Women’s Health Victoria established the Women’s Mental Health Alliance in 2019 in the context of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.


The Alliance provides expert advice to policy makers and health services on the mental health of women and girls, and undertakes advocacy to ensure all women have access to evidence-based, gender-sensitive and trauma-informed mental health support. The Alliance works to ensure the voices of women with lived experience are centred in policy, advocacy and service delivery.

Read more about why we created the Women's Mental Health Alliance.

Why women’s mental health?

Gender is recognised as a social determinant of mental health.  However, there is a lack of awareness about the prevalence, risk factors and experience of poor mental health among women and girls. There is also limited evidence about how best to prevent and respond to mental ill health among women and girls and how to promote their mental wellbeing. 
Overall, women and girls in Australia have poorer mental health than men and boys, including: 

Read our Snapshot of women's mental health.

The impact of gender on mental health manifests in many ways. These include experiences of gender inequality, discrimination, gender stereotyping, sexualisation, sexual harassment, family violence and sexual violence, women’s disproportionate responsibility for unpaid caring work, economic disadvantage and the marginalisation of women’s health needs within the mental health service system. 

Alliance membership

The Alliance comprises representatives from the following member organisations, as well as some individual members, who actively contribute to Alliance advocacy. Associate Members support the aims of the Alliance, but may not be in a position to actively endorse Alliance advocacy.

Women’s Health Victoria (Secretariat)
Australian Services Union
Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights
Eating Disorders Victoria
Gender Equity Victoria
Gippsland Women’s Health
Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand
Jean Hailes for Women's Health
Lisa Thurin Women’s Health Centre, Cabrini
McAuley Community Services for Women
Melbourne Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVE), University of Melbourne
Mental Health Complaints Commission
Mental Health Victoria
Mercy Mental Health
Mind Australia
Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre
Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation
Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine 

Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
No To Violence
Rainbow Health Victoria
Royal Women’s Hospital
Turning Point
Safe + Equal
Sexual Assault Services Victoria
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
Women with Disabilities Victoria
Women's Health East
Women's Health Goulburn North East
Women's Health in the North
Women's Health in the South East
Women's Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West
Women's Health West
Women's Mental Health Network Victoria
Youth Affairs Council of Victoria

Associate Members
Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (Vic Branch) 
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
Victoria Legal Aid


Gender analysis of Royal Commission recommendations - June 2021

The Alliance has undertaken a gender analysis of key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to inform implementation.

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Alliance policy submissions

The Women’s Mental Health Alliance makes policy submissions to inform Victorian and national mental health reforms. 

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Women's mental health webinars

The Women’s Mental Health Alliance and Women’s Health Victoria host webinars on topical issues in women’s mental health.

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Additional evidence on gender and mental health for the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System - July 2020

The Alliance provided further evidence on gender and mental health to inform the Commissioners’ deliberations.

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Policy Briefs on COVID-19 and women's mental health

Women are significantly more likely than men to have experienced negative mental health impacts due to COVID-19.

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WHV Publications and Resources

A list of WHV’s recent mental health-related resources and publications.

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For more information about the Alliance