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Shannon Hill

Business as Un-usual for WHG

To our WHG friends and stakeholders,

I would like to let you know about the steps that Women’s Health Grampians is taking in line with current directions regarding the CoViD19 pandemic. These are highly unusual times and how we are responding is, of course, evolving.

While the offices in Ballarat and Horsham are not closed at present, some staff are choosing to work from home and in time, it is likely that all staff who can work from home will do so. We are limiting face-to-face meetings and instead are holding most meetings by phone or zoom. We are also in the process of cancelling larger events, including training and communities of practice, in order to mitigate the potential risk of these gatherings. In time, we will consider rescheduling or using alternative modes of delivery, if that is required.

We acknowledge and appreciate that many of our WHG friends and CoRE members are on the frontline of efforts to control the spread of the virus and are likely implementing business continuity plans. If there is anything we can do to support you, please do get in touch. At this point, the best way to contact us is by email.

We urge you to stay safe and well at this time, as we are reminded of how our health and wellbeing depends on the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

Further updates will be provided as the situation changes.
Standing together in solidarity (but not too close!),

Marianne Hendron
Chief Executive Officer

Unstoppable Women

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.

Increasing Reproductive Choices

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 marieke@whg.org.au

Read more about how the Victorian Government-funded Clinical Champions project is training clinicians across Victoria to support access and availability of abortion services.

WHG Annual Report 17/18

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.

This report also recognises the value of our partnerships in achieving our goals. We look forward to supporting our partners and members in the year ahead.
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