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WHISE Calls for Action: Championing Gender Equality and Respect After Yarra Valley Grammar Incident

In the wake of the deeply disturbing incident at Melbourne’s Yarra Valley Grammar School involving the objectification of female students, Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) recognises the need for a community-wide discussion centered around a positive future vision for young men and boys.  Kit McMahon, CEO of WHISE, acknowledged the gravity of the…

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Training for Respect partnership to address gendered violence in Victoria’s Vocational and Education Training Sector

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is leading a groundbreaking initiative, as a new large-scale project funded by the Victorian Government, to combat workplace gendered violence.   Supported by WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkWell Respect Fund, the project “Training for Respect” aims to establish a sustainable infrastructure for Victoria’s adult education and training sector to address and…

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WHISE joins 3CR Tuesday Breakfast to chat about 16 Days of Activism

WHISE CEO Kit McMahon is welcomed back to 3CR to chat to the Tuesday Breakfast team. They discuss our 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign and the role healthcare services can play. Kit McMahon chats about how WHISE works to support the health system and understanding of the impacts of family violence. She…

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Media Release: Talking with kids about respect this 16 Days of Activism

This 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is talking to children about respect and gender equality.  Teaching kids about respect and gender equality is essential for their personal and social development. It equips them with crucial life skills, fosters positive relationships, and contributes to a more compassionate…

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Community Block talks to WHISE about our upcoming 16 Days of Activism Campaign

WHISE once again joins the monthly Community Block show on Southern FM to chat about our upcoming 16 Days of Activism Campaign 2023. Our Prevention of Violence Against Women Lead, Danielle McCaffrey, speaks with hosts Kate and Melanie all about the campaign. This year, WHISE and other PRET partners encourage everyone to get colouring and…

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Media Release: Join Yumi Stynes and Dr Melissa Kang for an informed conversation on affirmative consent

WHISE is thrilled to announce Yumi Stynes and Dr Melissa Kang will headline an engaging webinar on affirmative consent for practitioners, educators, and professionals working directly with families, children, and young people.    With the recent publication of books such as Welcome to Consent by Yumi Stynes and Dr Melissa Kang, and Vanessa Hamilton’s Talking Sex:…

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The State of Women’s Health & Wellbeing in the Southern Metropolitan Region

Key Statistics for the Southern Metropolitan Region Mental Health – anxiety and self-harm Access to SRH Services Unpaid Care Family Violence Rates Mental Health – anxiety and self-harm  Percent of residents who have mental health conditions by gender – 2021 Census  Casey, Cardinia, Dandenong  Females – between 7.7% and 12.6%  Males – between 5.3% and…

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Supporting our Critical Friends

Prevention of Violence Against Women Lead, Danielle McCaffrey and Health Promotion Officer, Yihan Li are re-invigorating the Critical Friends Network to ensure that those working in our schools, under the Respectful Relationships initiative, have the support and encouragement they need. The Respectful Relationships initiative is a whole-school approach to the prevention of family and gender-based violence…

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Time for Equal Access in Discrimination Claims

We all deserve to be safe at work and free from discrimination and sexual harassment. While sexual harassment is pervasive across all industries and all employment levels in Australia, it is not inevitable. The Australian Government has the power to prevent discrimination and sexual harassment by adopting an equal access costs model to ensure that…