ACT housing policy consortium

WCHM regularly monitors the results of changes to policy and funding for housing/homelessness crisis services and their impact on women, and works with ACT women and service providers to consider how to capture data and identify evidence of the issues for and impacts on women in relation to their housing needs.

Part of this role includes participating in a housing … Read more

Improving awareness of DFV in community health settings

Women and their children experience a wide range of physical and mental health issues resulting from domestic violence. The health system deals directly with the consequences of domestic violence, and so is ideally placed to play an important role in prevention, early identification and responding to violence. WCHM received funding from the ACT Women’s Grants to develop a local resource … Read more

WCHM Quarterly December 2015

As readers may recall from this time last year, the team at WCHM like to reflect on Christmas and how women’s experiences of this time are influenced by the issues that we explore and advocate on throughout the year. The festive season exists in our social imagination as a time of magic, peace, family, enjoyment and frantic commercial activity. But … Read more

WCHM Quarterly September 2015

Today (September 28) is the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. The call to action for this year’s Global Day is to #busthemyths that still dog this essential health service. Myths such as that abortion is dangerous cloud abortion in stigma despite having been comprehensively disproved. Many wouldn’t think of the ACT as a … Read more

WCHM Quarterly June 2015

Earlier this year WCHM was pleased to host University of Canberra student Amy Brown as part of her Bachelor of Public Health. Amy made a valuable contribution to the Centre’s work in her short time here, and we are showcasing part of that contribution in this edition of the Quarterly. In the feature article Amy has explored her interest in

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WCHM Quarterly March 2015

March is endometriosis awareness month, a disease estimated to impact 1 in 10 women worldwide. Like other chronic illnesses impacting on women, endometriosis has impacts upon all dimensions of women’s lives: body image; relationships with lovers, family and friends; work, study, and leisure; and future planning. And with it hidden inside our bodies, and underneath misunderstandings about menstruation, the pain

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Women of Canberra: Photographic documentary project (2015)

Women of Canberra is an online photographic and narrative documentary about the women who call Canberra home. It is inspired by the phenomenal Humans of New York.

Women of Canberra was a community arts project that aimed to explore the diversity and experiences of women in the Canberra community. We wanted to delve into the joys, hopes and fears … Read more

WCHM Quarterly December 2014

As the festive season is upon us we wanted to take the time to reflect upon it, and on women’s experiences of it in particular. Thank you for your ongoing support and interest. Marcia and the team wish you a rejuvenating and non-laborious holiday season. May it be filled with plenty of time to do whatever it is that you

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WCHM Quarterly September 2014

In this edition we’re paying homage to feminist activism past and present. But get your shoes on, because once you’ve read Bess’ and Annelise’s essay on some of the great examples feminist mischief there’s no telling what action you’ll be inspired to!


Feminist mischief and mayhem

By Bess Harrison and Annelise Roberts  

There are times when the outrage, frustration, and

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WCHM Quarterly June 2014

If you’ve been waiting for the definitive, must-read edition of the WCHM Quarterly, this is it. In this edition we’re exploring something personal, something political, something that intersects the layers of our inner and outer worlds. This time we’re exploring body image.

WCHM defines body image as the perceptions, thoughts and feelings that we each have about our bodies. Importantly,

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