About Us

Women’s Health East is a regional women’s health promotion agency working across the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

Working within a feminist framework, Women’s Health East addresses the social, political and environmental factors impacting on the health, safety and wellbeing of women in the region. We work to build the capacity of services and programs in the region to optimally address issues affecting women.

Our work involves:

  • Providing leadership around women’s health issues of regional significance and facilitating integrated responses.
  • Working in partnership with local governments, health and community agencies and other stakeholders to promote gender-based health promotion and service delivery, and to improve service system access and responsiveness for women.
  • Shaping responses to the promotion of women’s health and wellbeing through research, advocacy and consultancy.
  • Providing information and advice to key stakeholders in order to raise awareness of health and wellbeing issues experienced by women and to promote women’s health and wellbeing.
  • Delivering training and education programs for our partner organisations on women’s health issues and gender sensitivity in planning and service delivery.

Women’s Health East also works directly with women in order to ground our work and to:

  • Understand women’s health and wellbeing issues
  • Support and strengthen our health promotion
  • Identify and inform responses to service system gaps

The organisation is a not-for-profit incorporated association, and receives the majority of its funding through the Department of Health. In addition Women’s Health East receives funding for specific projects. This funding comes from a variety of sources including philanthropic trusts, community grants and other areas of government including local government.

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Women’s Health Organisations

Women’s Health East is one of 12 women’s health services across Victoria. This includes nine regional services (including Women’s Health East) which together cover the entire state. The three statewide services are Women’s Health Victoria, Women with Disabilities Victoria and the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.

The Women’s Health Association of Victoria (WHAV) is the peak body for women’s health services funded under the Victorian Women’s Health Program. WHAV provides a forum and focus for women’s health organisations to work together to better enhance women’s health and wellbeing. The supportive environment of WHAV helps to build better links and a stronger sectoral identity. WHAV encourages the sharing of information, learning and best practice wisdom, as well as debate on a wide range of issues relevant to women’s health and wellbeing. To find out more about the Women’s Health Association of Victoria, contact Women’s Health East or any of the other member services.

To find out more about WHAV’s work you can read or download the current Priorities for Victorian Women’s Health 2014-2018 (pdf) document, developed by the Victorian Women’s Health Services in March 2014