Woman's Health East
Investing in equallity and wellbeing for women
Following consultations with sexual and reproductive health service providers and advocates, the state government has just released Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health: Key Priorities 2017-2020. The strategy, together with $6.6 million in new funding, is a step towards ensuring that all Victorian women, regardless of where they live and how much money they have, are given access to the sexual and reproductive health services and support they need.
The Strategy identifies four key priority areas for improvement including:
– Equitable access to high quality contraception and pregnancy termination services and information
– treatment and management of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause
– fertility and conception awareness, and
– prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.
On Wednesday 30 March 2016 the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence handed down it’s report and 227 recommendations to the Victorian Government. You can view our response to the report in the Media Release below, and our submission to the Royal Commission.
This submission to the Victorian Government was prepared by Women’s Health East in consultation with, and behalf of partners of the Together for Equality and Respect Strategy, and the Eastern Metropolitan Region Regional Family Violence Partnership
On Friday 29 May 2015, the submission period for the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence closed. Along with many partner organisations in the Eastern Region, Women’s Health East put forward a submission highlighting key messages and recommendations.
Here are our ten recommendations to the Royal Commission:
1. That appropriate governance mechanisms are immediately put in place to oversee responses to family violence and that these ensure a distinct primary prevention focus. All structures formed must involve high-level representation from across government departments and the community.
2. The role of Women’s Health Services (WHS) in the prevention of violence against women must be recognised and strengthened. An additional ongoing commitment of 1.5 EFT per women’s health service is essential to enable the depth and focus of the required work. As leaders in prevention, WHS must have a clear role in the governance structure.
3. A gender equity focus must be central to any efforts aimed at preventing family violence.
4. The prevention of family violence requires a commitment to long term, coordinated action and evaluation.
5. There must be a commitment to a long-term family violence prevention policy, and to adequate funding for the implementation of evidence-based primary prevention initiatives under the new policy. This funding commitment should include funds for leadership and coordination, local action and evaluation.
6. Any policy or plan addressing the prevention of family violence should include a central focus on intersectionality.
7. Immediate funding of a 0.5 EFT program coordinator to support the Eastern Media Advocacy Program’s continuation.
8. Prevention policies and action should include responses to the pervasive and significant issue of sexual violence be expanded to include sexual violence against women outside of the family violence context.
9. A comprehensive response is required to further investigate and address the links between family violence and problem gambling.
10. The prevention of family violence in same sex attracted relationships requires attention and investment to build a more robust evidence based response.
To see our submission and read more about our key messages and recommendations to the Royal Commission, please click here.
This infographic has been designed for Together for Equality & Respect partner organisations and others to use in their work. The infographic gives an overview of the prevalence and seriousness of violence against women and its underlying causes. It explains how everyone in the community has a role in preventing violence against women.