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Women's Health East's Autumn 2015 News


Welcome to the Autumn 2015 edition of our newsletter!

Our newsletters are a great way to keep up-to-date with news about women's health and wellbeing issues and events in Melbourne's Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR).

With Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence well under-way, the public dialogue and media engagement on the issue of violence against women is heightened.  It's critical that we seize this unique opportunity to not only highlight the need in our service delivery system, but to educate decision makers and the broader community about why we need to invest in preventing violence against women before it occurs.

If you haven't yet contributed to the royal commission, I would encourage you to do so before the closing date on Friday 29 May. You can find out more about the submission process and our Royal Commission Tip Sheet below.

By the way, becoming a member is a great way to keep up to date with our work and with women’s health issues throughout the year, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!



Kristine Olaris
Chief Executive Officer


Royal Commission into Family Violence
The Royal Commission into Family Violence has invited written submissions on how Victoria’s response to family violence can be improved and ultimately prevented.  

This is a great opportunity to advocate for a coordinated, long term approach to preventing family violence.

WHE have developed key messages that you may wish to include in your submission. We hope you will find this document to be a useful resource that you can add to, tweak, cut and paste or insert you own case studies/programs. Don’t forget - there is no particular length or format required for a submission - it can be as short or as long as you wish! 

Click to access a copy of the Tip-Sheet or visit the TFER website. For further information (including the official Terms of Reference) visit
All responses are due Friday 29 May 2015 (by close of business).
Women's Health East are nearing completion of a regional needs analysis and discussion paper on sexual and reproductive health.  
Organisations from across Melbourne's eastern region attended a consultation meeting in April to discuss the priorities that arose from the needs analysis and to give feedback on the discussion paper.  A strategic group is now being established to set priorities and potential actions for the region.   Please contact Sue Sharrock for more information.
With a focus on the Eastern Metropolitan Region, this fact sheet provides an overview of FGM/C, the health implications and impacts for women and best practice in preventing FGM/C. the Eastern Metropolitan Region is the only region of Melbourne that does not have a funded response to this significant issue.  You can download the fact sheet here, or visit our website at

Box Hill Central Rotary Club Donates $5000 to Media Advocacy Program
Women's Health East would like to thank Box Hill Central Rotary and Women in Rotary for their generous donation of $5000 to support the Eastern Media Advocacy Program.  This money will help support women who have experienced violence to share their 
experiences and insights into the issue of violence against women to raise awareness and further educate the community.

To find out more about the Box Hill Central Rotary club, their programs and their commitment to the Women in Rotary program, please see their website at
The Eastern Metropolitan Region Strategy for the prevention of violence against women
March Partner Forum
The March TFER Forum was held on Thursday 26th at Manningham Function Centre, with a focus on social marketing evaluation in the morning and organisational change for gender equity in the afternoon session. 
Guest presenters included:
  • Blythe Chidgey (Knox City Council)
  • Julia Blackburn and Rachel Messer (Inspiro and Eastern Health) 
  • Kristine Olaris (WHE)
  • Scott Holmes (YMCA) 

The day concluded with a panel discussion with speakers from across the region.
It was great to see so much enthusiasm from the region! A special thanks to Manningham City Council for generously organising the venue for us.
Resources from the day, including presentations, can be found on the 
TFER website.
TFER Website & Infographic
A reminder to continue to check in with the TFER website! The website presents evidence that underpins the TFER Strategy, provides up to date news about events and activities and includes a resources area housing the TFER Action Plan and Evaluation Plan, as well as shared evaluation tools and our TFER infographic.
For further information on Together for Equality & Respect, please contact
Sue Rosenhain
Health Literacy Project
Women's Health East are partnering with Benevolence Australia to connect and consult with Muslim women who live, work or study in Melbourne's Inner East, to better understand Muslim women's needs, and why Muslim women choose to use the services they use.
We are seeking Muslim women who live work or study in Melbourne’s Inner East (Boroondara, Manningham, Monash and Whitehorse). There are two ways Muslim women can be involved:
  1. participate in a 30 minute interview - if you are interested please contact Belinda Haydon at 
  2. spend 5-10 minutes completing our survey,
The findings of this project will be shared with Muslim women and representatives from health services.  Stay tuned for more details, if you would like more information or to be added to the invitation list, please email
Thanks to the Inner East Medicare Local for the funds to undertake this work.
The National Disability Scheme and it's Gendered Implications

Women’s Health East (WHE) is undertaking a project to investigate self-directed purchasing of services with a focus on women with a disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

The project will:
  • undertake an environmental scan to gain a gendered understanding of the shift toward self-directed purchasing of services
  • identify the potential implications of this environment for women with disabilities, their families and other unpaid carers
  • test these implications in the Eastern Metropolitan Region with a view to informing recommendations that will improve outcomes for women in the region and more broadly
For more information about this project please contact:
Jackie Moden  
Ph: 0408175841
Sue Sharrock
Ph: 9851 3705

Also happening...
Women's Health East would like to invite you to this fascinating forum that will explore the link between family violence and problem gambling.
The forum will be of interest to specialist domestic violence service practitioners; community, health and human services practitioners; problem gambling and financial counsellors; consumers; problem gambling and family violence researchers, advocates and policy makers.  See flyer for further details.
Working with News and Social Media to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children:
A Strategic Framework for Victoria

On Tuesday 12 May, Domestic Violence Victoria launched their new framework, Working with News and Social Media to Prevent Violence Agaisnt Women and their Children: A Strategic Framework for Victoria.  

The project is an initiative of the Victorian Government, and has been developed to achieve a clear plan for working with media in the area of primary prevention of violence against women and their children.
Women's Health East advocate Megan Dunstone spoke at the launch alongside The Hon. Fiona Richardson, and highlighted the power of including the 
voices of women who have experienced violence within the public and political discourse around this issue.  

Click here to view the strategy, or go to the Domestic Violence Victoria website at
Women's Health East acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.
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