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Southern Metropolitan Melbourne

Covering: Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip and Stonnington.

Lead agency for preventing violence against women

Women’s Health in the South East is the regional women’s health service for the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. Working across 10 LGA areas which contain approximately 25% of the Victorian population and being the sole female health-focused organisation in the region, Women’s Health in the South East enables optimal health and wellbeing by empowering women; and encouraging and providing access to female-specific information, support and services.

Core priorities include health promotion and education for the female community, the provision of expertise and training related to gender equity and the prevention of gender-based violence, and the development of strategic partnerships and collaborations which focus on women’s health issues.

Regional partnership and strategy

Women's Health in the South East drives the Preventing Violence Together: A Strategy for the Southern Metropolitan Region 2016 – 2021. The strategy has been developed to enable organisations in our region to join to work collectively to prevent violence against women and their children. In excess of 30 organisations across the region have voluntarily entered into this partnership, focused and unified in a commitment to prevent violence against women and their children. The role and purpose of this Strategy is to identify, define and articulate the causes of violence against women and their children, and then develop a clear resolve for collective action. Organisations in the region are invited and encouraged to engage with the Strategy to build capacity in this important area.

Gender Equity Training

“Lots of interaction
and knowledgeable

Women’s Health in the South East are experts in gender equity and deliver specialised training to community and commercial organisations throughout our region. The training is focused on defining and enabling greater understanding of gender equity (including the links between gender equity and violence against women), and supporting organisations to embed gained knowledge throughout all practices. We specialise in developing and assisting in the implementation of processes which are gender equitable by applying a “gender lens” across the entire environment. Our knowledge, expertise and support enable organisation with whom we are working to embed a culture of equality; to develop strategies and processes within their own spaces, resulting in optimal benefits which are gained from prioritising gender equity within a community or workplace.

“A gentle approach,
not male-blaming.
Good pace too”

We cater our training to the specific needs and culture of an organisation through tailored data collection. This process has benefited organisations as we fine tune our resources and delivery methods to accommodate individual workplace cultures and needs. Positive evaluations and increasing commitments to deliver further training are indicative of our ability to serve the needs of our clients.

“Well facilitated discussion that personalised the information and our own links to social gender norms”

Get involved

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

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