Influencing the ACT mental health system’s response to women

WCHM works closely with the three ACT mental health community sector peak bodies—the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network, the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT and Carers ACT—to ensure inter-sectoral collaboration and co-ordination in the planning, provision and evaluation of women’s mental health services and programs.

The focus of this collaboration is on developing, improving and maintaining a full … Read more

Summer of Respect

Summer of Respect is a summer-long anti-sexual violence campaign, designed and run by WCHM and the Canberra Rape Crises Centre. The campaign begins in late October and continues until International Women’s Day on March 8. Summer of Respect is an opportunity—unique to and within the ACT—to deliver innovative anti-sexual violence initiatives sustained over five months of the year.

The overall … Read more

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

Summer of Respect presents ‘The Hunting Ground’ public screening and panel discussion (2016)

WCHM and the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre, as part of the Summer of Respect campaign 2015/2016, presented a screening of The Hunting Ground followed by a panel discussion of local experts.

The Hunting Ground (103mins, 2015, USA)

THE HUNTING GROUND is a critically acclaimed feature documentary that chronicles the personal stories of students who have been sexually assaulted on American … Read more

Clearing the way for access to reproductive health services in the ACT (2015)

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On Thursday 29 October 2015 members of the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill 2015. This means that the ACT now has protected areas around termination of pregnancy services to ensure safe and private access for women and their support people. This sends the strong message that our elected representatives value Read more

Anti-Poverty Week Research (2014)

ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) and WCHM released data during Anti-Poverty Week in October 2014 showing that—outside of public sector employment—the industries with growing employment opportunities in the ACT that do not require degree-level qualifications are those where women are significantly over-represented, have comparatively low (full-time) wages and part-time employment is the norm. This suggests that many workers struggle … Read more

Public forum: Exploring sexual violence and institutionalisation in the ACT (2012)

In February 2012 WCHM, with a range of partner organisations, hosted a public forum exploring sexual violence and institutionalisation in the ACT. The forum was held at the National Library of Australia. The guest speakers were touching, articulate and knowledgeable, they included: Wilma, a Forgotten Australian, Kathy from the ACT Women And Prisons (WAP) Group, and Marianna, who has experienced … Read more

Reclaim what? Discussion forum (2011)

In August 2011 WCHM—on behalf of the ACT Women’s Services Network—in conjunction with the ANU Women’s Collective hosted a discussion forum titled Reclaim What?

The Reclaim What? discussion forum was an opportunity for all members of the community interested in campaigning against sexual violence to come together and talk about the future. 2011 marked the 33rd anniversary of the … Read more

ACT wheelchair accessible taxi consortium (2010)

Poor transport opportunities for women with disabilities can contribute to social isolation. Many women with disabilities in the ACT rely heavily on Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) services because they are without private vehicles and cannot access public transport easily. Taxis are very important to women with disabilities’ social inclusion and to their active participation in the social and economic life … Read more