Health promotion

WHISE works to improve the health and wellbeing of women in the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne and focuses on two main priority areas: sexual and reproductive health, and mental health including the prevention of violence against women. Gender equity and capacity building approaches underpin all of our work within these priority areas.

Our core focus is health promotion which is defined as ‘the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions’.1

The majority of our health promotion work occurs within the primary prevention space; addressing the root causes of ill health. To achieve this, WHISE works directly with governments, organisations, education providers, and community groups to remove barriers that prevent women from achieving positive health outcomes within the region.

Socio-Ecological Model of Health


The Socio-Ecological Model of Health (depicted in the image above)13 helps us to understand how different levels of our environment interact to influence the health of an individual.


1World Health Organisation,