COVID-19 and Women’s Health


Based on the emerging evidence, the principles of emergency response communication and VicHealth Healthy Persuasion Messaging, WHISE has identified key messages that can be communicated broadly about the COVID-19 pandemic and gender across our key priority areas of work:

COVID-19: An Assessment of our Partners Need During the Pandemic

In late March and early April 2020, as the pandemic escalated and public health requirements were put in place, WHISE reached out to its partners to understand what role, the regional women’s health service could play, and how our partners were responding.

The result of these interviews is contained in this report and underpins the work that we are doing in response to the pandemic including the COVID-19 and Women’s Health campaign and the translation of our services to an online environment.

Download COVID-19: An Assessment of our Partners Need Full Report
Download COVID-19: An Assessment of our Partners Need Executive Summary

WHISE encourages our partners to get behind this campaign by accessing the social media toolkit that is relevant to their priority area and sharing the content with their community.

Social Media Toolkit

On behalf of the Good Health Down South and Preventing Violence Together partnerships, WHISE has compiled a social media toolkit for organisations looking to spread the message about the gendered impact of COVID-19.

The toolkit includes downloadable images, captions and links to relevant resources and website that can be shared across multiple platforms. The captions can be used for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and shortened for Twitter.

WHISE has worked with experts to translate some of these messages to support communication through our diverse region in Dari, Punjabi and Rohingya. Download these translated messages via Google Drive.

Please email whise to share your thoughts, feedback and suggestions.

COVID-19 Bulletin from WHISE

Our partners are increasingly asking for direction and support on how a gender lens can be applied to the pandemic, and the responses and interventions that are occurring. To meet this need the team at WHISE has put together a COVID-19 Bulletin. We will continue to release bulletins that are underpinned by our values of learning, leadership, collaboration, integrity and innovation, which provide relevant information around COVID-19 and share emerging practice in primary prevention.

Subscribe to COVID-19 Bulletin from WHISE

Sector Updates and COVID-19 Resources

For more information and sector updates visit SouthSafe COVID-19 Resources

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services: QR codes -translated information relating to COVID-19 in community languages

Enliven: Solving Problems Together

Enliven: You Are Not Alone Family Violence Resource

Enliven: What is Family Violence? A3 poster

Respect Victoria: Respect Each Other: 'Call It Out' social media toolkit

Gender Equity Victoria: COVID-19 Bulletin

Immigrant Women’s Support Service: Equality Wheel

Northern Community Legal Centre: COVID-19 and Family Violence Factsheet

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services: Family violence crisis response and support during coronavirus

Victoria Police: Family violence: what police do

Victoria Police: There is no excuse for family violence (videos available in English and 12 other languages)

Victorian Government: Staying Apart Keeps Us Together Multicultural Campaign

WHISE: E-delivery of Primary Prevention: Tips and tricks for webinar delivery - full version

WHISE: E-delivery of Primary Prevention: Tips and tricks for webinar delivery - two pager

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