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More sexual and reproductive services for Victorian women

To mark Women’s Health Week, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy announced plans to establish eight new family planning centres throughout Victoria – including four regional locations – over three years. The centres will deliver timely, affordable, locally-based sexual and reproductive health advice to all local women.

“In addition, Victorian women – no matter where they live – will be able to access expert, evidence-based advice with Women’s Health Victoria chosen to establish and operate Victoria’s first pregnancy support help line.”

“The announcements follow the Labor Government’s launch of Victoria’s first-ever Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Plan earlier this year, supported by $6.6 million in new funding.”

Media Release: Victoria. Minister for Health (07/09/2017)


Counterpart support service provides friends indeed to friends in need

Women’s Health Victoria recently welcomed over 100 guests to the launch of Counterpart as the new name for cancer support service BreaCan.

“We believe Counterpart – women supporting women with cancer – tells women who we are and what we do, and puts peer support at the heart of the service,’ said Women’s Health Victoria Executive Director – Rita Butera.”

Article: Health Victoria (13/07/17) – page 13


When women don't like their vulvas

“Concern that their vulvas aren’t "normal” is prompting a growing number of women to have surgery. This has been the focus of Curtin University Psychologist and Researcher Dr Gemma Sharp, one RN’s top five scientists under 40.

Dr Amy Webster from Women’s Health Victoria also speaks with Life Matters, as well as “Tilly”, a mother concerned about her daughter’s interest in this surgery, and “Emma”, a young woman who has had labiaplasty."

Radio Interview: ABC Radio National (11/07/2017)


Knowing your labia on Breakfasters

What does a “normal” labia look like? What is driving the increased demand of labioplasty? These are some of the questions leading to the creation of The Labia Library, an initiative from Women’s Health Victoria. It provides women with access to unaltered images of women’s genitalia, in order to dispel concerns and myths due to the rise of censored and altered images in pornography. Dr Amy Webster of Women’s Health Victoria joins the Breakfasters to discuss this vital resource.

Radio Interview: 3RRR Radio Melbourne (18/04/2017)


The most inspiring and thought-provoking tweets about International Women's Day

“March 8 is International Women’s Day, and in 2017 the theme is ‘Be Bold for Change’. We have collected the smartest, funniest, most inspiring and most thought-provoking tweets, so you can see how people are marking the occasion around the world.”

Article: SBS Online (03/2017)


A deeper perception of health data

A vital women’s’ health programme in Victoria is being boosted through an improved solution that provides easy visualisation of data.

“Access to reliable data is critical to our efforts to improve health outcomes. It is an important tool in program and policy design and evaluation. Until now we haven’t been able to easily access gender-specific data on key health issues,” said Rita Butera, Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria.

“The Victorian Women’s Health Atlas makes visible the differing experiences of women and men and provides an evidence base for planning and monitoring which will contribute to lasting improvements in women’s health.”

Article: Government Technology Review (07/2016) – page 17


Classes will help women with cancer regain mobility and strength

A free exercise program for women with breast or gynaecological cancer is about to start in Mill Park.

Stepping into Wellness will offer women the opportunity to learn gentle exercises, as well as meet other women who have been through similar cancer ­experiences.

The program is run by BreaCan, a support service for Victorian women living with breast and gynaecological cancer.

Article: Whittlesea Leader (27/04/2016)


Does your vulva hurt? : you could have vulvodynia

… Around 16% of women will have vulvar pain lasting longer than three months. They aren’t neurotic or promiscuous. It’s likely they are suffering from a condition called vulvodynia …

… [Diagram of female external genitalia] ‘The vulva refers to the external genitalia of females’. The Labia Library / Women’s Health Victoria …

Article: The Conversation (02/06/2016)


Family Violence Steering Committee unveiled to overhaul our broken system

The announcement today of the membership of the Family Violence Steering Committee marks the next phase of the reform agenda, with the Government working with the community to review and implement the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Rita Butera, Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria, is one of 21 newly-appointed Committee members that will work with the Victorian Government to co-design a new family violence system.

Media Release: Premier of Victoria (18/05/2016)


Breast cancer survivors offer Bridge of Support for current sufferers at Sunshine Hospital

… Mrs Lowe is a volunteer with BreaCan’s new Bridge of Support program at Sunshine Hospital. The program sees specially-trained woman who have lived through breast cancer offer support and information to breast cancer patients …

… the program is hoped to reach up to 300 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer each year at Western Health …

Article: Brimbank Leader (20/04/2016)


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