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New WCHM report on sexual and reproductive health

On 7 October, WCHM released our latest report Improving Choices and Options: The views of ACT women about their sexual and reproductive health needs. The report details the findings from the responses of 510 ACT women to a survey conducted during late 2017 and early 2018. This local ACT consultation by WCHM was an opportunity for ACT women to share … Read more

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SANE Forums

In partnership with SANE Australia, Women’s Centre for Health Matters now offers the SANE Forums on our main website and the Borderline in the ACT website. The Forums provide a peer-to-peer service. The Forums are anonymous and moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals to ensure they remain safe and welcoming for all members of the community.  The online forums … Read more

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WCHM submission to Maternity Services Inquiry

The Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services is holding an inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT, and WCHM will be making a submission to the Inquiry based on our consultation with 80 women in 2016, Women and Maternal Care in the ACT Consultation report and our more recent consultations with ACT women and services in … Read more

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BPD Training workshops with BPD Awareness ACT

Natalie Malcolmson from BPD Awareness ACT is offering two workshops for community service providers working with BPD and other complex mental illnesses . Natalie cares for her partner who has BPD and is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offering her skills to training those with, caring for, or working with BPD and other mental illnesses. Natalie is committed to increasing … Read more

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DVPC Extraordinary Meeting Report 2018 released

On 12 October 2018, the Domestic Violence Prevention Council’s report was released which outlines a number of recommendations arising from the Extraordinary Meeting held in April this year, and which focuses on the needs of children and young people impacted by domestic and family violence including sexual violence.

As Chair of the DVPC, Marcia Williams was interviewed on ABC radio. … Read more

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Multicultural Women’s Health Network meeting

Emma Davidson from WCHM attended a Multicultural Women’s Health Network meeting in Melbourne on 25 to 26 October. The meeting was hosted by Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, and included representatives from around Australia.

While not all multicultural women are migrants, there was a clear focus during the discussions on the specific issues facing women who are migrants. Issues raised … Read more

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October is Mental Health Month

BPD Awareness Week 1 – 7 October
Mental Health Awareness Week 7 – 13 October   
WCHM posted a series of articles during BPD and Mental Health Awareness weeks about Why Women’s Mental Health Matters!  If you missed the articles click on the links below:

http://www.wchm.org.au/why-womens-mental-health-matters/

http://www.borderlineintheact.org.au/bpd-awareness-week-2018/Read more

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Report on review of sexual harassment at University of Canberra

A review by former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick found that more than 90 per cent of students who were sexually harassed on campus at the University of Canberra did not report it to the institution and student confusion about how to report sexual misconduct to the university was a major theme in the review. 26 per cent of all … Read more

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ACT Health’s Healthy and Active Living Strategy

Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Meegan Fitzharris, has provided an update on the development of the Healthy and Active Living Strategy for Canberra.

There is a focus on preventive health, expanding on the  Healthy Weight Initiative.

University of Canberra will receive funding for a concept proposal to develop a centre of excellence in preventive health. The Minister says this … Read more