News and Events

Medical Termination of Pregnancy information evening

Women’s Health West, in conjunction with Women’s Health in the North, The Royal Women’s Hospital and the North West Melbourne Primary Health Network, are hosting an information evening on Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTOP).

The session is for GPs, pharmacists and nurses.

It will provide an overview of the training requirements for providing medical termination of pregnancy. It will also include an update on MTOP procedures, practice experiences, and support and referral pathways for GPs who provide MTOP.

The event will be facilitated by Dr. Paddy Moore from The Royal Women’s Hospital.

A flyer for the event can be viewed here.

Registration is free.

Visit the Primary Health Network website for more information or to book your place.

New funding secured to deliver whole-of-family support

We are delighted to announce that we have secured funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to provide a new innovative service, called ‘Keeping Safe Together’. The program will provide intensive therapeutic support for women, children and their families experiencing family violence. The program will be co-led with Lifeworks, and a number of other agencies, including the Bouverie Centre.

Keeping Safe Together is a Victorian – if not an Australian – first, in that it will provide support for whole families wanting to stay safe and live a life free from violence: currently a gap in available services. This new evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach will focus on the specific individual support needs of each member of the family, including men who use violence.

Keeping Safe Together will aim to deliver services on a flexible basis, including outside of business hours; a vital way of increasing access to the services, and engaging with a diverse range of families.

Keeping Safe Together will initially be delivered as a pilot program in both Melton and Wyndham, and will be implemented through collaboration with a range of service providers across Melbourne’s western region.

We have listened to the voices of women who want assistance for not only themselves, but for their children, and their partners or ex-partners. We are pleased that we will finally be able to offer a holistic and intensive program, which will work to ensure that women and their families can live safe and healthy lives in Melbourne’s west.

Keep an eye on our website for information about the program as it develops:  including eligibility guidelines and timeframes for referrals being accepted into this new program.

We are currently recruiting a project manager for this new program – visit our ‘Work with Us’ page to find out more.

Family Violence Community Information Sessions

The Women’s Health West family violence team is running a series of community information sessions for service providers and community members in Melbourne’s western region, who are wanting to find out more about our family violence services.
Sessions are free and will take place bimonthly at our Footscray office (317-319 Barkly Street).
Please note that these sessions are filling fast, so please RSVP to avoid disappointment.
For more information or to RSVP contact Sarah on sarahp@whwest.org.au or phone (03) 9689 9588.

Consultant sought for integrated health promotion planning

Women’s Health West are seeking a consultant to design and deliver a consultation process. The process will inform the development of Women’s Health West’s four year integrated health promotion (IHP) plan 2017- 2021.

Consultation will be undertaken with communities of interest and will include the design, delivery and analysis of a survey and three workshops.

Read the consultancy brief here (.pdf file). 

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 5 May 2017. Have a look through the brief, forward to your contacts, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

Notification of our AGM

Women’s Health West’s Annual General Meeting is to be held Wednesday 16 November, 2016 at 4.00pm (for 4.30pm start).

 Location: Footscray Community Arts Centre, Performance Space and Foyer, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray


The annual general meeting of Women’s Health West Inc will be held on Wednesday 16 November 2016 from 4.00pm at Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray.

The annual general meeting will receive previous minutes and reports and conduct the election of board directors.

Section 9.2 of the constitution provides for up to nine positions on the board.  This year, there will be three directors nominating for re-election, two directors nominating as co-opted members and three continuing directors. No vacancies have been declared.

Those board directors re-nominating or whose term continues for another year are:

  • Lara Rafferty (continuing)
  • Samantha Merrigan (re-nominating)
  • Catherine Harding (re-nominating)
  • Nicola Rabot (re-nominating)
  • Maria Di Gregorio (continuing)
  • Mimmie Ngum Chi Watts (continuing)
  • Leharna Black (nominating as a co-opted member)
  • Elaine Montegriffo (nominating as a co-opted member)

Expression of interest from eligible members for positions on the board is welcomed.

Information to support your expression of interest is attached.  For further information please see the Women’s Health West website at www.whwest.org.au or contact Sam Merrigan via Women’s Health West on 9689 9588.

If you are unsure of your membership status please contact Gert Geyer on 9689 9588 or gert@whwest.org.au

Get your free tickets to our AGM and Annual Conversation.

Download the agm_invite_2016