News, updates and information from Women's Health East

Welcome to Women's Health East's July eNews!

Hello to all.

I hope you enjoy this edition of our eNews full of updates on our work and activities over the last quarter.

On behalf of the Board of Governance of Women’s Health East I would also like to extend a warm welcome to new Board member Micaela Drieberg.
Enjoy reading on – and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with our work and with women’s health issues.
Kristine Olaris
Chief Executive Officer
In this eNews...
WHE Staff

Staff Update

We are sad to be saying farewell to Communications and Health Promotion Officer and Coordinator of the Eastern Media Advocacy Program, Kate Ravenscroft who finishes up in her permanent capacity here this week. Kate is leaving us to complete her Masters of Social Work and we wish her all the best with this.
We are however very pleased that Kate will continue working with us on a casual basis.
Kate Gibson commences as a Health Promotion Officer at Women’s Health East this week.
Kate is well known in the region - most recently being employed as the Project Coordinator for the Preventing Violence in Our Community Project in the Outer East. Kate will continue working on this project for two days per week and will work three days with us. “I very much look forward to working at Women’s Health East and working closely with all of our survivor advocates in the future” says Kate.

Belinda Haydon completed her degree earlier this year, with majors in psychology and health promotion.  Belinda tells us “I’m delighted by the opportunity to work with the team at Women’s Health East – important to health promotion ‘happens’; a great contrast to my previous career in business." Belinda is working at Women’s Health East on a casual basis as a Health Promotion Officer.
Media Advocates Sustainability Project

We are very excited to announce that Women’s Health East have recently received funding from the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children and VicHealth partnership to develop a Media Advocates Sustainability Project.
Media advocates programs aim to influence a change in community attitudes and promote the prevention of violence against women. They do this through training and supporting women who have experienced family violence and/or sexual assault to speak out at public events or in the media about violence against women.
The Media Advocates Sustainability Project will involve the development of practical tools and resources, and the sharing of valuable learnings and experience, to enable other organisations to implement a similar media advocates program in their area. Women’s Health East is looking forward to this exciting piece of work!
Together for Equality & Respect Update
Together for Equality & Respect (TFER) is the Eastern Metropolitan Region Strategy for the prevention of violence against women.
The final draft of the TFER Action Plan, which describes how the Strategy will be implemented, is now with the Leadership Group for final approval and adoption. It should be available from the Women's Health East website by early August. The accompanying evaluation guidebook and corresponding tools are also being finalised. These provide further information on the regional indicators and data collection methods needed to enable partner organisations to evaluate their primary prevention initiatives.
For more information on Together for Equality & Respect, download the Strategy from our website.

The next Together for Equality & Respect Regional Forum will be held on Wednesday 6th August 2014. The forum will focus on social marketing and effective communication of messages for the prevention of violence against women.  It will support regional planning for White Ribbon Day and 16 Days of Activism events in November 2014. See our website for more details on this event!
Eastern Media Advocacy Program Update
We are delighted to have recently begun a new round of media advocacy training in the region. Over three Fridays in June and July nine motivated, determined and articulate women with experiences of sexual violence have been learning and developing their media advocacy skills in preparation for becoming survivor advocates speaking out against sexual violence. 
The training was delivered by the Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault, Women’s Health East and consultants, Anne McCaig and Anna Goldstein.

To engage a survivor advocate, or to have them present at your next event, please contact Women’s Health East on 9851 3700.

#Budget2014 health measures to have bigger impact on women

Kristine Olaris, Women’s Health East CEO, has undertaken analysis of the impacts on women of the  proposed changes to Medicare charges for visits to GPs and warns of the potential of these changes to increase gender inequality in Australia. 

Read the article here.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs Analysis
Women’s Health East have been investigating the sexual and reproductive health needs of women in the East and the services available to address these. This work has involved consulting with organisations in the region to compile information about the services and health promotion programs that are available that address women’s sexual and reproductive health. We are interested in learning about programs that provide accessible and sustainable services to women of all backgrounds and ages. We also hope to identify where gaps in services exist and where programs could address the unmet needs of vulnerable groups of women across the Eastern Metropolitan Region. This information will be vital for Women’s Health East to develop strategic directions for sexual and reproductive health in the region.

If you have knowledge of sexual and reproductive health or related areas and would like to contribute in any way, please contact Sue Sharrock at Women’s Health East
Gender Equity Training

Women's Health East has been actively contributing to building gender equity by working with local governments as part of the Outer East Preventing Violence Against Women in our Community project. Sue Rosenhain from Women's Health East partnered with Kate Gibson (in her role as Coordinator of this project), to facilitate six sessions for staff from a range of departments across the Knox, Yarra Ranges and Maroondah City Councils. 

Women's Health East also facilitated a session for Managers of Volunteers with the Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre, following which all participants were able to identify at least one strategy to build gender equity within their programs. One of the talented survivor advocates from the Eastern Media Advocacy Program presented as part of this session, and her insights were identified as being one of the most valuable aspects of the day.

To enquire about gender equity training for your organisation contact Sue Rosenhain, 9851 3700. 

Priorities for Victorian Women’s Health 2014–2018

Clear disparities in health outcomes exist for Victorian women.
The Victorian women’s health sector is seeking commitment from government to the development of a comprehensive women’s health policy and action platform which includes:
  1. Development of a statewide sexual and reproductive health strategy;
  2. Investment and leadership in the primary prevention of violence against women;
  3. Research and action on women in a changing society, specifically the impacts of climate change on the health of Victorian women;
  4. Development of a gendered mental health and wellbeing plan;
  5. Further investment in the Victorian Women’s Health Program to implement initiatives arising from the actions above.
Read the full document here.

Publications and Resources


Gender Equity for Health Outcomes Fact Sheet

Women’s Health East have developed a new factsheet exploring gender equity and its relevance to optimal health and wellbeing. The fact sheet provides a brief summary of gender inequality in Australia, its impact on health and how a gender equity approach can help redress this inequality.

Download the fact sheet here.

Women's Health East Brochure

Women’s Health East’s brochure is now available!  The brochure provides details on who we are, our priorities, contact details, and some examples of our current work. Please download our brochure at this link which you are welcome to share with your colleagues, clients and contacts.

Research Support Available

If you are a researcher WHE can support you to publicise your research study, invite participants, or disseminate information about your research. Complete our Request for Support Form and email it to
Women's Health East acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.
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