Women’s Health Networking events at World Congress in Melbourne

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Planning and organisation for the 15th World Congress on Public Health is well underway. The committee was thrilled that over 2000 abstracts were received. This is the first time that this important event has been held in Australia.

Early Bird registration closes soon. Click here to register.

We would like to invite you to the free women’s health networking meetings being held prior to the Congress.


Women’s Health Welcome: enriching our participation
The Boatbuilders Yard
23 South Wharf Promenade
South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria
(in front of the Congress venue on the bank of the beautiful Yarra River)
3 – 5pm Sunday 2 April 2017

As a partner organisation the Australian Women’s Health Network is hosting this special event in advance of the 15th World Congress on Public Health.


Women’s Health Conclusions: Framing the future
15th World Congress on Public Health venue
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria
(room to be advised)
12.15 – 1.15pm Friday 7 April (bring your lunch)

All delegates working and interested in improving women’s health are invited to join with the Australian Women’s Health Network again at the end of the conference to share Congress experiences and learnings, and consider outcomes and future action.

Bookings for both events can be made via the online registration form

For further information on either event contact the Australian Women’s Health Network CEO Kelly Banister: ceo@awhn.org.au

I’m also delighted that an abstract I have been involved with, has been selected for the congress and I will be co-presenting on a panel for Multitasking: Gender Transformative Practice in Public Health where we will address Equity in Health, Health promotion and Health systems. I’ll be joining Lorraine Greaves and Nancy Poole (Galvanizing Equity, Canada) and Danny Blay (Prevention of Violence Against Women).

I look forward to seeing you there.

With regards,

Kelly Banister
Chief Executive Officer    
ceo@awhn.org.au
Australian Women’s Health Network


Australian Women’s Health Network | The national voice for women’s health

AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.

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Call to Action – Paid Domestic Violence Leave

We have been working with the ACTU to support their Paid Domestic Violence Leave Case in the Fair Work Commission and we urgently need your help this week for a successful outcome.

For information about the case and what you can do please read Erin’s invitation below.

Thanks in advance for your support in this important matter.

Kelly Banister,

Chief Executive Officer,
Australian Women’s Health Network


Invitation to support the ACTU’s DV Leave Case

The hearing in relation to the ACTU’s claim for ten days paid domestic violence leave commenced last week. We are asking the Fair Work Commission to give all people subjected to family violence access to paid time off work in order to to attend appointments with medical, legal or financial professionals, or to make arrangements to relocate or ensure their children’s protection. Our legal and policy teams here at the ACTU, along with comrades right across our movement, have worked hard for two years to get us to this point. It’s a truly historical case.

As we put this case to the Fair Work Commission, unions will be taking the fight for paid domestic violence leave to COAG. Whether through the courts or the parliament, union members are determined to win this crucial workplace right.

Paid domestic violence leave will literally save lives. It’s also about saying that we will no longer tolerate a bystander society. It’s on all of us to address the crisis of family violence: and that must include employers.

We have now reached the critical stage in the campaign: this is where the battle really begins: in the courtroom, in the COAG meetings, and, perhaps most critically, in the hearts and minds of Australians.

I am writing to ask for your support as we enter this final stage. As a leading organisation and prominent public influencer, your support will make a massive difference. There are three actions that we would like you to consider:

1.   Signing our open letter of support  to be delivered to the Fair Work Commission next week in closing submissions.

http://www.australianunions.org.au/fwc_open_letter

2.   Writing your own submission to the Commission. This can be a simple short statement of support.

3    Helping to promote our petition  via social media and/or with your membership.

https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/support-family-violence-leave-for-all-workers-1

Please note that the open letter is primarily intended for organisations where as the public petition is aimed at members of the public.

Our case has already received strong support from a range of organisations and individuals including Rosie Batty, the National Retailers Association, the National Foundation of Australian Women, the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australian Women’s Health Network, several state governments and numerous domestic violence experts.

We hope that you will join with us in calling for this important reform.

Kind regards,

Erin

Erin McCoy
Industrial Officer

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Media Release – Stopping violence against women demands more than awareness raising

It is concerning that the White Ribbon Foundation is reported to be in turmoil.

Their approach to awareness raising should be subject to visible evaluation as to its impact on changing violence supportive behaviours and attitudes.

Primary prevention of domestic violence demands more than awareness raising.

It requires collaboration and co-operation in putting in place a long term, multi-level comprehensive approach as outlined in the AWHN Health and Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women paper.

White Ribbons contribution to this approach must be made visible if they are to continue to take up valuable resources.

“While it is important to raise public awareness about violence against women it is crucial this is done in ways the evidence shows to be effective,” Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) CEO Kelly Banister said.

“Awareness raising campaigns alone will do nothing to stop women being abused and murdered across this country,” she said.

“Dedicated funding must be provided to primary prevention organisations to deliver the range of activities that are known to be effective, as well as to services which can respond appropriately when violence has occurred, if we are serious about eliminating violence against women.”

Media Enquiries

Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister
contact: 0408 061 901 / ceo@awhn.org.au

Communications Coordinator, Michelle Hoare
contact: 0412 044 952 / comms@awhn.org.au


Australian Women’s Health Network | The national voice for women’s health

AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.

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Media Release – A decision on the future of AWHN

Federal government health funding cuts lead to drastic rationalisation of Australia’s only women’s health promotion peak body.

Government funding cuts to the the Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) has forced the organisation to make drastic changes to the way the 30 year old network will operate beyond 2016.

From January 2017, the organisation will become a volunteer entity with all paid staff positions to cease from 31 December, 2016.

Kelly Banister, CEO said:

“This decision was a very difficult and sad one for the AWHN Board to make.”

“AWHN has been advocating for improvements to women’s health in Australia for over 30 years.”

“The four years of federal government funding received in 2011 enabled the network to progress from a volunteer organisation with limited capacity to a highly productive professional and well-regarded health promotion charity, dedicated to the health and wellbeing of women in Australia.”

“Despite support from the Labor Party, the Greens and other cross benchers, the Liberal National party does not see a need for an independent nationally funded women’s health advisory and promotion organisation.”

“This decision is devastating for the staff, board, members and supporting organisations of AWHN.”

AWHN has received many messages of support from all over Australia during the past few months. Further updates about the organisation’s future will be posted on the organisation’s website and social media channels.


Media Enquiries

Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister
contact: 0408 061 901 / ceo@awhn.org.au

Communications Coordinator, Michelle Hoare
contact: 0412 044 952 / comms@awhn.org.au


Australian Women’s Health Network | The national voice for women’s health

AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.

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Last call for Abstracts – World Health Congress

We are a partner in the 15th World Congress on Public Health, which will be held in Australia for the first time on 3 – 7 April 2017 in Melbourne.

There are only 2 weeks left for abstracts to be submitted.

We know there is leading work being done in the women’s sector so encourage you to get your abstracts in by 26 August.

Join us in raising the impact of gender on the public health issues that matter to women, in discussion throughout the conference and by showcasing your effective strategies for improving women’s health and wellbeing outcomes.

More information here.

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Australian Women’s Health Network | The national voice for women’s health

AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.

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Media Release – Coalition response, disappointing for AWHN

The Coalition has not endorsed the first Australian Women’s Health Charter or committed to any of its four proposals.

The Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) is disappointed in the Turnbull Coalition Team response to its call for support of the Australian Women’s Health Charter if elected.

The Coalition neither acknowledged the Charter nor addressed any of its specific content.

“Investment in women’s health policies and programs was referred to in the Coalition’s response but these were ad hoc and largely focused on screening and childcare,” AWHN Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister said.

“If we are to create a fair and healthy society where Australian women experience optimal health and wellbeing we need a sustained, integrated approach based on the real conditions of people lives.”

“The Coalition’s lack of direct consideration of and support for the Charter is very disappointing,” Ms Banister said.

The full response from the Coalition can be viewed here.


Media Enquiries

Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister
contact: 0408 061 901 / ceo@awhn.org.au

National Board Chairperson, Marilyn Beaumont, contact: 0419 597 516

For enquiries contact Michelle Hoare, Communications Coordinator
contact: 0412 044 952 / comms@awhn.org.au


Australian Women’s Health Network | The national voice for women’s health

AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.

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Media Release – Women’s Health Charter Scorecard : Election 2016

Update: Scorecard has been updated since receiving a response from the Turnbull Coalition Team. 

The first Australian Women’s Health Charter, developed in the lead up to the Federal election by the Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN), called on political parties to commit to action ensuring the health and wellbeing needs of all women in Australia are met.

According to the World Health Organisation, taking action to improve gender equity in health and address women’s right to health, is one of the best ways to reduce health inequities and ensure the effective use of health resources.

“It’s evident from the responses received that the Labor Party and the Greens are showing strong political leadership when it comes to gender equality.” Kelly Banister AWHN CEO said.

“We are still waiting on a response from the Liberal Party and National Party to show their support for the first Australian Women’s Health Charter and the future of women’s health in Australia,”
Ms Banister said.

“Without a pre-election funding commitment from all parties, the future of the only independent national peak women’s health organisation is uncertain beyond December 2016.”

The Australian Women’s Health Charter Scorecard shows how each of the major parties responded to the Charter’s proposals for achieving gender equity.

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The scorecard is available on the Australian Women’s Health Network’s website here. (insert link)

Other key stakeholder organisations that have developed scorecards and policy analysis include the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association, Climate and Health Alliance, and Human Rights Watch.

More information on the first Australian Women’s Health Charter is available here.


Media Enquiries

Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister
contact: 0408 061 901 / ceo@awhn.org.au

For enquiries contact Michelle Hoare, Communications Coordinator
contact: 0412 044 952 / comms@awhn.org.au


Australian Women’s Health Network | The national voice for women’s health

AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.

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Funding and donations still urgently needed to save the Australian Women’s Health Network

Dear AWHN members, friends and supporters

We’ve had a busy few weeks in the AWHN office. The launch of the first Women’s Health Charter has been very successful.

Charter Cover Page

Thank you to those who have been sharing our social media posts and signing up to support the Charter.

You can still add your name or organisation here.

We’ve also been lobbying for government funding to support the Charter and the future of our organisation. To date we have support from the Australian Labor Party, The Greens and the Glen Lazarus Team.

We are waiting to hear from the Liberal Party, National Party and other cross benchers.

If we don’t receive bipartisan support, all paid positions at AWHN will cease at the end of 2016 and the future of the organisation will be uncertain.

You can help by making a tax deductible donation.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Every donation goes to us remaining the independent voice of women’s health in Australia, and continues the work we started 30 years ago and still do today.

Thank you for your valuable support.

Donate here

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Media Enquiries

Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister
contact: 0408 061 901 / ceo@awhn.org.au

For enquiries contact Michelle Hoare, Communications Coordinator
contact: 0412 044 952 / comms@awhn.org.au


Australian Women’s Health Network | The national voice for women’s health

AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.

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Media Release – The Australian Greens announce support for AWHN

The Australian Greens announce their support for the Australian Women’s Health Charter and commit to funding the Australian Women’s Health Network if elected.

The Australian Women’s Health Network welcomes the endorsement of the first Australian Women’s Health Charter and funding commitment by the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens Senator for Queensland and spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters advised that the Greens support:

1. A national women’s health policy.
2. Government funding for an independent women’s health peak body to provide advice and support in developing women’s health policy. This includes funding of $225,000 per year for four years.
3. Establishment of women’s advisory committees and diversity units in all federal government departments.
4. Funding for an ongoing national conversation on women’s health and sustainable ongoing funding of women’s health initiatives. This includes $100,000 towards a conference on women’s health in collaboration with the sector.

The Australian Greens have also committed to a number of other measures focusing on the social determinants of health, to improve inequality, disadvantage, violence and ill-health for women in Australia.

AWHN CEO Kelly Banister said:

“This commitment by the Australian Greens in this election in making women’s health a priority is to be commended.”

“The Australian Greens recognise the importance of the social determinants of health in improving inequality in Australia. This is demonstrated by their constructive and practical policies which will improve the lives of all women.”

“We are now waiting on a response from the Liberal Party, National Party and other cross benchers, asking them to also endorse the Australian Women’s Health Charter and commit to funding the Australian Women’s Health Network.”


Media Enquiries

For interviews with Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister
contact: 0408 061 901 / ceo@awhn.org.au
National Board Chairperson, Marilyn Beaumont, 0419 597 516

For other enquiries contact Michelle Hoare, Communications Coordinator
contact: 0412 044 952 / comms@awhn.org.au

Australian Women’s Health Network
The national voice for women’s health
AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.


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Media Release – ALP announces support for women’s health if elected

ALP announces support for the Australian Women’s Health Charter and commits to funding the Australian Women’s Health Network if elected.

The Australian Women’s Health Network is delighted at the endorsement of the Australian Labor Party for the first Australian Women’s Health Charter.

The ALP leader Bill Shorten announced their position as follows:

A Shorten Labor Government will make women’s health a national priority by committing to the Australian Women’s Health Charter as proposed by the Australian Women’s Health Network.

This will improve women’s health through a whole-of-government approach to making sure Australian women have optimal health and well-being, and access to gender based services. Labor will:

  1. Develop a National Women’s Health Policy. This will ensure there is a whole-of-government approach to women’s health and it is taken into consideration in all areas of government policy.
  2. Provide funding to the Australian Women’s Health Network to continue their important work and assist in the development of the National Women’s Health Policy. This will involve funding of $225,000 a year for four years. The Australian Women’s Health Network will work collaboratively with service providers to identify emerging issues and research areas of concern to women’s health and well-being.
  3. Labor will contribute to developing a national conversation about women’s health by providing $100,000 to develop a national conference through the Office of Women in conjunction with women’s peak health organisations to identify priorities, new policy ideas and research areas.

“This commitment by the ALP is important as it recognises the critical work of the Australian Women’s Health Network in driving better health outcomes for women and all Australians,” AWHN CEO Kelly Banister said.

“An appropriately funded, whole of government approach to addressing the significant impact of gender on health and wellbeing is crucial.”

“This work is too important is about creating a fair and healthy society and needs support across all political lines,” Ms Banister said.

“We are still waiting on responses from the other major parties and call on them to also endorse the Australian Women’s Health Charter and commit to funding the organisation.”

ALP Women’s Policy

ALP Letter of Support to AWHN


Media Enquiries

For interviews with Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Banister
contact: 0408 061 901 / ceo@awhn.org.au

National Board Chairperson, Marilyn Beaumont, 0419 597 516

For other enquiries contact Michelle Hoare, Communications Coordinator
contact: 0412 044 952 / comms@awhn.org.au


Australian Women’s Health Network | The national voice for women’s health

AWHN drives better health outcomes for all Australians through sharing analyses, research, policy developments and initiatives. The organisation links the research, work and investment that is already being done and amplifies the benefit for all Australians and the economy.

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More information on the first Australian Women’s Health Charter

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