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WCHM’s work with the women in AMC

With support from an ACT Women’s Grant for a project aimed at improving the wellbeing of women in prison and transitioning into the community in the ACT and surrounding region, WCHM has been visiting the women in the AMC weekly since September and seeking their input about their information and support needs.  We have been using this information to information … Read more

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The Human Rights Principles for ACT Correctional Centres

The Human Rights Principles for ACT Correctional Centres were launched by Minister for Corrections and Justice Health Shane Rattenbury in late January. While the ACT’s Human Rights Act 2004 applies to everyone in the Territory, these formal principles clarify what that means for those in our adult correctional centres. The principles reflect what detainees, the ACT Government and the broader … Read more

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Justice Reinvestment – Building Communities Not Prisons

On Friday15th February, Minister Rattenbury announced a new justice reinvestment program for the ACT: Building Communities Not Prisons. In good news, the Minister ruled out any future expansion of the high security campus of the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), and announced an initial $14.5 million of funds will be redirected away from prison expansion into a range of community … Read more

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Healthy Prison Review

On 19 February the Office of the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services (OICS) announced it will be conducting a Healthy Prison Review of the AMC in mid-2019. This whole-of-centre review adopts the ‘healthy prison’ test that was devised by the World Health Organisation, and which has been adopted as the basis for prison standards in other jurisdictions including Her Majesty’s … Read more

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The care and management of remandees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2018

On 20 February, the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services released its first review of a correctional service. The report reviewed the care and treatment of remandees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

This review found that although remandees are required under ACT law to be treated as innocent, there is no material different in the way remandees are treated at … Read more

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WCHM Submission to Maternity Services Inquiry

WCHM put in a submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Maternity Services Inquiry which focussed on our knowledge of the views of ACT women from our consultations:

  • WCHM’s consultation in 2015-16 which explored women’s experience of accessing maternal care in the ACT, collected the stories from women about their experiences, and informed how well the current levels of care met
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PANDSI’s Cake Off 2019!

The PANDSI Cake Off event will be held at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Sunday 5th May

This year’s theme is World Cultures in Cake

PANDSI Cake Off is a lot of fun, but this year’s theme also has a serious side. Many families struggling with perinatal mental health issues experience additional challenges through their cultural background. This can be as … Read more

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Articles of Interest – Women’s safety in public spaces

What women hear walking alone at night

Walk like a Woman, is a confronting track that was launched on Spotify and that aims to raise awareness about what women can be confronted with when travelling alone in a city. The campaign outlines seven tips for men who want to help women feel safer in public. An article by the … Read more

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Vacancies – Ministerial Advisory Council on Aging

Expressions of interest are now being sought for the 2019-2021 Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (the Council). The Council provides a link between the Minister for Seniors and Veterans and older people in the ACT. The Council assists the Government in developing and implementing positive ageing policies, to advance the status and interests of older people in our community.  Expressions … Read more

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ACT Seniors Week

ACT Seniors Week, held from the 18th to the 24th of March, is Canberra’s celebration of the older community! ACT Seniors Week is filled with a range of events for Canberrans of all ages including the Chief Minister’s Concert and Seniors Week Expo.

To see the full list of events, visit the COTA website.… Read more