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Women’s Health Victoria

Women’s Health Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation focussed on improving the lives of Victorian women.

We undertake strategic health promotion and advocacy to improve women’s health,
and provide a number of direct services.

Our vision is: Women living well – healthy, empowered, equal.

Our work is guided by our Strategic Directions 2015-2018.

Women’s Health Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

Issues Paper: Growing up unequal – Young women’s health

Our latest Issues Paper, Growing up unequal: how sex and gender impact young women’s health and wellbeing, takes a comprehensive look at how sex and gender expectations impact health outcomes for young women, ultimately finding that the most effective way to reduce the risk of poor physical, emotional and mental health outcomes for women is to create a more equal society for girls to grow up in.

View the Full issues paper, fact sheet and infographics

Issues Paper: Serving up inequality – Women and food

Our recent Issues Paper, Serving up inequality: how sex and gender impact women’s relationship with food, explores various aspects of women’s health relating to food. When it comes to food, women’s health is influenced by more than the nutrients consumed. Though biological factors of sex and life-stage affect women’s nutritional needs, women’s food choices and dietary practices are strongly influenced by structural, social and economic factors.

View the Full issues paper, fact sheet and infographics

Counterpart connects, supports and informs women with breast or a gynaecological cancer to live well

On 31 May 2017, Women’s Health Victoria welcomed over 100 guests to launch the new name of their valued cancer support service, BreaCan. Dale Fisher, CEO of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, unveiled the new brand, Counterpart – Women supporting women with cancer to great fanfare.

BreaCan has provided quality support and information to women living with breast or a gynaecological cancer more than 25,000 times since opening in 2003. As Counterpart, the service will continue to provide the same high quality support to women across Victoria.

Read the Counterpart media release

Visit the new Counterpart website

Victoria’s first Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy

This International Women’s Day the women of Victoria have something special to celebrate – the state’s first strategy for women’s sexual and reproductive health!

We are delighted that the government has taken this bold step towards gender equality and improved health outcomes for Victorian women and girls.

“It is our hope and expectation that all Victorian women will have improved access to affordable, high quality contraception, pregnancy advice and termination services as a result of the Strategy” said Rita Butera, Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria.

Read the Women’s sexual and reproductive health strategy and priority action plan

Read the related WHV media release

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WHV in the news

Victoria’s first sexual and reproductive health helpline

WHV cited in 'Victorian Government Media Release' 08/03/2018. Read more

More sexual and reproductive services for Victorian women

WHV cited in 'Victorian Government Media Release' 07/09/17. Read more

Counterpart support service provides friends indeed to friends in need

Counterpart cited in 'Health Victoria' 13/07/17. Read more

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