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Annual report 2009-10

Annual report 2009-10

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Published by Women's health West
Women’s Health West’s annual report is published in November each year and provides a snapshot of the achievements of our programs and activities.
Women’s Health West’s annual report is published in November each year and provides a snapshot of the achievements of our programs and activities.

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women’s
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west
annual report 2009-2010
 
WHW’s catchment consists of seven local government areas:Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, MooneeValley and Wyndham
2 WOMEN’S HEALTH WEST ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010
Who We are
Women’s Health West was established in 1988 and havenow celebrated 21 years of working for the health, safety andwellbeing of women in Melbourne’s western region.We encourage women and girls to make informed choices byproviding tailored health information. We strengthen women’sconnections with each other through community development andhealth promotion projects.As the region’s largest family violence service, we provide womenand children who experience family violence with crisis support,including court support, crisis housing for women from culturallyand linguistically diverse backgrounds, and children’s counselling.Our publications include a regular colourful newsletter, a historybook detailing the anecdotes and achievements collected overthe 21 years of the service, and a range of resources (some incommunity languages) on women’s health and family violence.We work collaboratively with government and local agencies, andprovide secondary consultation for health, community and otherservice providers.
Vision
Equity and justice for women in the west
Mission
We partner with others to change the conditions that causeand maintain women’s oppression, to deliver family violenceservices and to undertake health promotion actions
Values– GuidinG PrinciPles
We work within a feminist framework, respecting human rightsWe act to support women to take control over their decisionsand their livesWe recognise that the conditions in which people live, work andplay are shaped by political, social and economic forces that wemust understand and take action on to achieve better outcomesfor health, safety and wellbeingWe value the diversity of our region and work to activelyrecognise and respect women’s diverse strengths, experiencesand goalsWe value transparency and accountability in our operations,practices and relationships with othersWe recognise that children’s health, safety and wellbeing isintrinsically connected to that of womenWe recognise the importance of being responsive to thechanging needs of our communityWe recognise and value the expertise of others and the vitalimportance of working together to achieve our goals 
Who we are
2
Performance at a Glance
3
 Achievements Measured Against Strategic Goals
4
Chair Report
6
Chief Executive Ofcer’s Report
7
Family Violence Services
8Family Violence Statistics9Intake10Court Support10Outreach11After Hours Crisis Outreach Service11Crisis Accommodation Service12Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Crisis HousingProgram13Private Rental Brokerage13Intensive Case Management14Women with a Disability Intensive CaseManagement14Childrens Counselling Program15Victims Assistance Counselling Program16Family Violence Regional Integration Coordination16
Health Promotion, Research and Development
17Power On18Power On For Carers18Sexual and Reproductive Health19Sunrise Womens Groups20Financial Literacy Program20Anti Racism Project21Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program21Prevention of violence against women22Girls Talk - Guys Talk23Lead On Again24
WHW Presentations
24
Communications
25
 Advocacy
25
Operations
26
Occupational Health, Safety and Environment
27
Professional Development
28
Supervision
29
 Accreditation, Quality Improvement and RiskManagement
29
Key Partnerships
29
Governance
30
Organisation Chart
32
Staff 
33
Financial Reports
34
Membership
36
CONTENTS
 
WOMEN’S HEALTH WEST ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010
ToP-line Financial coMParison
This top-line nancial comparison shows the growth of the
organisation since the previous reporting period.
2009/102008/09Change
 Total Revenue
$ 3,191,998$2,971,356$171,677
h
 Total Expenditure
$ 3,191,191$2,968,014$182,051
h
 Total Assets
$ 1,808,396$1,347,573$234,527
h
 Total Liabilities
$ 1,357,641$905,603$227,875
h
 Total Equity
$ 450,756$441,970$6,652
h
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317-319 Barkly StreetFootscray VICTORIA 3011Phone: 03 9689 9588Fax: 03 9689 3861Email:info@whwest.org.auWeb:www.whwest.org.auABN: 24 036 234 159
 Annual Report 2009-2010
ISSN 1834-710X
Publisher 
Women’s Health West
Printed
November 2010
Printer 
Whirlwind Print
Editor 
Robyn Gregory, Nicola Harte
Designer 
Nicola Harte
Illustrations
Isis and Pluto
Cover 
21st birthday AGM, November 2009
Photograph
Meredith O’Shea
 The Best Practice Australia independentsurvey of staff ‘climate’ showed WHW asa well-functioning, friendly and productiveorganisation that values staff and has a strongcommitment to continuing to improve in allaspects of our work.
 The launch, by the Hon. Joan Kirner AM, of REtroSPECT the 21 year history of Women’sHealth West. (p.25)
 The launch, by Chief Commissioner Simon
Overland, of a short lm that provides women
with information about how to collect evidenceif their intervention order is breached (p.25).
 The relocation of crisis accommodationservice workers from refuge to WHW main
ofce in Footscray (p.12).
 The development by WHW, local councilsand community health of Preventing Violence Together, an action plan to improve the healthand wellbeing of women in the west (p.22).
Women’s Health West staff openly discussedracism in an effort to understand its cause andthe impact it has on women in the west (p.21).
A high percentage (35%) of women stayed inrefuge less than one week, many respondingto a lack of housing options and choosinginstead to return to their partners or families(p.12).
Regardless of strong partnerships inthe region and across Victoria, a lack of sustainable funding to implement PowerOn – a wellbeing program for women whoexperience mental illness – has reduced thelast six years’ work to a standstill (p.18).
 
A large increase in clients accessing ourintake service yet this service remains
without specic funding or recognition of its
key importance
(p.10).
 
 There remain few services available in thewestern region to support children in theirrecovery from the trauma of family violence(p.15).
An outdated funding model for refuge servicesleaves WHW unable to offer parity to staff performing similar work (p.12).
PerForMance aT a Glance
The following snippets of our work across the organisation show highlights and lowlights of the past nancial year.
hiGhs and loWsdonaTions
We appreciate support from the Lord Mayor’sCharitable Fund, Victorian Magistrates Court Relief Fund, City of Melbourne and Vic Relief, which hasenabled WHW to provide emergency relief, foodvouchers and crisis accommodation assistance towomen and children.We thank Footscray Rotary Club, Toys ‘R’ UsHighpoint, Footscray Lions Club, Variety thechildren’s charity, and Alannah and MadelineFoundation for their continued support of the refugechildren’s program.
We would also like to extend our thanks for nancial
contributions from Sunshine Magistrates Court,Magistrates Court of Victoria, Western RegionWomen in Football Foundation, Victoria University,Zonta Club of Melton, AIA Australia and Beta SigmaPhi Victoria.

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