Other Campaigns, Policy and Training Resources

Understanding the Link between Family Violence and Gambling

WHIN has produced a paper to assist health, social and land-use planners to consider how local governments can work to prevent family violence in communities where harm from gambling also exists. It describes relevant public health concepts and includes suggested actions and strategies drawn from current Victorian local government policies. Download the paper here

WHIN has also produced a one-page snapshot of the link between family violence and gambling. You can download it here.












 Collected Wisdom: A Manual of Family Violence Group Work Theory and Practice

cw2coverThe second edition of this 145-page manual of ideas and insights shared by group workers in Melbourne's Northern metropolitan region of Victoria has broad applicability for group work with diverse groups of women in many settings. It includes sections on family violence group work theory and practice, group work planning, outlines for 50 session activities, and options for further reading and learning as well as a section on culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) group work.

The 2011 edition is available here.

As a Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) copyrighted resource we are happy for you to use COLLECTED WISDOM as a community education tool and for the purposes of research, planning or review as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968.  However, no part of it may be reproduced, copied, and/or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical or graphic) without the prior written permission of Women’s Health In the North.

WHIN's Contribution to the Review of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

hr1wOn April 19th 2011 Attorney-General Robert Clark announced a review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the Charter). The review is to be undertaken by a Parliamentary Committee – the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC).

The Charter has been a highly effective advocacy tool that WHIN has employed in order to assist in upholding women’s rights. Using the Charter in this way has allowed us to support agencies in our region to adequately respond to women experiencing disadvantage.

WHIN would like to see that the Charter be maintained and more specifically, retain the function of requiring public authorities (such as governments, police and public hospitals) to consider human rights when making laws, developing policies or providing services.

WHIN would also like to see the Charter strengthened and improved to protect the rights outlined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Incorporating CEDAW into the Charter and hence recognizing that women’s civil and political rights are inherently linked to their economic and social development would mean that the Charter could better address women’s health and economic security, violence against women, and the systemic discrimination women face.

To ensure that these views are registered WHIN contributed to the Charter review in the following ways:

  • WHIN wrote a detailed letter of endorsement for the submission written by PILCH Homeless Person’s Legal Clinic. Their submission can be found here and you can view WHIN’s endorsement letter here.
  • WHIN also supported a submission coordinated by Western Region Health Centre and Women’s Health West. The submission was supported by a number of health organisations from the North and West Metropolitan Regions of Melbourne including Banyule Community Health, Djerriwarrh Health Services, Dianella Community Health, HealthWest Primary Care Partnership, Nillumbik Community Health Service, North Yarra Community Health, Sunbury Community Health Centre. A copy of this submission can be found here.

The closing date for submissions to the Charter review has been extended to Friday the 1st of July. For further information please go to this section of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission website.

Priorities for Victorian Women's Health - 2014-2018

WHIN is one of 15 Victorian women's health services that have developed a platform for action on women's health through to 2018. This document builds on the work of Women's Health Matters: From Policy to Practice – Setting the Agenda for Victorian Women's Health 2006–2010 and the 10 Point Plan for Victorian Women's Health 2010-2014.

We want all levels of government and the community and health sectors to endorse this plan and its vision to measurably reduce health inequities for women in Victoria. The document recommends that the Victorian Government women's health policy and action platform should include:

  1. Development of a statewide sexual and reproductive health strategy.
  2. Investment and leadership in the primary prevention of violence against women.
  3. Research and action on th women in a changing society, specifically the impacts of climate change on the health of Victorian women.
  4. Development of a gendered mental health and wellbeing plan.
  5. Further investment in the Victorian Women's Health Program to implement initiatives arising from the actions above.

Feminism: A Personal History

Feminism is Not a Dirty Word: A Conversation With Eileen Capocchi offers a personal perspective on feminism. The making of this video was inspired by Eileen’s presentation to WHIN’s 2009 Annual General Meeting. Eileen is a 2010 inductee to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.