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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

International Women’s Day Garden Party

On the morning of March 4th, Women’s Health Grampians and WRISC Family Violence Support hosted a garden party to celebrate International Women’s Day. The dual themes of International Women’s Day were #GenerationEquality, acknowledging the achievements and progress of the past 25 years and looking forward to what the next generation will achieve, and #EachForEqual, a reminder that our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.

 

Two key achievements were celebrated at the party – the achievement of Rainbow Tick accreditation by WRISC, and the launch of Women’s Health Grampians’ Intersectionality Guide – a resource developed as part of the Equality for All project to assist CoRE members in applying an intersectional lens to their work. Presentations were made by WRISC’s Hilary Pope, Women’s Health Grampians’ Kate Diamond-Keith, and Equality Advocates Joy Juma and Sumira Chhabra Gambhir.

Australia Day/Survival Day Statement

Women’s Health Grampians acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s First Peoples and the traditional owners and custodians of the land and water in which we live, work and play. We recognise that January 26 is not a celebration for all Australians and that sovereignty was never ceded. This day marks the invasion of Australia that resulted in the genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and dispossession of their land and culture. The intersection of colonisation, intergenerational trauma, removal from family and community, racism, discrimination, and marginalisation continue to have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We acknowledge today and in all our work that these detrimental impacts fall particularly hard on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.

On January 26, we stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We reflect on the importance of self-determination, and of organisations controlled by and run for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. We turn our thoughts to the Warawarni-gu Guma Statement once again and recognise and value the voices, strength and resilience of Aboriginal women of the Grampians region. We are proud and honoured to work alongside Aboriginal people  as they continue to lead improvements in health and wellbeing for their communities.

 

Contact: Marianne Hendron

Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Health Grampians

marianne@whg.org.au, 5322 4100

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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