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Grampians Community of Practice for the Prevention of Violence against Women

Thursday 3rd March, 2016

A Community of Practice is an effective way for people to share experiences, identify common challenges, solve problems and learn – thereby maximising opportunities to improve evidence-based practice in real time.
The Grampians Community of Practice for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (GCOP-PVAW) is a new initiative of Women’s Health Grampians designed to support people working in the prevention of violence against women space or hold an interest in implementing best practice prevention projects.
The GCOP-PVAW aims to:

  • Assist people to access resources to improve their practice
  • Translate research into relevant and accessible knowledge
  • Facilitate the exchange of skills and knowledge
  • Provide opportunities for people to support each other develop working relationships and share problem-solving strategies with one another.

GCoP involves the attendance of diverse representatives from the community sector; health services; local and state government; and the private sector.

You can find information, video and audio from the first GCoP-PVAW session here 

GCoP-PVAW Session 2: Preventing Violence against Women Before it Occurs: Why Data Matters?
The second session of GCoP-PVAW will explore the role of data as an advocacy tool for preventing violence against women and achieving gender equality including:

  • The importance of data as an advocacy tool for PVAW.
  • Understanding gender based data.
  • Sharing tools and resources.
  • Networking.

We welcome Fiona Dowsley (Crime Statistics Agency) and Hayden Brown (City of Greater Dandenong) as our keynote speakers.  Both have extensive experience and high-level expertise in using data to promote the primary prevention of violence against women and gender equality.
DATE:  Thursday 3rd March, 2016
TIME:  10.30 – 3.00pm
LOCATION:  Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre, Waratah Avenue, Ararat.
TOPIC: Preventing violence against women before it occurs: Why data matters.
Free forum
RSVP: By Friday 26th February, 2016
Click here to register using Eventbrite

People who have an interest in PVAW or those who manage PVAW projects are encouraged to attend.

For further informaiton please contact Dee Micevski  or the WHG Office

International Women’s Day 2016

 Pledge for Parity

International Women’s Day Event – Horsham

WHG are supporting an International Women’s Day event in Horsham. It is a joint initiative between WHG, Horsham Rural City Council and Horsham East Rotary Club.

When:Tuesday March 8, 2016  12 noon – 1.15pm
Where: Horsham Town Hall (fully accessible venue) 78 Wilson St, Horsham (accessible drop off zone)
Tickets: $5 each

The event will celebrate four local women’s stories and achievements, with 5 minute talks linked to the theme ‘pledge for parity’. A simple and nutritious lunch will be provided prior to the celebration. Local high school students will provide music during lunch. To register for the event please RSVP to phone 03 5382 9712 by Wednesday February 24, 2016.


The Lady in the Van

Join us for to celebrate International Women’s Day by attending the screening of “The Lady in the Van”This 2015 British comedy drama starring Maggie Smith that tells the true story of Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman who lived in a dilapidated van in a driveway in London for 15 years.

When:Tuesday March 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: Regent Cinemas, Ballarat
Tickets: $15 each
Available from: WRISC, 125 Eureka St OR  Women’s Health Grampians, 2 Drummond St Sth.
Payment by cash only please

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International Women’s Day Event 

Celebrate International Women’s Day at Backspace Gallery
Meet Dorothy Nicol – whose collection of vintage fashion inspired this exhibition
Participate in a discussion led by Dr. Juliette Peers – exploring women’s social history and feminist art
Create a collaborative dress sculptureDATE: Tuesday 8th March 2016
TIME:  2pm – 6pm
LOCATION:  Backspace Gallery – Huyghue House 15 Camp street, Alfred Deakin Place, Ballarat
TOPIC: Please RSVP to




#HandsUp for Gender Equality

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

25th November – 10th December

What is the #HandsUp for gender equality campaign?

Women’s Health Grampians will be participating in Women’s Health East #HandsUp social marketing campaign, which advocates for gender equality in our communities and encourages individuals to think about why gender equality is important to them. This campaign will run over the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, from 25th November – 10th December.

Where do I start?

A number of helpful resources have been provided as part of your package to make your involvement in the campaign easy.

Your campaign package includes:

  • 16 #HandsUp messages for you to use as you wish! Share on social media, use as your e-signature, promote on your website or print out to display.
  • A Background document to orient you to the 16 Days, violence against women, gender equality and why the campaign is important in achieving equality.
To Download the #HandsUp Package click on the links below:
#HandsUp – About the Campaign
#HandsUp – Background Information
#HandsUp – Example of Messages
#HandsUp – Official poster template – A3
#HandsUp – Official poster template – A4
How to get involved?

To participate in the social media component of the campaign, organisations and community members are encouraged to:

  • Take a photo with your hands up – this could even be an organisational photo, with a statement below stating why you have you #HandsUp for Gender Equality!
  • Upload the picture to your organisation and personal social media accounts
  • Importantly, tag @WHGrampians on Twitter or @Women’s Health Grampians on Facebook
  • Use the official campaign hashtag #HandsUp
  • Use the official poster ( #HandsUp – Official poster template – A4#HandsUp – Official poster template – A3) to write your statement on why gender equality is important to you, for example “#HandsUp for women in leadership” “… to end men’s violence against women” “… for equal pay”, and show this in your photo. Examples can be found in #HandsUp – Example of Messages

Other ways to get involved?

  • Use the #HandsUp official poster template to – decorate, colour in, draw on and write your gender equality message and display around your office/centre/service. Take some photos and share via social media too if you like!
  • Print out templates to give to community members visiting your organisation – ask them to put their #HandsUp by decorating their own template with a message of their choosing.
  • Use these templates as a display for your 16 days activity or event.
  • Come up with your own #HandsUp message to use for your e-signature, or use one of the messages supplied, or use one of the 16 gender equality images created.
  • Print out the supplied campaign messages and display around your organisation, or at your 16 Days event.
  • Come up with another creative way to spread the #HandsUp message!


The Women’s Health Grampians Facebook and Twitter pages will act as a portal for sharing campaign messages and photos from followers across the 16 Days

If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Dee Micevski at Women’s Health Grampians e. or ph.1800 013 432



White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day 25th November 2015

This year we are delighted to note that there are an unprecedented number of White Ribbon events taking place across  the Grampians region

We will continue to update our website so if you are holding an event or know of an event not listed here please contact us on e. or ph. 1800 013 432
The White Ribbon Day website has information about the campaign, ways to get involved and a list of events.



Wimmera Community Street March – a road to safer lives

On Friday 20th November a community street march through CBD Horsham demonstrating commitment to ending the use of violence and upholding the safety of women and children.
The march is open to men, women, and children and will finish with a free BBQ and guest speakers
The walk starts at 12.30pm at the Horsham Aquatic Centre car park in Firebrace Street Horsham.
For more information contact Ross Anders (03) 5362 1200

Edenhope College

On Friday 27th November at Edenhope College there will be sessions running for Grade 5/6/7 and a separate session for 8,9,10. The focus is on promoting what white ribbon day is about and opening up the discussion on violence against women (and within relationships). For more information contact Vanessa Eastwood  e.


Grampians – Pyrenees


On White Ribbon day 25th November, residents of Ararat and surrounds are invited to participate in a “Say No to Domestic Violence” walk at 5:00pm from the Performing Arts Centre to Alexandra Gardens where there will be an oath swearing ceremony, tree planting and a community BBQ.
Walk from: Performing Arts Centre (Depart 5:00pm) Walk to: Alexandra Gardens (Arrive 5:20pm)
For more information contact Janeen or Danielle on 53550200


On White Ribbon Day 25th November there will be a BBQ at Cato Park in Napier Street Stawell.
For more information please contact Corrina Graham (03) 53587400


Central Highlands

City of Ballarat’s 2015 White Ribbon Day

On White Ribbon Day 25th November the City of Ballarat invites you and your staff to get involved in the City of Ballarat’s 2015 White Ribbon Day event. The City of Ballarat is inviting the community to organise a walking group to join us in the CBD for a nonviolence oath swearing and BBQ. The event begins at 11.30 am outside the City of Ballarat’s Customer Service Centre, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat. The City of Ballarat’s Charter for the Prevention of Violence against Women will be available for signing on the day. Visit the White Ribbon website for more information

Ballarat White Ribbon Day breakfast

On White Ribbon Day 25th November the Ballarat White Ribbon Day Committee invites you to attend their White Ribbon Day breakfast featuring Luke Brennan, 2015 White Ribbon Day Ambassadors and the Ballarat White Ribbon Day choir.
Wednesday 25th November 7am – 8.20am Held at the OCA Pavilion, St Patrick’s College.
For more information and to register through Eventbrite click here



Dimboola Community Night Reflections

WHG was recently involved in the planning of a very successful Community Night at Dimboola, with the theme: Let’s take a stand against Family Violence. Sponsored by Des and Robyn Lardner’s Dimboola Pharmacy, and held at the Dimboola Memorial Secondary College (DMSC), the event was a stimulating mix of speakers, table discussion, video presentations and music, as well as delicious supper provided by the school students with about 80 community members in attendance.

The format and content for the evening were well received and proved to be a successful way to address a difficult and “heavy” topic with a broad community audience. Speakers included Kyle Plunkett a prevention advocate from Ararat, Anne Gawith, Principal of DMSC, Acting Inspector Brendan Broadbent and Emma Kealy MP, Member for Lowan. Speakers and subsequent discussion highlighted the role everyone across the community can play in identifying, responding to, educating about and preventing family violence.

The excellent speech by Anne Gawith on the role of schools and educators in prevention of violence is available here

Dimboola Community Night, 15 October 2015, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College





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11th March 2015

International Women’s Day Nelly Thomas, Sex and IWD

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Nelly Thomas will headline WHG’s International Women’s Day event in Ararat on Wednesday 11th March. This is an opportunity for parents and carers to hear the comedian’s entertaining presentation of “The Talk”, how to have those tricky conversations on sex and relationships with teenagers.

WHG’s new resource for women and local agencies, the Sexual and Reproductive Health Referral Pathways Guide will also be launched on this day.

Thought about your own International Women’s Day event? Tell us about your event so we can promote it or talk with WHG if you need some help to start planning.


18th March 2015

Act@Work Ballarat Leading Change Lunch

Following the success of the Act@Work Leading Change breakfast held in Ararat, another forum promoting the role of our community and business leaders in preventing violence against women will be held in March. This will be a lunchtime forum at Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat.

For more information on our guest speakers

Nelly Thomas – Comedian

Brendon Gale – CEO Richmond Football Club – Richmond FC Gender Equity Project

Catherine Dixon – Director Commissioners Office, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission



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AGM celebrates a busy and productive year

Picture 049At the 2013 Annual General Meeting, Chair Desley Beechey praised the efforts of the organisation and its team of dedicated and passionate advocates in their involvement and influence in the health and wellbeing of women and their communities in the Grampians Region.  This year we have focussed on doing. Based on the data and information WHG has collected we have been able to strengthen our relationships with services addressing the issues rural women face in accessing family planning services; worked with local councils to support their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans; and began Act@Work, a project funded by the Department of Justice aimed at reducing the rates of violence against women.



Act@Work launched

Media release - NR Act@Work Launch 0813An innovative new project to create healthier workplaces, free from violence and discrimination was officially launched on Wednesday 4 September. Act@Work is aiming to build healthier workplaces with a culture of respect and non-violence, by encouraging workers to speak up. The Ballarat Courier and Ballarat Community Health are the first organisations to sign up and will be helped by WHG to build capacity, develop policies and procedures, and provide the practical tools employees need to play a role in preventing violence, especially against women and children.

[link to news release NR act@work launch]


The 7th Australian Women’s Health Conference, Sydney 7-10 May 2013

AWHN Conference LogoThe 7th Australian Women’s Conference ‘Gender Matters: Determining Women’s Health’ continued Australia’s focus on showcasing cutting edge research and best practice approaches in women’s health policy and practice locally, across Australia and internationally. To read more about the conference findings please click on the link:



SEXrurality Conference, Shepparton August 2013

SEXrurality Conference_Womens Health Grampians_Page_01WHG presented at the SEXrurality Conference organised by the Centre for Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) in August, click here to view our presentation.


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