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The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget: What does it mean for women our region?

A gender-lens analysis from WHISE on the 2021-22 Victorian State Budget, handed down by Treasurer Tim Pallas on 20 May 2021, and its impact for women in our region. Government Budgets – local, state or national – are big events. Budgets define how governments fund services and programs, tell us how resources are being prioritised and how taxes from community are used.  They also…

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Victorian Government promising investment for women, health and equality

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) has welcomed the State Government’s ongoing commitment to women, health and equality across Victoria. WHISE warmly welcomed the investment and leadership in mental health, jobs and the caring industries and especially the boost to Women’s Health Services funding for the next 12 months. “The boost to the funding…

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Why Women Walk: Frank to Schanck Challenge Event

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is pleased to support Frank to Schanck Challenge Event, a three-day trek for women organised by grassroots initiative, The Women’s Spirit Project. On Friday 30 April, 70 women will begin walking the 70km trek in an event aimed at raising awareness and engaging women in fitness, health and…

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WHISE recommends the Victorian Government apply a gender lens to their 10-Year vision for social and affordable housing

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) submitted a response to the Victorian Government’s 10-year vision for social and affordable housing applying a gender lens to demonstrate the need for equitable access to housing for women.  “Women are most negatively impacted by housing instability and homelessness and the two biggest risk factors are domestic and…

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A partnership to support women’s wellbeing in Frankston

Today, Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) announced a partnership to empower women experiencing disadvantage in and around Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area of Melbourne, through the Why Women Walk 70km Walking Challenge from Frankston to Cape Schanck from 30 April to 2 May 2021. “This is a perfect fit for WHISE. Our two…

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WHISE welcomes final report of the Mental Health Royal Commission

Opportunity to support women’s mental health in implementation of recommendations Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) welcomed the tabling of the final report from Victoria’s Royal Commission into Mental Health and its significant contribution to social reform. The final report is a major statement of reform on Victoria’s mental health system – a system…

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State Budget must be equitable for Southern Melbourne to recover from the Pandemic

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) has joined other women’s health services and gender equity leaders across Victoria today to call for a total investment of $271.2 million to drive recovery after the COVID-19 she-cession. In the last 12 months, Victorian women have incurred a greater rate of job loss than men, carried the…

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Gender Equity Victoria Partnership Announcement

WHISE a part of the Panel of Providers for the Commission on Gender Equality in the Public Services  Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is delighted to be a key partner in the Action for Gender Equality Partnership (Gender Equity Victoria Partnership), which is one of the Panel of Providers announced by the Commission…

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Lack of certified prescribers limiting women’s access to timely and local reproductive health care

Lack of certified MS-2 Step prescribers, the medication for an early medical abortion, is limiting women’s access to timely and local reproductive health care Written by Jess Elsworth, Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer, WHISE 11/12/2020 An important part of a women’s sexual and reproductive health care is access to early medical abortion (under nine weeks’…