Western Health acknowledges that violence in the workplace and in the community in all forms is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. A key priority for the Health Promotion team is to challenge and change attitudes, beliefs and cultures that support violence.
We believe that violence against women is best prevented by ensuring that respectful attitudes, behaviours and beliefs are shaped in the places where we live, work, learn and play.
Violence against women is a serious, prevalent and preventable epidemic that won’t be stopped by one person, one organisation or one action alone; it needs a concerted long-term, sustained effort by individuals, communities and organisations. Since 2013 Western Health’ Health Promotion Team has prioritised the prevention of violence against women as one of its Integrated Health Promotion project areas and has
supported and facilitated numerous events and activities to strive for gender equity and a world that is free from violence.
To get involved or for more information regarding any of the projects listed, contact Trinity on TrinityGa@djhs.org.au or phone 03 9361 9360
The mentorship programs aim to support participants to influence their community to discourage the use of alcohol and other drugs, drive actions that advance gender equality and challenge violence-supportive attitudes, norms and practices. The mentorship programs acknowledge the important role that sporting clubs can have in: increasing female participation; broadening the opportunities for women and girls; and recognising the contributions of women and girls.
Local Women Paving the Way aims to increase conversations about women’s roles historically and currently in the City of Melton, and help us to work together to strive for a more equal, respectful and safe community for all. We acknowledge that Local Women Paving the Way is not a complete list of influential Melton women, and only highlights the tip of the iceberg of inspiring women to begin conversations and take first steps in acknowledging women’s contributions to our community.
The Local Women Paving the Way path is located in front entrance of the Melton Library and Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton, Victoria, Australia. The information booklet will be available at the Melton Library and Learning Hub soon.
In 2015 the Western Health Health Promotion team delivered the ‘Women Making it Happen’ campaign, a partnership project with Melton City Council to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The stories and achievements of 12 Melton women were celebrated throughout the campaign. This marked the first step in exploring how Western Health could approach community-based action to prevent violence against women in our community. For six years, local women were celebrated in this way and across the years this campaign has helped to highlight and celebrate the important roles women play in our community, while recognising their leadership in all aspects of community life.
Since its inception, the award recipients have been invited to come together to discuss issues that were most important for women in the community, particularly the prevalence and seriousness of violence against women. Collectively, the Women Making it Happen group consists of over 70 members and they have continued to identify and support projects that raise awareness of the issue. Together with Western Health, they have delivered over 30 community driven projects with a focus on preventing violence against women and striving for gender equality since 2015, directly engaging with over 12,000 community members through these efforts.