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Why WHIN?

What We Do

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Making women’s health a priority

The work of Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) aims to strengthen women’s health, safety and wellbeing, with a strategic focus on preventing violence against women, sexual and reproductive rights, economic participation and environmental justice. WHIN's Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) Coordination Team leads the implementation of the Victorian Government's family violence reforms in Melbourne's northern metropolitan region.

We offer a range of programs, training and community services as well as research and advocacy across our four priority areas. At the heart of our work is advocacy on behalf of women to governments, organisations and communities to drive social, economic and environmental change that removes the barriers to health, safety and wellbeing. We work to enable women to effect change in their lives and encourage organisations to be leaders in developing effective programs, policies and practice that improves women’s health, safety and wellbeing. We work collaboratively with health and community organisations to advocate for governments at all levels to make women’s health a priority.

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Why We Do It

Healthy Women, Healthy Communities

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Women’s health, women’s lives

At Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) we recognise that the health and wellbeing of each woman is determined by the social, cultural and economic factors governing her life, not only her physical health status. Poverty, childcare responsibilities, single parenthood, low wages, domestic violence and sexual assault are just some of these factors. By supporting individual women and the health and community workers in the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne to recognise and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, we believe we can empower women to bring about change, make informed choices about their health and gain equal access to good health, safety and wellbeing.

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Vision, Mission, Values

Our Vision

Women in the north have voice, choice and power in all aspects of their health, safety and wellbeing.

Our Mission

WHIN will address gender inequities and the determinants of women's health, safety and wellbeing through leadership, advocacy, research, knowledge translation and strategic partnerships.

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Our Values

WHIN is a feminist, ethical, inclusive and courageous organisation.

Our Strategic Objectives

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