This progress report, which is the second completed by the Action for Equity partnership, provides an overview of work undertaken by partners since Action for Equity was launched in late October 2013 until 31 October 2014, as well as the second reporting period which was from 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015. The progress report also contributes to the process evaluation of Action for Equity. During the reporting period of 1 November 2014 to the 31 October 2015, twelve of the fifteen partners contributed to data included in this report, which reflects both independent and collaborative partnership initiatives.
This report demonstrated the formalised partnerships between fifteen organisations in the west that include women’s and community health, local government, a primary health network, ethnic-specific services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and specialist statewide services, which is embedded via a formal governance structure. There have been 12 new sexual and reproductive health promotion programs and initiatives implemented as part of Action for Equity during 2014 and 2015. Programs work with people with a disability, Aboriginal communities, women in prison, and other marginalised communities. Programs have demonstrated an increase sexual and reproductive health literacy among communities in the west, while training delivered has demonstrated an increase among the western region workforce in their understandings of sexual and reproductive health promotion and clinical practice.
This report is structured to align with Action for Equity, the four-year plan for promoting sexual and reproductive health in Melbourne’s west, and details the partnership’s progress and achievements against the plan’s objectives.