2018 WCHM International Women’s Day Event follow-up

Additional photos from the WCHM International Women’s Day Event are now available online, along with the two reports launched on the day:

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Steering Committee for Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children involved with child protection

Following a co-design process with community members and experts, a Steering Committee has been formed to oversee the review into the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children involved with Child and Youth Protection Services. The review, now known as Our Booris, Our Way will be overseen by a wholly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Steering Committee and will … Read more

Boost for mental health early intervention services

On 16 March, $200,000 in new funding was announced for headspace to deliver ‘onespace’ sessions (solutions-based therapy) for young people aged 12 to 25.  Headspace supports young people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns and/or substance use issues, as well as their family and friends. Sessions are evidence-based, pragmatic and focus on young person’s current needs and … Read more

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ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services begins

On 14 March it was announced that Mr Neil McAllister has been appointed as the ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services. The establishment of the independent role of Inspector of Correctional Service was a government commitment in response to the recommendations of the independent review by Philip Moss into the death in custody of Steven Freeman.

The Inspector of Correctional … Read more

Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence—Policy approaches and responses

On 27 March 2018, WCHM gave evidence to the Committee’s public hearing inquiring into domestic and family violence—policy approaches and responses.   The CEO responded to questions relating to WCHM’s submission which can be found here.

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Volunteering Awards 2018

Volunteering and Contact ACT has been hosting annual Volunteering Awards since 1991. Now in their 27th year, these Awards are the premier recognition event for volunteers in the Canberra Region. The Awards attract a diverse range of nominations and attendees from every sector, including community organisations, environment, sport and recreation, the arts, business, and education.

Nominations close 6 April 2018. Read more

2018 ACT Women’s Award winners

In the lead-up to IWD, the 2018 ACT Women’s Awards winners were announced at an event on 6th March by Minister Berry. Thirty one nominations were received and the winners of the 2018 ACT Women’s Awards were:

  • 2018 ACT Woman of the Year, Ashleigh Streeter-Jones;
  • 2018 ACT Young Woman of the Year, Caitlin Figueiredo; and
  • 2018 ACT Senior Woman
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Exploring what impacts on ACT women’s ability to maintain healthy behaviours

Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM) is holding a community consultation about ACT women’s experiences of healthy eating and physical activity.  Messages about health are everywhere. We are bombarded with information from multiple sources daily.  Health messages and strategies can be confusing or conflicting, and as women are busier than ever it is important to know how they can be … Read more

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Submission on draft Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2018

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA invited WCHM to provide a submission on the draft Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2018.

The Bill aims to change the definition of sexual consent in the ACT to requiring free and voluntary affirmative consent, consistent with other Australian jurisdictions.

The draft Bill and its Explanatory Statement, and a discussion paper from Caroline Le Couteur’s … Read more

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Submission on Housing Choices

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate are conducting a Housing Choices consultation. The end result, from late 2018 through to September 2020, will be the planning, design and construction of demonstration housing projects in Canberra.

WCHM’s submission to the consultation included suggestions and views from women who attended forums during 2017, as well as community sector organisations who attended … Read more