WHG July 2015 Newsletter

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July 2015 Newsletter



Message from Women’s Health Grampians Chief Executive Officer, Marianne Hendron

We are delighted to welcome you to our new and exciting bi-monthly newsletter. The aim of our newsletter is to keep you up to date with WHG projects, initiatives and insights affecting Women’s Health in the Grampians Region.  Our items will continue to focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Prevention of violence against women.
We also look forward to providing you with timely e-news items and updates via our social media.  Most of our news items will also be available on our new look web site. https://whg.org.au/
 We look forward to working and partnering with you.

Women’s Health Grampians calls on the Royal Commission into Family Violence to back local approaches!

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).
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.

The rate of family violence reported to Victoria Police is significantly higher than the state average, across the Grampians region.  This map shows the % above the state average.

To see the full submission click
 WHG Royal Commission Submission
For more  information about the Commission into click:http://www.rcfv.com.au/
The Royal Commission’s final report is due February 2016.
Communities unite to prevent violence against women!
To eradicate violence against women from our communities, we need to challenge the sexist beliefs and attitudes that lead to gender inequality and ultimately underlie violence against women.  A new initiative by Women’s Health Grampians (WHG) has been developed to unite regional communities to proactively address this issue.  The Grampians Community of Practice for the Prevention of Violence against Women (GCOP-PVAW) is designed to support people with an interest in, or those working in the prevention of violence against women to implement best practice prevention projects.
Read More….




Geoff Sharp - Inspiring Philanthropic discussions on June 24, 2015 at Robert Clark Centre

Program evaluation shows Businesses do ACT@WORK to prevent violence against women 

Employees must be part of the solution to prevent violence against women.    Act@Work has been empowering workplaces to make this a reality.

Act@Work participant evaluation showed that 90% of participants who had completed the program were ‘very or quite likely to take action to address sexist or discriminatory behaviour in the workplace’ – and 92% agreed this would extend to behaviours with family and friends as well.
Act@Work has worked collaboratively with groups such as Commerce Ballarat, Ararat Regional Business Association, Ballarat Trades Hall Council, Local Governments in the Grampians region, State Government departments and Australia Industry Group and continues to attract high demand for a programme which addresses underlying issues of gender inequality and unconscious bias in the workplace.

Local community at Leading Change luncheon for the prevention of violence against women at  Women’s Health Grampian’s Act@Work Luncheon in March 2015. 
Evaluation findings of Act@Work May 2015

Read more Act@Work

 Sexual Health Service Guides

Following a mapping project of sexual health services across the Grampians region in 2014, Women’s Health Grampians have worked in partnership with Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care partnership to develop a Sexual Health service guide for the Grampians Pyrenees region. We have also recently launched a guide for the Wimmera region.




It’s time we talked about the impact of pornography…

Reality & Risk is a community-based project that supports young people, parents, schools, government and the community sector to understand and address the influence of pornography.

 Pornography has become a default sex educator for many young people. This has serious implications regarding consent, risk assessment, mutual respect, sexual health and gender equality. Maree Crabbe delivers training to understand porn’s influence and explore how we can address it.


Rosie Batty urges media to help prevent family violence

June 03 2015 By Hannah Grant, Media Relations Officer, Our Watch
Australian of the Year and Our Watch Ambassador Rosie Batty will today deliver a rallying cry to the Australian media, urging them to use their influence to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin family violence.
Ms Batty – who will use her National Press Club address today to launch the Our Watch Awards to recognise and encourage exemplary reporting to end violence against women – says journalists are “uniquely placed to help stop violence before it starts”. 
For  more information OUR WATCH AWARDS


Are you a woman who has no children and aged between 45 and 64 years?
If so, Deakin University Australia would love to hear from you!


 We are conducting research about life for women with no children in Australian society.
If you would like to take part, please visit the following link to complete the anonymous online questionnaire, which will take only 30 minutes of your time! 
For further information, please visit 
 or contact Beth Turnbull at b.turnbull@deakin.edu.au
Please contact Women’s Health Grampians if you would like to contribute ideas or feedback to this newsletter.

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