The Women’s Centre for Health Matters Inc. (WCHM) is a community-based not for profit organisation which works in the ACT and surrounding region to improve women’s health and wellbeing. WCHM’s objectives, as stated in the WCHM Constitution, are to improve the health and wellbeing of women in the ACT and surrounding regions, particularly those vulnerable to disadvantage. Our work is … Read more
Spring has arrived. As we witness the unfurling of fresh blossoms, see the re-emergence of the sun (and some rain), a sense of positivity begins to grow in some of us because spring is a time for renewal and fresh beginnings. Spring is a time of hope. But not for everyone – in the ACT we see a growing gap
The year is rapidly zooming pass. It’s astonishing that we are already in the middle of it. And amazing how time can fly. How fleeting time is often becomes more pronounced when one becomes a parent. Children appear to grow so fast. Being a parent can be simultaneously rewarding and challenging. In this quarterly, WCHM takes a look at motherhood … Read more
It would seem 2016 is off to a flying start. WCHM has been busy this quarter with a range of activities, much of which has been focussed on celebrations for International Women’s Day 2016. However, 2016 is also an election year for Australia and the ACT. In this quarterly we are looking at affordable and accessible housing as this is … Read more
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
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
A women’s safety assessment is a process that involves women walking through a physical environment, evaluating how safe it feels, identifying ways to make the space safer, and using that feedback to highlight the need for those changes. It may involve assessment of a site before an event or self-assessment by attendees during an event, or the assessment of public … Read more
This is a scoping project to help identify the degree to which information, services and support are relevant to younger women living with autoimmune disease(s) in the ACT and whether there is a need for further research.
This project aims to gather insight and understanding into:
- Young women’s knowledge and experience of pre-existing local programs, courses and services which are
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
To provide equal access to public resources and spaces, urban design and policy needs to incorporate the needs of men and women equally—including considering the perceptions of safety that impact on women’s and men’s use of public spaces. WCHM received funding from the ACT Women’s Grants to undertake a project that aimed to create a digital mapping tool which will … Read more