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Specialised training delivered by women’s health services


Delivering training across Victoria

Victoria’s 12 women’s health services have a long history delivering excellent evidence-based training in gender equity in the workplace, prevention of violence against women (PVAW) and in being an active bystander/upstander.

Women’s health services co-design and peer review PVAW and gender equity training content to ensure it meets high quality standards that are effective in addressing identified drivers of violence against women. Women’s health services training meets the expectations described in Victoria’s Free from Violence Strategy.

Curricula and materials are extensively researched and undergo regular updating. Trainers are supported to ensure their skills and knowledge is contemporary and flexible to be able to deliver training that works for specific communities or organisations.

Some training is developed and offered regularly, other types of training are uniquely designed through a consultancy process with specific communities or organisations. Learning formats include single one-off workshops or a series of workshops, forums or facilitated conversations within workplaces.


Support programs for organisational change

Women’s health services offer consultancies alongside their standard or specialised training packages that provide tailored one-on-one support to organisations and businesses in reviewing and making changes to internal processes and policies to support gender equity and prevention of violence against women

Most organisational change programs are fee-for-service and can include carrying out gender audits of your workplace, and implementation and monitoring of workplace programs, policy and organisational change


Examples of training offered by Victorian women’s health services

  • Preventing Violence Against Women 101
    orientation workshop designed for new PVAW practitioners
  • “Putting the prevention of violence against women into practice: How to Change the Story”
    a training package designed by Our Watch with endorsed trainers
  • Recognising and responding to family violence
    understanding the signs of family violence and navigating referral to response services
  • Responding to disclosures of violence in primary prevention settings
    understand how to respond in group or one on one sessions to disclosures of violence, referral services
  • Gender Equity
    explores the concepts of gender and gender stereotypes, privilege, unconscious bias, and actions that can be taken to promote inclusivity and equality.
  • Gender Equity in the Workplace
    building organisational capacity to improve equity and diversity in the workplace, gender equity program analysis, gender auditing and planning. This will be customised for each workplaces
  • Workplace Equality and Respect training package
    building on established workplace and gender practices this package is designed by Our Watch and requires delivery by endorsed trainers
  • Gender & Disaster
    eg Men and Disaster package and Family Violence after Disaster package
  • Active Bystander Action
    Examines the underlying drivers of violence against women, sexist attitudes and norms that condone violence, and offers a range of practical actions individuals and organisations can take to challenge harmful behaviours and attitudes.
  • Language & Resistance
    how to manage resistance to messages of gender equity and preventing violence against women victims’ resistance to violence.
  • Communications
    Considering language use and common terminology and statistics and how to communicate these considering diversity, subjective privilege and intersectional approaches to PVAW and gender-based violence
  • Gambling and family violence a gendered lens
  • Early years training
    designed for early years educators to break down gender stereotypes with children
  • Gender Equity in Schools
    and working with the Respectful Relationships program
  • Healthy masculinities
    and mental health, men’s role as allies in PVAW
  • Sports and inclusion

Three statewide women’s health services offer specialist gender and PVAW training

Multicultural Centre for Women's Health

  • offers training and consultancy around gendered cultural competency & best practice in working with women from migrant and refugee backgrounds including migration and settlement issues; structural, cultural and individual challenges, and intersectionality, culture, power and privilege
  • other facilitation /training in: women’s leadership and advocacy program; prevention of violence against women from migrant communities; working within communities affected by female genital cutting

Women with Disabilities Victoria

  • provides education, training and mentoring with women with disabilities and organisations to break down barriers which prevent women with disabilities fully participating in life
  • undertakes workforce development to uncover the intersection between gender, disability and PVAW

Women's Health Victoria

  • offers training in gender equity and health; women, food messaging and health promotion; (Take a Stand (in the workplace), Being an active Bystander; Building workplace responses to family violence; storytelling & communication Masterclass; gender transformative change Masterclass; Monitoring & Evaluation for PVAW Masterclass

Delivering training locally – Regional women’s health services

The map below shows how the 9 regional women’s health services provide PVAW outreach across Victoria.  Women’s health services each facilitate and work with an associated Regional Primary Prevention Partnership which deliver PVAW activities (like workshops and forums) designed to suit the local social environment.  These partnerships include municipal councils, businesses, schools, sports clubs and other community-based organisations.

Women's health service work together with local partners to design and deliver training and communicate messages around PVAW and gender equity, which helps ensure that unique communities and work, learning and play spaces have training designed specifically to suit their needs.  Click on the link for your regional women’s health service to go directly to their website which describes regular and customised training they offer.

Contact us

Get in touch with Gender Equity Victoria for more information.

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