What We Do


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.

As the regional women’s health service for Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region, WHIN brings together women and agencies to work towards strengthening the wellbeing, health, safety and lives of a culturally diverse population of women. We have particular expertise in meeting the needs of women who are most marginalised by the health system, and who might generally be referred to as ‘hard to reach’ or ‘at risk’.

Our work covers the municipalities of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra, where we have more than 20 years’ experience in and commitment to:

  • Promoting collaborative partnerships to improve services and programs for women;
  • Training and community education;
  • Conducting research and producing resources for women’s health; and
  • Campaigning for social, economic and environmental change to remove barriers to good health.