activist Challenge is a local campaign that takes place during the global 16 Days of Activism, which runs between 25 November and 10 December annually.

The challenge is initiated by Women’s Health West, as part of their role as lead agency in the Preventing Violence Together partnership.

The campaign encourages people from across Melbourne’s west to pledge to undertake a different action every day to promote gender equality, learn about violence against women, and educate others about the problem.

The actions are designed to be achievable, thought-provoking, practical and fun; and are pitched at different levels depending on the amount of time and effort activists are able to commit.

Women’s Health West will be posting one action on social media for every day of the challenge. It is quick and easy to register for the challenge at http://16daysactivist.whwest.org.au.

Kick off the 16 Days Activist Challenge with a free film screening of Justice League

We are very excited to kickstart this year’s 16 Days Activist Challenge by inviting all participating activists to a free screening of the much anticipated DC Comics film, Justice League.

Come along for the opportunity to meet other activists while also casting a critical eye on the film. We’ll be asking activists to view the film looking for gender bias, which is Challenge #5 in the 16 Days Activist Challenge.

One of the ways we’ll be analysing the film is by using The Bechdel Test, which draws attention to gender bias and sexism in film. Following the screening our host, comedian Nelly Thomas, will invite a few 16 Days Activists to share their thoughts.

Everyone who is registered for the 16 Days Activist Challenge is welcome to come along and bring a friend – you just need to RSVP. Be quick though – space is limited!


Free MTOP professional development workshop for GPs and pharmacists

Women’s Health West, in conjunction with The Royal Women’s Hospital and the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, would like to invite GPs and pharmacists to attend a free professional development workshop on medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP) on the 13th of November.

The event will be held at Pelicans Landing in Williamstown, includes a complimentary dinner and is approved for four category two CDP points.

Please RSVP by Thursday the 9th November. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Primary Health Network website.