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Goulburn North East

Covering:  Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Shepparton, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga.

Lead agency for preventing violence against women

Women’s Health Goulburn North East is the government-funded specialist women's health service for the Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria. We are a dynamic, independent, feminist organisation committed to improving the health, safety and wellbeing of women in the region. We acknowledge and affirm the diversity, capability, strength, and resilience of women, and work to build on these strengths to achieve safer, fairer and more equitable social, environmental and economic outcomes for women.

Regional partnership and strategy

The Hume Region PVAWC Strategy 2013–2017 is a partnership resource to address the determinants of violence against women and build the capacity of communities to take action. The strategy aims to address a range of issues, including the major engagement initiative of this strategy - the Courageous Conversations campaign which invites individuals and organisations across the region to commit to actions that promote gender equity and respectful relationships. Women's Health Goulburn North East works closely with leaders who play an influencing role in their communities, including local governments, community health, hospitals, welfare and youth organisations.

Gender and disaster campaign

The Gender & Disaster Pod (GAD Pod) comprises of a wide range of practice-based resources to support the application of a gender lens to natural disaster.

I never knew the
prevalence of family
violence after disaster.

The GAD Pod promotes an understanding of the role played by gender in survivor responses to natural disaster, and aims to embed these insights into emergency management practice in responding to women and men in future disasters.

The GAD Pod emerged from research conducted after the 2009 Black Saturday fires in Victoria - by researchers Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara from Women’s Health Goulburn North East.  Formally established in 2015, the GAD Pod is an initiative of two Victorian women’s health organisations, Women’s Health Goulburn North East and Women’s Health In the North, in partnership with the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative. 

It was helpful to have my own beliefs challenged.
I realised the importance of changing the 'norms' around expected gender roles.

Since the 2009 foundational research, the GAD Pod partners have led, or collaborated on, a range of initiatives—with critical input from emergency management leaders and workers, community members and workers, experts in the fields of masculinity, gender and disaster, and federal, state and local government departments. These initiatives include:

  • Hosting the first conference on natural disasters and family violence - Identifying the Hidden Disaster (2012), followed by a subsequent conference on men and natural disaster - ‘Just Ask’: Experiences of men after disaster (2013)
  • Involvement in the establishment of the Gender & Disaster Taskforce — an Australian first—in 2014. The purpose of the Taskforce is to provide ‘statewide strategic direction and leadership to reduce the compounding effects of gender on disaster impacts’
  • The development of a range of practice based resources, including two training packages, checklists for disaster prevention agencies, issues ‘snapshots’ and postcards, and a best practice case study

These initiatives have received numerous awards, including:

  • Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award, 2013
  • Resilient Australia Award, 2014
  • Best Thesis in the Social & Political Sciences (Monash University), 2015
  • Mary Fran Myers Award 2017

The Just Ask video was so useful in showing Sharon’s reflections on life after Black Saturday!


The information pack and resources were really good, particularly the research and information from people affected by the 2009 Bushfires, and the impact of disasters.

Get involved

Check out the range of activities that Women’s Health Goulburn North East are supporting in the region to prevent violence against women.

If you are experiencing violence, find information and support here 1800RESPECT.ORG.AU