This annual report contains a review of activities, and achievements of Women's Health Victoria for the period July 2022 to June 2023.
Women’s Health Victoria commends the findings of the six-month-long inquiry that explored barriers to sexual and reproductive health care access in Australia.
This submission highlights key issues in sexual and reproductive health service access and equity as observed by Women's Health Victoria through engagement with service providers and with service seekers.
Recent news that Medibank customers’ private data, including their use of abortion services, has been published on the dark web by hackers risks the safety of abortion patients.
The Victorian abortion sector is extremely concerned to see the news that landmark abortion access legislation in America, known as Roe v. Wade, has been overturned. Victoria has some of the strongest and most progressive abortion legislation in Australia and this legislation remains in place to protect Victorians' reproductive autonomy.
Victorian health services have provided a united front in support of abortion access in response to the overturning of landmark Roe v Wade abortion legislation in America with hospitals, women’s health services and community health organisations signing on to a state-wide statement of support for abortion provision.
Women in Victoria can now seek support for their sexual and reproductive health needs from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with the 1800 My Options phone service expanding its hours from September 1, 2021.