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WHW News Newsletter, Edition 3, 2012
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Edition 3 •
wmen’s health west
– equity and justice or women in the west
A wod frm h e 
Dr Rbn Gregr
elcome to thethird edition of
WHW News
for2012. This editionfocuses on our priorityarea of sexual andreproductive health. AsElly points out in theintroduction, we haveembarked on a number of interesting initiativesand are reaching pivotal stages in existingwork so get set for a really engrossing read.WHW is fortunate to have a generous andcommitted board of directors with greatexpertise that they share with us. Two
terric examples of this are outlined on
page 3, where director Samantha Merriganreports on our work in risk management,and page 18, where Claire Culley reportson our 2012-2015 strategic plan.Similarly, I am consistently impressed withthe experience and approach of our staff andour ‘behind the scenes’ section welcomestwo more talented women. To emphasisethese points, WHW had a director and a staffmember nominated for the Sally Isaac Human
Rights Award in a eld of 15 nominations
across the state – see page 4 for the winner!Kirsten Campbell, one of the nominees,reports on her human rights work, OurCommunity, Our Rights, with South Sudanesewomen planning an advocacy project. Seepage 15 for details of this inspiring localproject focused on violence prevention.At a state level, WHW congratulates thegovernment on moves to give equal weight topreventing violence from happening, holdingperpetrators to account, and supportingwomen and children who experienceviolence. Given our work in family violenceprevention and response, WHW are clearthat this multipronged approach is essentialfor effectively dealing with violence in thehome. We also welcome the governmentproviding an additional $16 million in responseto the latest crime statistics, which showeda 23 per cent jump in reporting of familyviolence. See pages 5-7 for more information,along with an update from our FamilyViolence Services Manager, Jacky Tucker.Ruby Roo the kangaroo introduces a new
friend in the Ruby les on pages 8-9.
Ruby has clearly been busy getting outand about to let people know how familyviolence affects children. The puzzle thataccompanies their adventures encourages
children to nd their feelings as this is the
type of work Ruby and Gruffalo engage in.One of the methods that WHW uses to
inuence great outcomes for women and
children is through engagement with localcouncils. Along with other women’s healthservices across the state, WHW contactedcandidates for the local government electionsto encourage them to support initiatives for
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sexal & 
Vt fowoe’swelen p.10
Find out whichlocal governmentcandidatessupport women’shealth, safety andwellbeing
   I   L   L   U   S   T   R   A   T   I   O   N   I  s   i  s   &   P   l  u   t  o
nW fudno obatfAiy vilnep.6
The governmenthas committed $16million in response toincreased demand forfamily violence services
SxA aneprdcive ealhacin plan p.14
Help us develop the rst ever
Victorian sexual and reproductivehealth action plan
Check t r new strategic plan n page 18.
edition 3
• 2012
ISSN # 1834-7096Editr:
Nicola Harte
Cntribtrs t this editin:
Anna Vu, ClaireCulley, Debra Wannan, Elly Taylor, Jacky Tucker,Kirsten Campbell, Melanie Sleap, Nicola Harte,Robyn Gregory, Sally, Samantha Merrigan,Stephanie, Shukria Alewi, Stephanie Rich, VeronicaGarcia, Vicki Hester
:Scout Kozakiewicz, VeronicaGarcia
Isis & Pluto
Design and lat:
Susan Miller,millervision@netspace.net.au
Editrial Plic:
Contributions rom readers arewelcome. Opinions expressed in this newsletterdo not necessarily relect those o Women’sHealth West (WHW). All contributions are theresponsibility o the individual authors. The inaldecision on inclusion lies with WHW and theeditor. Content must be in keeping with WHW’svision and goals. Short items are preerred. Emailcontributions to
and includeyour name, email address and phone number. WHWreserves the right to edit any contribution.Read this edition and archives o whw news online at
http://whwest.rg.a/news/newsletter/ Editin 3 pblished:
November 2012
Editin 1 deadline:
8 March 2013
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women’s health, safety and wellbeingshould they be elected. See pages10-11 for more information.We were also pleased to be able to
inuence the Law Reform Committee
of the Parliament of Victoria, whoinvited WHW to provide evidenceon the topic of sexting. Healthpromotion worker Stephanie Richoutlines our submission on page 12.Our new FARREP project, outlined onpage 13, consults with young womenwho feel caught between two culturesand provides them with culturally-sensitive information to make informeddecisions. In a similar way, newly-arrived
women involved in the nancial literacy
program described on page 16 discussedthe differences between systems in theCongo and in Australia and now feel
condent to make informed decisions.
Finally, as Victorians struggle to deal withthe death of Jill Meagher, we note thatthe same conditions that make womenvulnerable on public streets also make usvulnerable to violence in our homes. Weare heartened by the humane responseto this crime and encourage ourmembers to take part in this year’s WhiteRibbon Day events, including the walkagainst family violence, outlined on page
19. It is through these acts of solidarity
that we continue our vision for equityand justice for women in the west.
omen’s Health West has along-standing commitmentto improving the sexual andreproductive health status ofwomen in the west. Our workunder this priority area is diverseand targets groups of women andgirls disproportionately affected bysexual and reproductive ill health.WHW is developing two new sexualand reproductive health programs;a project for young African womenthat aims to prevent female genitalmutilation or cutting, and anotherdesigned to support womenwith a disability to realise theirsexual and reproductive rights.We have also been trainingpractitioners to deliver Girls Talk– Guys Talk, an intensive six-termwhole-school healthy relationshipsand sexual health program thatintegrates actions in a planned andcoordinated way across the threeCs of each school: curriculum,community and culture.Over the past three years, WHWhas led the western region sexualand reproductive health promotionpartnership to develop a regionalprimary prevention action plan thatwill redress the social drivers ofsexual and reproductive health. As a
rst step, in 2011 we developed therst sexual and reproductive health
promotion framework, a conceptualand practical guide for evidence-based health promotion planning.The framework demonstrates thatinterventions are most effectivewhen mutually reinforcing healthpromotion actions occur acrossa range of setting and sectors.In November WHW will present at theFirst National Sexual and ReproductiveHealth Conference, designed as aplatform to call for the developmentof a national sexual and reproductivehealth strategy. Momentum is alsobuilding at a state level to implementan overarching policy framework forresearch and program development,implementation and evaluation.WHW and the Women’s HealthAssociation of Victoria have longadvocated for such a framework. Inthe coming year, we look forwardto continuing to engage withgovernment and other organisations
in this eld to advocate for federal
and state sexual and reproductivehealth strategies that are responsiveto the needs of women and girls.This sexual and reproductive healthedition of whw news outlines asample of Women’s Health Westprograms, projects and prioritiesthat work toward our ultimategoal of equity and justice forwomen. Explicitly sexual andreproductive health-related articles
are identied with this stamp:
Ell Talr
, Health Promotion Coordinator
sexal & 
edition 3
• 2012
   P   H   O   T   O   S   V  e  r  o  n   i  c  a   G  a  r  c   i  a
bhnh scnS
side from my role on Women’sHealth West’s board of directors I amthe General Manager, Risk Safetyand Sustainability at Transurban, a tollroad owner and operator whose focus ison partnering with governments to deliverroads that meet community needs overthe long term. In a recent presentation tothe WHW Finance and Risk Committee Idiscussed the following intersection of riskmanagement, strategy and governance.
What is risk management?
Risk is dened as the effect of
uncertainty on objectives. Not all risksare ‘bad’. An effective risk managementframework helps us to identify risks,analyse them and determine appropriatetreatments to decrease the likelihood ofharm or injury, and encourage positiveconsequences. It provides a commonlanguage to discuss and describe riskand a consistent way of measuringit. This helps us to test our strategy,improve its execution and adaptquickly to a changing environment.
What srt f risks shld becnsidered?
WHW should be identifying all risks
whether they are about the nancial
health of the organisation, ourability to deliver services, the safetyof our employees and the womenwe work with, our reputation asan organisation, or the legal andregulatory environment in which weoperate. Consistent risk managementprocesses should be integrated into allour activities and business processes,so that we use one clear set ofstandards for all decision-making.
What is the bard’s rle?
The role of the board is to ensurethe risk management framework iseffective and that it understands the
risk prole of the organisation. The
board doesn’t just ask ‘what are therisks?’ More importantly we ask,
How well are we managing the risks?
How fast is our approach to riskmanagement improving?
What are the changes in
our risk prole? Why?
What are the emerging risks?
Where are we nw?
WHW has a risk managementframework including a procedure anda register outlining risks, the controlswe already have in place and whatwe need to do to further treat therisks. All our employees have beentrained in the process and have activelycontributed to the development of therisk register and audits show that staffare aware of the risks we face andactively work to minimise those risks.How we report on and update riskshas been targeted for improvement.
What’s next fr risk management atWHW?
Risk management is a constantlyevolving process. It is not possible tolook at a risk register and give it a scoreout of 100. Almost as soon as you’veproduced a risk register, somethingchanges and it needs updating. Whatis important is developing a cultureof risk-based decision making andcapturing the discussion around the
identication, assessment and treatment
of risk. Here at WHW we are activelyembedding the risk managementprocedure into all our teams andimproving the way risks are reported toour management team and the board.Improving the management ofour risks will help ensure we area sustainable organisation thatcontinues to deliver quality servicesto the women in the region.
Lking at Things Frm a DifferentPlace -
Risk Management, Strategy and Governance 
Samantha Merrigan
Vicki Hester
I have been workingwith women who havedisabilities and mental health diagnosesfor over 15 years. More recently I’veworked as a person-centred planningconsultant. The aim of that work was tohelp disability services move away froma ‘rescue and nurture’ model of servicedelivery to an ‘empowerment’ model.This model shows that people withdisabilities can drive the services theyreceive; and that the socio-economicstatus of individuals is often more‘dis-abling’ than the disability itself.Through my work I’ve met so manyinspiring women and have alsowitnessed the impact disadvantagecan have on a woman’s wellbeing. Sowhat a pleasure it is to be involvedin programs that equip women tobreak down barriers and be more incontrol of their own health. To thewomen in the Sunrise women’s groupand the staff here at WHW – thankyou for having me on board!
WHW Staff
Melanie Sleap
I have workedwith young peoplefor nearly 7 years andwork as a volunteer with young peoplein Australia and overseas, particularlywith Destiny Rescue who rescueyoung women from sexual slavery. Ihave been at Women’s Health Westfor about two years, beginning as anafter hours worker and moving to anoutreach worker position, which hasbeen a great challenge and a great joy.Meanwhile, I’m slowly undertakinga Master of Social Work at RMIT.I’m now excited to begin my new rolein the health promotion, researchand development team, which willcombine my two great passions:young people and gender equity.

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