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Safety in public spaces for women – New Report from WCHM

Women marching at a Reclaim the Night event in Canberra

WCHM knows from our previous work that perceptions of personal safety can influence the extent to which some people in the ACT – especially women – use public places and spaces, preventing some people from fully participating in the community.

Previously WCHM developed and conducted safety assessments to consult with ACT women and to identify how to go about making … Read more

Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Strategy

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The ACT Government has released it’s vision of an integrated transport network that provides a range of options for moving people around Canberra. The consultation focuses on active travel, future transport, safety and accessibility.

You can provide your feedback about the draft Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Strategy at YourSay, or register for specific workshops which will be held in … Read more

Braddon Place Plan

Rainbow roundabout in Braddon

The City Renewal Authority has also unveiled a plan designed to guide the future of Braddon. The Plan sets out actions to bring Braddon’s public spaces, including its streets and parks, to a standard that will help make the area better for the people who use it. Read the Plan.

The City Renewal Authority will also host a public … Read more

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2019 Report on Government Services (RoGS)

Woman on a bus at night

The 2019 annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information about government services in Australia and Chapter 6 focused on Police services. One of the key areas reported on is Community safety.

While gender disaggregated data for the ACT were not published, the high level results for the ACT in public safety perceptions for 2017-18 were:

  • 92.6% of people felt
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Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health – Issues Paper released

The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper to guide people in preparing a submission to their Inquiry into the economic and social costs of mental illness (announced in October 2018). It sets out some of the issues and questions the Commission has identified as relevant at this early stage of the inquiry. Initial submissions are due by Friday 5th … Read more

headspace Canberra in new location

Cooyong Centre building in Braddon at night

Young people can now access headspace Canberra services at their new centrally located premises in Braddon, making it easier for young people across the ACT region to access the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.

A range of services are provided through the Canberra headspace Centre, which are funded through a number of channels, including through the ACT … Read more


National Condom Day

February 14th may be better known as Valentine’s Day but it is also National Condom Day. It is is an ideal opportunity to promote healthy sexual relationships and discussions about consent. Keep an eye out for more information on WCHM’s Facebook page and website.… Read more

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Women’s health advice from Jean Hailes

Woman sitting on beach wearing wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and long sleeved white dress

How to be SunSmart this summer

(Published with permission of Jean Hailes)

How do you know when the sun’s rays are harmful or healthful? What should you keep in mind if using fake tan? And how do you spot the signs of skin cancer?

Read the article at Jean HailesRead more