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.
Preventing Violence Together is the first collaboratively-developed, regional, primary prevention action plan of its type to prevent violence against women. The vision is for communities, cultures and organisations in the western region that are non-violent, non-discriminatory, gender equitable and promote respectful relationships.
The plan outlines 39 actions that respond to the determinants of violence against women – that is, the factors that cause men to commit violence against women in the first place.
‘This award is a testament to the commitment of our many partners to change the conditions that cause violence against women in our community,’ said Dr Robyn Gregory, CEO of Women’s Health West.
‘We are very proud of the coordination work conducted by our talented health promotion workers Erin Richardson and Ellen Kleimaker, but we couldn’t do it without our local partners* who understand the long term dedication required.
‘There is much evidence of the significant economic gains that will result from concerted support of primary prevention – it makes for excellent fiscal management of the long term health budget and will significantly reduce the costs associated with family violence, such as homelessness and lost days of employment.
‘However, it takes courage and political will for a government to invest in measures that, while they have demonstrated long term benefits, are unlikely to realise those benefits within an election cycle; particularly when the electorate has been primed to measure health by the length of hospital waiting lists rather than the health, safety and wellbeing of the community.
*Doutta Galla Community Health Service, Djerriwarrh Community Health Service, ISIS Primary Care, Western Region Health Centre, Brimbank City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Melbourne City Council, Melton Shire Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Wyndham City Council, HealthWest Partnership, Inner North West Primary Care Partnership, Western Integrated Family Violence Committee, The Gathering Place
About the award
Women’s Health West was one of eight Victorian organisations to have been formally recognised as the state’s champions of promoting good health and wellbeing for Victorians. Winners of the Victorian Health Promotion Awards were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne last night by His Excellency the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria.
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