Women’s Health Grampians (WHG) have a number of free publications available to the general public.
If you would like one of our publications please either download from the list below or contact us by phoning 03 5322 4100 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a copy.
- Gender Equality in Victoria - Grampians Submission
This submission was developed collaboratively by Women’s Health Grampians, Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee and key organisations and committees working in the Grampians region of Victoria. We recognise that gender inequality is a significant issue impacting not only on the lives of women and men, boys and girls, but also the social capital and productivity of our communities and have a shared commitment to achieving gender equality. As leading organisations in the region, we are committed to working in partnership across a diversity of sectors including government, community, health, media and private business, to address the structural and cultural barriers to gender equality. The leadership of the Victorian government in addressing this issue is welcomed.
For a presentation on the Submission by WHG click on the picture below (works best in full screen, use the arrows to navigate)
- Women’s Health Grampians Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence
“The Royal Commission provides an opportunity for us to tell our story – what is happening at the local level – here in regional and rural Victoria – and in the Grampians in particular. One of the most crucial elements in addressing the underlying causes of family violence is that it requires a local response, and on that front we have a positive story to tell” said Marianne Hendron, Chief Executive Officer at Women’s Health Grampians.
“State and national leadership is crucial – but it is local leadership and local community effort that is required to respond to local circumstances and drive social change. This violence happens in our communities, and it is in the communities where attitudes and behaviours need to change.”
Family violence is an issue for all Victorians but the Grampians region has particular areas of high risk when compared to state averages. In Ballarat, the rate of family violence reported to police is 50% higher than the state rate, in Ararat it is 70% higher and in Horsham it is more than double. Children are also more likely to be present. In Ararat and Horsham they are more than twice as likely to be present, when compared with the state average (based on Victoria Police data for 2013-14, [rate per 100,000] reported incidents by LGAs).
“Our work focuses on addressing the underlying causes in order to completely eradicate it from our society – it’s not just about the women experiencing violence and the male perpetrators, it’s about the community and the way we value women and men as equals and the way this is evident in everyday interactions” said Marianne.
“What we have found over recent years in our work with local councils, local businesses and other community organisations is that there is a great sense of shared responsibility and concern over this situation.”
Women’s Health Grampians notes significant local leadership in programs such as their Act@Work program; local councils conducting community roundtables; providing opportunities to swear an oath against violence; develop a community charter; hosting You the Man (a play on bystander action); sponsoring bystander training and community responsibility workshops for employees and to lead White Ribbon events – just to name a few.
“Events such as our “Leading Change” breakfast and lunch held in the region were sold out with over 300 local leaders coming together to hear how they can take action in our community. Likewise the Act@Work program is unable to meet current interest from workplaces wanting to do the intensive program. Our Community of Practice forum planned for 24 June – also aiming to support our local organisations taking action – has received great interest” said Marianne.
“The sense of local responsibility is high and community momentum is growing, what we need now is long term adequate funding to optimise our local response.”
The submission highlights the key barriers to local level change are lack of funding, and short term funding models; lack of local data; lack of structural incentives and regulation to support social change; and recognition of primary prevention as separate to preventing ‘further’ violence.
To see the full submission please click here: WHG Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violencehttp://www.whg.org.au
For more information on the Community of Practice or other work in relation to the prevention of violence against women please see the WHG website, or contact Simone Meade on 5322 4100.
More information about the Royal Commission into Family Violence is available on their website http://www.rcfv.com.au/Media/Royal-Commission-begins-community-consultations
The Royal Commission’s final report is due March 2016.
Women’s Health Grampians (WHG) is one of 11 women’s health services operating in Victoria, funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services. It covers 11 local government areas across the Grampians region, extending in a wedge from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border. WHG aims to drive and support systemic change that will impact positively on the lives of women in the Grampians region. WHG has two priority areas: sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of violence against women (PVAW).
Women’s Health Association of Victoria (WHAV) have released a refresher document in the lead up to the Royal Commission’s final report
- WHG Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021
In late 2016, the WHG Board and CEO developed a new Strategic Plan to guide us through to 2021. This plan articulates our role as a regional leader in women’s health and health promotion, our commitment to excellence and our proud connection to feminist values. In order to achieve the greatest outcomes for women across the region, our work is primarily with policy and program planners and decision makers whose actions impact on every aspect of women’s lives.
- WHG Annual Reports
WHG Annual Report 2014-2015
WHG Annual Report 2013-2014
WHG Annual Report 2009-2010
WHG Annual Report 2004-2005
WHG Annual Report 2003-2004
WHG Annual Report 2001-2002