News & Events

We’re Working Remotely

With the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and stakeholders front of mind, Women’s Health East is working remotely. Having our office closed doesn’t, of course, alter our commitment to equality, empowerment, health and wellbeing for all women.

We will continue to progress our work to advance gender equality, prevent violence against women, and improve women’s sexual and reproductive, however we are doing things a bit differently at the moment.

For example, although we have postponed recent face-to-face activities, we are using digital platforms and other communications mechanisms to connect with you.

Our Speaking Out Program is a priority for WHE, especially at a time when family violence is likely to increase. If you would like to consult with, or interview a woman who has experienced family or sexual violence, or even have one of our advocates speak at a virtual event, we can assist. To book a Speaking Out Advocate, please contact Rachel on 0405606545 or health@whe.org.au.

WHE staff remain contactable during this time. If you don’t know the contact details of the person you are seeking to interact with please use health@whe.org.au and you message will be passed on to the appropriate person.  

Please also keep connected with us through our social media channels where we will continue to share timely information to support women’s health and wellbeing. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

We know that these times are difficult for all. Women are disproportionately affected during a crisis such as COVID19 due to financial pressures, escalation of family and intimate partner violence, caring responsibilities and working in client-facing services. Although WHE do not offer services directly to women, you can rely on us to be strongly advocating for women throughout this time. 

 

If you are seeking immediate help, please contact the numbers below:

1800RESPECT  – 1800 737 732

24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Call toll-free 1800 737 732.

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Service – 1800 015 188

Victoria’s 24/7 family violence response service for women and children. Call safe steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188 to speak to a family violence support worker.

EDVOS – 03 9259 4200

EDVOS is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region.

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636

Mental health support including depression and anxiety.

Switchboard Victoria – 1800 184 527

LGBTIQ+ mental health support available 3pm – midnight. 

Lifeline – 13 11 14

Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State. Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call 13 11 14.

 

Thank you to all our partners and supporters who help us continue our work. 

The Unheard Story: the impact of gender on social inclusion for older women

Women are overrepresented in populations at high risk for social exclusion. ‘The Unheard Story’ highlights how current narratives continue to disadvantage women by failing to recognise the lifelong impacts of inequality that are further compounded in later years. The report includes recommendations for organisations, groups and practitioners to address the unique needs of older women.

 

Download the report.

Voices for Equality and Respect: LGBTIQ+ family violence project

Download PDF of the report and the resource

Word document report for screen readers

(Re)Shaping Respect report  Step Up resource

The Voices for Equality and Respect project aims to expand our understanding of family violence beyond leading heteronormative frameworks and narratives. Evidence suggests intimate partner violence is as prevalent in LGBTIQ communities as it is in the general population. However there are significant gaps in our understanding of what drives family violence in the LGBTIQ context has major implications for prevention efforts.

Women’s Health East’s Voices for Equality and Respect project addresses this by elevating the voices of young queer people and exploring their distinct understanding of equal and respectful relationships.

 

Annual General Meeting 2019

This year’s AGM is set for Friday 25 October, with special guest Karla McGrady from Our Watch presenting on the prevention of violence against Aboriginal women and children.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Week 2019: Superheroes of SRH

23rd-29th September 2019

This year, Women’s Health East are running a seven day sexual and reproductive health social media campaign.  The aim of the campaign is to:

  • Profile women doing great work in sexual and reproductive health across Victoria
  • Mark two internationally significant days: World Contraception Day on 26th September and International Safe Abortion Day on 28th September

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Have your voice heard!

Women’s Health East are recruiting young LGBTIQ people to participate in workshops to help with the creation of a new resource on equal and respectful relationships. 

To participate please contact Lara Gerrand on 03 9851 3706 or lgerrand@whe.org.au

Young and Queer in the East

Women’s Health East is excited to announce the release of their research report exploring LGBTIQ young women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. 

Download the report here.

Access Health & Community – Inclusive Clubs Project

Access Health and Community – Safe and Inclusive Clubs Project

Social Media Post

Twitter @AccessHC_AUS

Facebook @AccessHealthandCommunity

#16Days Sport settings have great potential to influence social change and prevent violence against women by creating inclusive, equitable safe environments. @AccessHC_AUS is committed. Are you? Share a project promoting GE where you PLAY #Together4GE

For Facebook please include the following wording in your post: To read the full story, go to our website: http://whe.org.au/news-events/ge4us/16-days-of-activism-against-gender-based-violence/together4ge-resources/ 

 

View the full story here: Inclusive Clubs Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiro & EDVOS – Ambassador’s for Equality and Respect

Inspiro Community Health Service & EDVOS

Ambassadors for Equality and Respect

Social Media Post

Twitter: @InspiroCHS

Facebook: @InspiroCHS

#16Days Students who feel motivated and inspired to take action where they learn can lead change for themselves and their peers. How will you partner with young people to enable them to take action for gender equality? #Together4GE

For Facebook please include the following wording in your post: To read the full story, go to our website: http://whe.org.au/news-events/ge4us/16-days-of-activism-against-gender-based-violence/together4ge-resources/ 

View the full story here: Inspiro + EDVOS