ACT News

Office for Mental Health and wellbeing established 

The ACT Government has now formally established the Territory’s first Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing. In the 2017-2018 Budget, $2.9m was allocated over four years to establish the office which was part of the Labor-Greens parliamentary agreement.  WCHM was pleased to see the following key features of the Office which reflected input

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Women’s health advice from Jean Hailes

Contraception Misconception

As we get older, we can laugh at some of the ‘urban myths’ about pregnancy that we believed as young girls. Toilet seats and public pools were often decried as being not only responsible for harbouring sexually transmissible infections, but unwanted sperm.

Of course, neither are true. But do you know which of these statements is true?

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WCHM Reports

Julia is currently finalising the report on the consultation with ACT women about their sexual and reproductive health, which we aim to launch in mid to late July.


And Emma is now working on the second ‘hidden disadvantage’ report from NATSEM data which will focus on women in the second quintile of income, and which we hope to launch … Read more

ACT Budget 2018/19

The 2018-19 ACT Budget was released on Tuesday 6 June 2017 by Andrew Barr MLA, Chief Minister. The CEO attended the ACT Community Budget Briefing lock-up on 5th June, and the ACT Budget Breakfast on Wednesday 6th June.  WCHM was pleased to see the ACT Government’s investments in mental health; family violence and homelessness services; hospital services, hospital in the … Read more

WCHM in the Media

WCHM is featured in the media quite a bit in this last month.

WCHM’s findings about access to abortion were covered in: The Canberra Times.

WCHM also received coverage about our newly launched report and it’s findings in:  The Canberra Times and The RiotACT.

The CEO spoke on ABC radio about the value of death review teams to … Read more

WCHM Events

Gender & disadvantage: why does it matter?

WCHM, in conjunction with National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) held a successful launch of our new report – Hidden Disadvantage amongst women in the ACT (by Emma Davidson) – at a lunchtime event on Monday 6 June. The CEO introduced the new report’s findings:

  • Disadvantage is here in the ACT,
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Access to safe and legal abortion in Australia 

In last month’s newsletter, we highlighted the news about Ireland’s referendum on abortion.

This month there has been much Australian news on this topic, which reminded us that safe access  to legal abortions is still an issue in Australia. In the ACT termination of pregnancy has been legal since 2002, and legislation was passed in October 2015 by members of … Read more