Media

Please direct all media enquiries to our Communications Officer on
03 9851 3700 or health@whe.org.au

 

30 MAY 2017

New funds support sustained action to prevent violence against women in Melbourne’s East

Women’s Health East, on behalf of the Together For Equality & Respect (TFER) Partnership, are delighted to be a recipient of $140,000 through the Community Partnerships in Primary Prevention grants.

To read or download the full media release, click on the link below.

30 May Media Release New funds support sustained action to prevent violence against women in Melbourne’s East

 

3 MAY 2017

WHAV looks forward to a Victoria free from family violence

Victoria’s peak body for women’s health, safety and wellbeing congratulates the Victorian government on standing strong on their commitment to all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Women’s Health Association of Victoria (WHAV) believes the unprecedented investment of $1.9B will go a long way to making the difference that is needed for women and children experiencing violence to get the service responses they need to live free from violence.

To read or download the full media release, click on the link below.

3 May Media Release WHAV looks forward to a Victoria free from family violence

 

23 NOV 2016

#GE4Me – What Does Gender Equality Mean for You?

Vivian Final#GE4Me (Gender Equality for Me) was a local social media campaign that encouraged the community to share what Gender Equality means for them.

The campaign was developed by Women’s Health East, and designed to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (25 Nov – 10 Dec).  #GE4Me focussed on what gender equality means for the many diverse groups that shape Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region. Their messages on gender equality were been turned into 16 campaign pictures – one for each day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

To read or download the full media release, click on the link below.

2016-11-23 Media Release #GE4M

 

15 JULY 2016

It’s Time We Talked About Porn – A forum for parents, carers, educators and mentors of young people

Readily available and aggressively marketed online, hard-core pornography is fast becoming the default sexuality educator for young people. Pornographic content accounts for 30 per cent of internet traffic and research shows that over 90 per cent of boys and 60 per cent of girls have seen porn online.

A forum on the challenges and advantages of talking about porn with young people will be held on Monday 18 July at Karralyka, Ringwood. Presented by Maroondah City Council, Women’s Heath East and Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC), the session will be led by community educator on pornography and young people, Maree Crabbe.

To read or download the full media release, click on the links below.

11 July 2016 Media Release Its Time We Talked About Porn Forum (pdf)

 

31 MARCH 2016

Royal Commission into Family Violence – Report and Recommendations

The landmark report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence was publicly launched yesterday, Wednesday 30 March 2016.

Women’s Health East welcomes the report and applauds the Victorian Government for its commitment to implement the recommendations in full. Women’s Health East sees the report as a strong framework for future action.

To download the full report, visit the Royal Commission into Family Violence website.

To read or download the full Women’s Health East media release, click on the links below.

31 March 2016 Media Release Royal Commission into Family violence report (pdf)

31 March 2016 Media Release Royal Commission into Family Violence (word)

14 December 2014
Women in Leadership

In the lead up to the State government election in November, Women’s Health East held Women in Leadership Panel discussion as a part of their Annual General Meeting.

The panel was facilitated by comedian and health promoter Nelly Thomas, and included the following inspirational women:

  • Mary Wooldridge MP
  • Danielle Green MP
  • Brooke Collins - Wurundjeri woman
  • Cr Samantha Dunn, and
  • Megan Dunstone - Survivor Advocate

To read or download the full media release please click on the links below:

9 October 2014 Media Release AGM Women in Leadership Panel (pdf)
9 October 2014 Media Release AGM Women in Leadership Panel (word)

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17 November 2014
Our attitudes about women – and men – need to change

VicHealth released the 2013 National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey results. It is the third survey, the others being in 1995 and 2009. The results, though not significantly different from 2009, highlight the need for concerted efforts to build attitudes that will help to put an end to the epidemic of violence against women.

To read or download the full media release please click on the links below:

17 September 2014 Media Release Community Attitudes Survey Results (pdf)
17 September 2014 Media Release Community Attitudes Survey Results (word)

20 May 2014
Medicare copayments to hurt women

The federal budget introduces a $7 copayment for visiting a GP and an additional $7 fee for out of hospital pathology and diagnostic imaging services. It also increases the copayment for medicines by 80c to $6.90 to those eligible for concessions and by $5 to $42.70 for others.

Women’s Health East has undertaken a gender analysis of the use of general practitioner services, demonstrating that women will be disproportionately disadvantaged.

To read or download the full media release please click on the links below:

20 May 2014 Media Release Medicare copayments to hurt women (pdf)
20 May 2014 Media Release Medicare copayments to hurt women (word)

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27 March 2014
Melbourne’s East unites to end violence against Women

In response to a huge rise in family violence reports in Maroondah, this article recognises the increase as a positive change by challenging the culture of silence and stigma that has surrounded family violence.

To read or download the full media release please click on the links below:

27 March 2014 Media Release Ending violence against women (pdf)
27 March 2014 Media Release Ending violence against women (word)

 

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21 December 2013
Women in the East call for end to violence

“I want an end to anything that devalues, objectifies or belittles a person on the basis of gender.” says Sally, a survivor of family violence.

Women across the East are speaking out as part of White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Women, who are themselves survivors of violence, have had enough and are speaking up about the changes needed in society to bring an end to violence against women.

On 25 November, White Ribbon Day, Women’s Health East will launch the Listening to and Learning from Women campaign. The campaign which has been developed in partnership with the Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and the Eastern Domestic Violence Service, highlights messages from women who have survived violence and calls for action from the whole community to prevent violence against women. The messages will be shared in a social media campaign and on posters across the Eastern region during the 16 Days.

To read or download the full media release please click on the links below:

21 November 2013 Media Release Women in the East call for end to violence (pdf)
21 November 2013 Media Release Women in the East call for end to violence (word)

08 March 2013
Sexism harmful to all: on International Women’s Day it’s time to end it.

Far from being a thing of the past, sexism continues to be a major problem in Australia today. “A constant in women’s lives, sexism is experienced with a frequency and regularity that places an ongoing, and significant, burden on women’s health and wellbeing” says Women’s Health East CEO, Kristine Olaris.

Launching on International Women's Day, a new campaign Sexism: See it, Say it, Stop it asks all Australians to reject sexism. Ms Olaris, who is part of the team behind this campaign, says “Join us in rejecting the sexist treatment of Australian women leaders. Now is the time to stamp out sexism.”

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, one in five Australian women has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. But sexism isn’t limited to demeaning comments or sexual objectification. Sexism is equally about traditional gender role stereotyping and the discrimination that stems from these attitudes and beliefs.

To read or download the full media release please click on the links below:

8 March 2013 Media Release Sexism harmful to all (pdf)
8 March 2013 Media Release Sexism harmful to all (word)

28 February 2013
Attack on woman in Ringwood highlights prevalence of violence against women

The recent assault on a local woman at Mullum Mullum Creek in Ringwood highlights how common violence against women is. One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence and almost one in five have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.

As this data shows, violence against women is serious and common. The impacts of violence are devastating and long-term, affecting women’s mental and physical health and wellbeing, and for many women the impacts can include homelessness, mental health issues and financial insecurity.

However, unlike this attack, most violence against women occurs in the home, with the majority of perpetrators known by the victim. In fact, intimate partner violence contributes to more ill health and premature death in Victorian women under the age of 45 than high blood pressure, obesity or smoking, VicHealth data shows. The biggest risk factor for becoming a victim of sexual assault and/or family violence is being a woman.

To read or download the full media release please click on the links below:

28 February 2013 Media Release Attack highlights prevalence of violence against women (pdf)
28 February 2013 Media Release Release Attack highlights prevalence of violence against women (word)