Over the past 3 years Shiree Pilkinton led our work in gender equality and prevention of violence with migrant and refugee women through Happy Healthy Homes, It Takes Courage and finally Unstoppable Women. In celebration of this work a Women of the World event was held to exchange intergenerational skills with cookery demonstrations, traditional Aboriginal basket weaving, making beeswax food covers, make up sessions and much more. The event hosted 35 girls and women ranging from 12 years old to 70+ from a range of cultural backgrounds. These programs have been a wonderful and productive partnership with ongoing legacies including the Safer Pathways project, It Takes a Community (based at Ballarat Community Health) as well as the fantastic social enterprise A Pot of Courage which you can find out more about on their website – https://www.ittakescourage.org.au or on Facebook A Pot of Courage.
As part of our Increasing Reproductive Choices project we hosted some amazing events in February 2019. In partnership with The Royal Women’s Hospital, Ballarat Community Health, Western Victoria Primary Health Network and 1800 My Options we hosted Medical Abortion Education sessions in Horsham, Ararat and Ballarat. Dr Paddy Moore, Clinical Head of Abortion and Contraception Services at The Royal Women’s Hospital shared her expertise for clinical guidance, support and referral pathways. All events were well attended with 66 people from a variety of professions, such as GPs, medical students, practice and community health nurses, pharmacists, specialists and medical administrators.
As a result, we are pleased to say we now have medical abortion providers listed their services on 1800 My Options both publicly and privately, making it easier for women to access this important information when and where they need it.
If you would like to be involved in the Increasing Reproductive Choices project or for more information please contact Marieke Dam on 0417 028 823 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about how the Victorian Government-funded Clinical Champions project is training clinicians across Victoria to support access and availability of abortion services.
In our Annual Report 2017/18 we proudly share highlights from the breadth of work undertaken across our region:
● Growth in membership and recognition of the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance
● Working closely with partners to promote cultural and systemic change to improve the health and wellbeing of women
● Contributing to research on unintended pregnancy in the Grampians region
● The It Takes Courage Project and
● Gender Inequality in the Grampians report.