News & Events - Women's Health Victoria 2017-03-08T00:00:00Z The most inspiring and thought-provoking tweets about International Women's Day 2017-03-08T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&ldquo;March 8 is International Women&rsquo;s Day, and in 2017 the theme is &lsquo;Be Bold for Change&rsquo;. 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.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="">Article: SBS Online (03/2017)</a></p> A deeper perception of health data 2016-07-22T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>A vital women’s’ health programme in Victoria is being boosted through an improved solution that provides easy visualisation of data.</p> <p>“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 <em>Women’s Health Victoria</em>.</p> <p>“The <em>Victorian Women’s Health Atlas</em> 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.”</p> <p><a href="">Article: Government Technology Review (07/2016)</a> &ndash; page 17</p> Classes will help women with cancer regain mobility and strength 2016-06-28T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>A free exercise program for women with breast or gynaecological cancer is about to start in Mill Park.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The program is run by BreaCan, a support service for Victorian women living with breast and gynaecological cancer.</p> <p><a href="">Article: Whittlesea Leader (27/04/2016)</a></p> Does your vulva hurt? : you could have vulvodynia 2016-06-03T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&hellip; 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 &hellip;</p> <p>&hellip; [Diagram of female external genitalia] &lsquo;The vulva refers to the external genitalia of females&rsquo;. The Labia Library / Women&rsquo;s Health Victoria &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">Article: The Conversation (02/06/2016)</a></p> Family Violence Steering Committee unveiled to overhaul our broken system 2016-05-31T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>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.</p> <p>Rita Butera, Executive Director of <em>Women’s Health Victoria</em>, is one of 21 newly-appointed Committee members that will work with the Victorian Government to co-design a new family violence system.</p> <p><a href="">Media Release: Premier of Victoria (18/05/2016)</a></p> Breast cancer survivors offer Bridge of Support for current sufferers at Sunshine Hospital 2016-04-21T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&hellip; 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 &hellip;</p> <p>&hellip; the program is hoped to reach up to 300 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer each year at Western Health &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">Article: Brimbank Leader (20/04/2016)</a></p> Encouraging gender stereotypes isn’t harmless 2016-04-13T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>WHV Letter to the Editor</p> <p>In response to article: ‘Barbie dolls don’t cause domestic violence’ <em>Crikey</em>, 7 April, 2016.</p> <hr /> <p>&ldquo;The consensus is clear that violence against women is driven by gender inequality. The World Health Organisation, Our Watch (Australia’s national body for prevention of violence against women) and the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence all agree. The current Senate Inquiry provides an opportunity to investigate how the media, entertainment, education and yes, toys, contribute to gender inequality.</p> <p>No-one is suggesting that playing with trucks will turn a boy into an abuser or that playing with dolls will turn a girl into a victim of domestic violence. But toys, children’s books and films that show boys as leaders, stars and adventurers, and girls as carers, mothers and objects of male desire reinforce gender stereotypes that contribute to a broader culture of sexism and inequality.</p> <p>It has taken decades, if not centuries, for the issue of domestic violence to be taken seriously in Australia. 18 women have been murdered already in 2016. We should be leaving no stone unturned, not mocking efforts to better understand and respond to this complicated issue."</p> <p>Rita Butera</p> <p>Executive Director, Women’s Health Victoria</p> <hr /> <p>Published in <em>Crikey</em>, 08/04/2016.</p> Labiaplasty : online video could deter women from seeking surgery, study finds 2016-01-21T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>A new Australian study has found improving women&rsquo;s understanding of the diversity in genital appearance &ndash; and dissuading them from having unnecessary surgery &ndash; could be as simple as showing them a free online video.</p> <p>&hellip; &ldquo;But it was important, [Dr. Kirkman] said, to circulate resources like the Hungry Beast video and <em>Women&rsquo;s Health Victoria&rsquo;s Labia Library</em> initiative to help women understand that a normal vulva is different for everyone.&rdquo; &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">Article: ABC Online (18/01/2016)</a></p> Melton tops regional teen pregnancy list 2015-12-10T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>The recently published <em>Victorian Women&rsquo;s Health Atlas</em> found, for every 1000 women who gave birth in Melton last year, almost 13 were teenagers &ndash; 40 per cent higher than the western metropolitan average.</p> <p>&hellip;<em>Women&rsquo;s Health Victoria</em> Chief Executive Rita Butera, who oversaw the compilation of the health atlas, said teenagers and women in outer suburbia face difficulties accessing contraception, including emergency contraceptives &hellip;</p> <p>&hellip; Ms Butera said it was important women&rsquo;s services access young people to talk about contraception in a bid to curb unwanted and unplanned pregnancies &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">Article: Star Weekly (Melton and Moorabool) (27/11/2015)</a></p> Victorian Upper House passes abortion clinic protest buffer zone law 2015-12-10T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>A ban on protesters going within 150 metres of abortion clinics has become law in Victoria after the upper house voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bill.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to the bill, women making personal and often difficult health decisions in relation to pregnancy can expect the same degree of privacy, safety and dignity that all Victorians are entitled to when accessing health services,&rdquo; Rita Butera, Executive Director of Women&rsquo;s Health Victoria, said.</p> <p><a href="">Article: The Age (27/11/2015)</a></p> Protesters angry at Vic abortion law 2015-11-27T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>Anti-abortion protesters are angry about being banned from going within 150 metres of abortion clinics in Victoria.</p> <p>&hellip; Women&rsquo;s health advocates are overjoyed the ban will prevent patients and staff from being exposed to &ldquo;intimidating, disrespectful and obstructive behaviour&rdquo;. &ldquo;This legislation addresses a longstanding issue,&rdquo; Women&rsquo;s Health Victoria Executive Director Rita Butera said. &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">Article: Herald Sun (27/11/2015)</a></p> Victoria's world-class public health services honoured 2015-11-19T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&hellip;“Now in their 11th year, the <em>2015 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards</em> recognise quality, innovation and excellence by government-funded healthcare providers and organisations delivering public health research and/or programs” &hellip; &ldquo;Award Category: Excellence in women’s health &ndash; Gold Winner &ndash; Women’s Health Victoria &ndash; The Labia Library&rdquo; &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">Media Release: Victoria. Minister for Health (19/11/2015)</a></p> Female genital cosmetic surgery : investigating the role of the general practitioner 2015-11-19T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&hellip;“This novel study, which explored the role of the GP in managing FGCS, has demonstrated that the education of GPs on FGCS may enable better outcomes for women with concerns regarding their genital appearance. Access to visual resources, such as the Labia Library, and the development of guidelines for GPs on FGCS, would go some way to addressing this.” &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">Article : Female genital cosmetic surgery : investigating the role of the general practitioner. Australian Family Physician (11/2015)</a></p> New guide putting a stop to violence before it occurs 2015-11-19T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&hellip;“A new online guide launched by Women’s Health Victoria has been developed to support primary prevention efforts for violence against women” &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">Media Release : New guide putting a stop to violence before it occurs. Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (28/10/2015)</a></p> Family violence prevention funding boost 2015-11-19T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&hellip;Minister Richardson announced the funding at the launch of a new online guide developed by Women’s Health Victoria. &hellip; “The development of the <em>Equality and Safety For Women Guide</em> builds on years of expertise in raising awareness about the link between family violence, gender inequality and poor health outcomes for women.” &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">Media Release : Family violence prevention funding boost. Victoria. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence (27/10/2015)</a></p> It's still our bodies and our choice 2015-10-23T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&hellip; &ldquo;Since a thorough and diligent review in 2008 by the Victorian Law Reform Commission, abortion is legal until 24 weeks — though second-trimester termination is still extremely rare. Women’s Health Victoria’s Rita Butera told me yesterday that only about .5 to one per cent of abortions happen after 20 weeks&rdquo;. &hellip;</p> <p><a href="">News article : It&rsquo;s still our bodies and our choice. Herald Sun (22/10/2015)</a></p> Community bands together to protect women’s reproductive rights 2015-10-23T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&hellip; Health, women’s, legal, youth and community groups, unions and political parties have all signed an open letter to Premier Daniel Andrews to support the government in its stance not to change our abortion laws.</p> <p>Rita Butera, Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria has said, “This letter demonstrates there is very strong and broad community support for the rights of women to access essential reproductive health care.”</p> <p><a href="">News article : Community bands together to protect women’s reproductive rights. Foreign Affairs (NZ) (20/10/2015)</a></p> MPs may be given free vote on late-term abortion Bill 2015-10-23T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&hellip; 40 organisations will attend an event this morning to show support for Victoria’s existing abortion laws. Among those attending is Women’s Health Victoria executive director Rita Butera, who has penned a letter to Premier Daniel Andrews along with other supporters calling for the Government to vote against the proposed Bill.</p> <p>“Our current abortion laws were established in 2008 after thorough examination by the Law Reform Commission and Parliament. They reflect research evidence and clinical best practice,” Ms Butera said.</p> <p><a href="">News article : MPs may be given free vote on late-term abortion Bill. Herald Sun (20/10/2015)</a></p> Barriers to abortion remain in Victoria seven years after decriminalisation 2015-10-12T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>Executive Director of Women&rsquo;s Health Victoria, Rita Butera​, said more should be done to ensure public and private health services provide women with consistent professional and unbiased advice about their options. &ldquo;I think most people would think it is a right,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Governments and service providers should be showing leadership.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="">News article : Barriers to abortion remain in Victoria seven years after decriminalisation. The Age (09/10/2015)</a></p> Fiona Patten To Introduce Bill For Harassment-Free Zones Around Abortion Clinics 2015-09-09T00:00:00Z Clearinghouse <p>&ldquo;Freedom of speech does not entitle someone to a captive and unwilling audience, nor does it give them the right to harass others,&rdquo; Butera said</p> <p><a href="">News article : Fiona Patten To Introduce Bill For Harassment-Free Zones Around Abortion Clinics. The Huffington Post Australia (31/08/2015)</a></p>