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WHW News Ed02, 2013

WHW News Ed02, 2013

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Published by Women's health West
This sexual and reproductive health edition tracks changes to abortion law around Australia, calls for a national sexual and reproductive health strategy and introduces Action for Equity: a sexual and reproductive health plan for Melbourne's west 2013-2017. We also describe the latest news in the family violence service including new ways of assessing children's level of risk, and a new report on family violence experienced by women with disabilities.
This sexual and reproductive health edition tracks changes to abortion law around Australia, calls for a national sexual and reproductive health strategy and introduces Action for Equity: a sexual and reproductive health plan for Melbourne's west 2013-2017. We also describe the latest news in the family violence service including new ways of assessing children's level of risk, and a new report on family violence experienced by women with disabilities.

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whw
news
Edition 2 •
2013
wmen’s health west
– eqit and jstice for women in the west
A wod rm h e 
Dr Rbyn Gregry
W
elcome to the secondedition of
WHW News
 for 2013. This editionfocuses on our priority areaof sexual and reproductivehealth – a priority thatwe share with all women’s health servicesacross Victoria, allowing the opportunity for
collaboration to signicantly enhance outcomes
for Victorian women’s sexual and reproductivehealth. Health promotion coordinator, EllyTaylor, has set the context on page 2, callingon both the federal and state governmentsto provide strategic leadership to supportintegrated prevention, health promotion andclinical work in this area.Health promotion worker, Anna Vu,demonstrates that Women’s Health West ismore than ready for a broader strategy, whenshe reports on page 12 about our soon-to-be released regional plan, Action for Equity,developed with the Western Region Sexual andReproductive Health Promotion Partnership.
On pages 10-11 Anna also features signicant
changes in women’s access to abortion, a keyrequirement for women to gain control oversexual and reproductive decision-making.Stephanie Rich adds a summary of theoutcomes of the sexting inquiry that suggestour presentation and submission reported in
edition 2, 2012 was quite inuential.
Women’s Health West consistently strives to
inuence legislation and public policy to enhance
the health, safety and wellbeing of women andchildren in the western region. You can readabout our latest submissions on page 4.
Our ability to inuence begins with a skilled
board of directors. Deputy chair, Leigh Russell,outlines the skills and knowledge required of amodern-day governance group in her article onpage 3. And of course recruiting and retainingskilled staff is key to our effectiveness as anorganisation. We introduce two new staffmembers on page 3, and congratulate JennyHickinbotham on her Inspirational WomenAward from Hobsons Bay City Council.Women’s Health West is proud of all of ourstaff and their achievements and revels inopportunities to share our work with others.At the recent National Women’s HealthConference in Sydney, eight of our staffmembers collaborated in the presentation ofpapers and posters to do just that. Vicki Hester,our health promotion worker for women with adisability, reports on the conference on page 5.Vicki also introduces the extension of ourSunrise program into Melton, on page 17,and encourages us to spread the word towomen living with a disability to reduce theirisolation and provide opportunities for fun andconnections with other women.
Continued p.2
nie:AbotoAwarudhonr.10
Anna Vu guides us throughthe major legislative reforms toabortion
ipovig uwok wih isafetd byAiyvilne.8
Introducing child-specic risk
assessment
Asweig h Al oa einal eual anerdcive ealhlan .12
Action for Equity provides
tailored strategies to benetspecic population groups
 
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‘Men and wmenare still uneualin Australia…and this leadst wmen beingmistreated…Iwuld like thelp stp thisineuality in anyway I can.’ Yu,Me and Us peereducatr – readmre n page 15
 
ISSN # 1834-7096Editr:
Nicola Harte
Cntributrs t this editin:
Anna V, DeraWannan, Ell Talor, Jac Tcer, Jess, LeighRssell, Melanie Sleap, Nicola Harte, SallCamilleri, Sophie Campell, Stephanie, StephanieRich, Ssan, Ron Gregor, R Roo, TaniaSchmaeit, Veronica Garcia, Vici Hester, Zoe
Phtgraphers:
Annie Wormald, AstralianWomen’s Health Conference photographerFernwood magazine photographer, Stephanie,Meredith O’Shea, Morgan Cataldo, Nicola Harte
Illustratins:
Isis & Plto
Design and layut:
Ssan Miller,millervision@netspace.net.a
Editrial Plicy:
Contritions from readers arewelcome. Opinions expressed in this newsletterdo not necessaril reflect those of Women’sHealth West (WHW). All contritions are theresponsiilit of the individal athors. The finaldecision on inclsion lies with WHW and theeditor. Content mst e in eeping with WHW’svision and goals. Short items are preferred. Emailcontritions to
in@whwest.rg.au
and incldeor name, email address and phone nmer.WHW reserves the right to edit an contrition.Read this edition and archives of WHW News onlineat
www.whwest.rg.au/news/newsletter/ Editin 2 published:
Jl 2013
 Deadline r editin 3:
9 Agst 2013
Continued from p.1
And speaking of fun and connections,our favourite kangaroo, Ruby Roo, joinsthe children’s counsellors in updatingkids and playful adults about their latestvisits and groups, in the Ruby Files onpages 6-7. I don’t want to give too muchaway, but Ruby and Gruff have a newfriend!Jacky Tucker, our family violence servicesmanager, provides even more informationabout our family violence service plansand activities with children and adults onpages 8-9, highlighting the importanceof partnerships, collaboration andintegration across and within sectors todeal effectively with the impact of socialproblems like family violence.And health promotion worker, StephanieRich, provides an excellent case for theuse of sex-disaggregated data to ensurea comprehensive gender analysis inplanning and policy development, in herarticle on page 13.Health promotion worker, Melanie Sleap,provides further information on page 15about You, Me and Us, our respectfulrelationships education programintroduced in the previous edition of
WHW news
. And Tania Schmakeit fromFootprints in Brisbane reminds us of the
ongoing benets of our Power On health
and wellbeing program for women whoexperience mental illness. In reading thisarticle, I was struck by the truly women-centred nature of this program, andthe strength that comes from women’ssupport for one another.
Finance Ofcer, Debra Wannan, joins CAS
Coordinator Sophie Campbell on page 16,in thanking those of you who donated toWomen’s Health West in the past threemonths. We rely on your generosity andgood will to provide services and projectsabove and beyond what is possible fromgovernment funding alone.Finally, I would like to take theopportunity to thank the health ministerand our colleagues in the Departmentof Health for their tireless work to avoidplanned cuts to our health promotionprogram in the May state budget. Thismove allows us to continue the rangeof programs, including those outlinedin our newsletter, that work to achieveexcellent outcomes for the health, safetyand wellbeing of women and children inthe western region of Melbourne.At the National Women’s HealthConference, WHW staff attendedDr Gill Greer’s keynote presentation,‘Why would a national sexual andreproductive health strategy makea difference’? Dr Greer is the CEOof Volunteer Service Abroad andher recent work includes two majorreports on sexual and reproductive
health and rights in the Asia-Pacic
region. She outlined that the AustralianGovernment is a signatory tointernational treaties that protect andpromote the respect, protection and
fullment of sexual and reproductive
rights for all people. She urgedconference delegates to use thetreaties and conventions that Australia
has ratied as a platform to advocate
for action on a national strategy.Dr Greer detailed not only the needfor, but the opportunities that wouldbe created by, a national strategy.A national sexual and reproductivehealth strategy would enablestrategic leadership and an integratedprevention, health promotion andclinical framework at a nationallevel. Such a strategy would bettersupport research and accurate datacollection, the delivery of essentialservice provision (including abortion)as well as coordinate comprehensivewhole-school sexuality education toenhance respectful, gender equitableand non-violent relationships betweenyoung women and men. A nationalstrategy would develop a trained andskilled workforce through standardisedprofessional development structures.It would strengthen action on thesocial and cultural drivers of sexual andreproductive health. It would ensurehealth promotion and service responseinitiatives reach those experiencingthe greatest ill health: people livingwith HIV/AIDS, Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander people, people inand coming out of prison, peopleliving with a disability, injecting drugusers or refugee communities.Most importantly, a strategicframework aligned with internationalhuman rights treaties would ensurethat all Australian’s sexual andreproductive health rights are protectedand upheld regardless of their gender,sexuality, ethnicity or ability. WHWstrongly supports a national sexual andreproductive health strategy that canin turn inform state strategies. We willcontinue to advocate the importanceof federal and state governmentsexercising leadership that allowsthe many services and organisationsto achieve better outcomes for allmembers of our community.This is the sexual and reproductivehealth edition of whw news and
articles that specically focus on this
priority area are marked with this logo:
Elly Taylr
, Health Promotion Coordinator
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Bhnh cns
Ze
FAMILy VIOLENCEOuTREACH WORkER
I am a freshly graduatedsocial worker; my placementswere at Child Protectionin Dandenong and SacredHeart Mission in St Kilda.I am delighted to start mysocial work career at afeminist organisation likeWomen’s Health West,where I can practice andcontinue my passion forsocial justice associated withwomen’s rights and workingwith women experiencingfamily violence. I hope tocontribute a positive attitudeand keep on building onmy skills and knowledge.
Jess
FAMILy VIOLENCEOuTREACH WORkER
Just before coming toWomen’s Health West I was
nishing a Master of social
work. I worked at On the Lineas a counsellor and providedrelief and crisis responsework at CASA House. I lovelearning and trying newthings. I’ve worked in federalgovernment at FaHCSIA inCanberra; in South Australia Iwas a residential care workerand prior to that I’ve donelots of volunteering: ProjectRespect, Lifeline, AustralianRefugee Association,Makikita Quykuway inPeru, International StudentVolunteers in Costa Ricaand the Australian HealthPromotion Association.
WHW Sta
BAd
performance iswidely recognised asone of the critical factors that assistsorganisations to have an impact –and perhaps even more so in the
not-for-prot sector, where boards
need to be very innovative to make thebest use of what are often limited resources.Making an impact is one of the main reasons to join a board;it’s the desire to achieve great things by making a positivedifference to people and place. Passion is often the starting
point. Directors – particularly in the not-for-prot space – want
to make a difference, learn from other professionals anddevelop leadership skills, and give back to our community.But passion isn’t enough! Directors must develop andstrengthen skills that are useful to the organisations theyserve. I recently completed Australia’s pre-eminent training forboard directors, the Australian Institute of Company Directorscourse courtesy of a scholarship awarded through the VictorianWomen’s Governance Scholarship Program – an initiative ofthe Victorian Government in partnership with the AustralianInstitute of Company Directors. It was a fantastic opportunity
to reect on the key factors that inuence board effectiveness.
1
Board directors must be activist in nature – in otherwords, remain curious. A healthy level of ‘professionalscepticism’ facilitates the type of questioning andimpartial conversation that enables more strategic
reection and action around the board table.
2
Along with strategic oversight, board directors must
spend sufcient time considering risks and setting
the risk appetite for the organisation. A number offactors contribute to any crisis – they don’t usuallyhappen overnight. Directors need to be mindful ofrisks and support the CEO and management team tomitigate them by putting effective controls in place.
3
Being a more effective board means ensuring each
director is nancially literate. While it isn’t necessary
to have a board comprised solely of accountants (infact, it’s not desirable – diversity is essential!) it is
important that directors have a level of scal nous,and understand the nancial drivers of the business to
ensure they add value to the board conversation.Boards operate in a complex environment and require diverseskills in strategic thinking, leadership, risk management and
nance. This focus on board effectiveness is part of WHW
board’s plan to create a culture of continuous improvement andlead staff to achieve equity and justice for women in the west.
Priding eectiegernance r WHW
Leigh Russell
DEPuTy CHAIR WHW bOARD
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obsons Bay City Council gave35 local women InspirationalWomen Awards on 14 March tocelebrate International Women’s Day.Jenny Hickinbotham was one of the worthyrecipients of the award. Jenny received theaward for her work with Household Relief Fund, the charity shestarted in 2010 to support women and children escaping family
violence and others in difcult nancial situations. Household
Relief Fund supports people by purchasing essential items suchas fridges, washing machines, child care fees, car maintenance,beds and mattresses, utility bills, rent and bond, and muchmore. Jenny has a long association with Women’s Health West,initially in her role providing administrative support in ourrefuge and later as a peer facilitator in the Power On program.We congratulate Jenny for this well deserved achievement.
Inspiratinal Wmen Award:Jenny Hickinbtham
aWars
Wmen’s Health West wins siler atAustralasian Reprting Awards
o
5 June 2013, the Australasian Reporting Awardspresented Women’s Health Wes
t with our rst
 silver award for the 2011/12 annual report. The award isa distinguished achievement in reporting and recognisesour commitment to accountability and transparency.
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