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Spotlight on Women and unpaid care
Women’s unpaid care work makes a huge contribution to the economy and the wellbeing of families and communities. Despite our society’s reliance on it, women’s unpaid care work is often taken for granted because of the expectation that unpaid care is naturally or traditionally women’s responsibility, and not really ‘work’.
In Australia, it is more common for women to provide care in all age groups between the ages of 18-74. Women are also more likely than men to have care responsibilities involving greater time and intensity. The undervaluing of women’s unpaid care work is linked to poorer health and wellbeing outcomes for carers and limits women’s participation in the paid workforce. It is also related to the undervaluing of paid work in care-related of ‘feminised’ industries, such as child care and community services.
Improving the suitability of, and confidence in, social supports and services for people who require care would improve the circumstances, health and wellbeing of women in unpaid care roles. Also important is the need to transform gendered norms so that unpaid care work is shared more equitably between women and men.
Knowledge Paper - Working with workplaces: challenges and opportunities for workplace violence prevention and bystander programs
This paper explores some of the challenges and opportunities in workplace-based programs for the primary prevention of violence against women – including bystander programs – based on findings from Women's Health Victoria program evaluation.
The purpose of this paper is to:
- inform continuous improvement of Women’s Health Victoria’s
Take a Stand program to ensure it remains consistent with
current evidence and good practice; and
- contribute to the evidence base on effective primary
prevention practice, particularly in the workplace setting and
in relation to bystander approaches.
Counterpart Navigator expanded
When women have questions about their cancer diagnosis, treatment or life after cancer, finding the right information online can be overwhelming. Counterpart Navigators are a stepping stone to reliable up-to-date information, reviewed by qualified Australian health professionals and women who have experienced breast or a gynaecological cancer. The expanded content includes:
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancers
- Placental cancer
- Uterine (including endometrial) cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulval cancer
Video - Victorian Women's Health Atlas overview
This brief video provides an introduction to the main features of the Atlas, and how it is meeting the needs of a growing community of users.
The video was produced for the Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards 2018 - in which The Atlas was a finalist.
Access the Video: Victorian Women's Health Atlas overview
Access the Website: Victorian Women’s Health Atlas
Women's Health Victoria Website
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