WCHM is now working with our colleagues at Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT to progress responses that will meet the identified needs from research we have been conducting over the last few months about the sexual and reproductive health needs and barriers for ACT women .
In May WCHM staff held many forums with local women who shared their views about their sexual and reproductive health, including their access to contraception and abortion. These discussions complement the results from the sexual and reproductive health survey which closed in November, and we are now busy finalising a Report on the findings by July, while also using the findings to advocate for and inform ACT responses to this important area of women’s health.
Pregnancy and domestic violence
Pregnancy is a significant time for women. But the Australian Personal Safety Survey estimated that of the 186 000 women had experienced violence by a current cohabiting partner, of those who had been pregnant, one in five (21.7%) reported that violence occurred during the pregnancy and for almost two-thirds of women (61.4%) this had been their first experience of violence in their relationship. and also an opportunity for the support systems to screen for intimate partner violence. That is why expectant mothers and new parents will be the first group of people targeted for early intervention coordinated by the ACT’s new Family Safety Hub.
WCHM’s CEO participated in a collaborative meeting on 10/11 May to discuss and identify opportunities to engage with and assist pregnant women and new parents who may be affected by domestic and family violence. And to enable better early intervention for pregnant women and new parents. This codesign is Stage 2 of the Family Safety Hub, which WCHM has been involved in developing.
The CEO attended the formal launch of the Family Safety Hub by Minister Berry on 11 May and was included in a video explaining the concept of the Hub https://www.facebook.com/communityservicesact/
The final insights from the Co-design process and the final Family Safety Hub design report can be found on the www.communityservices.act.gov.au website.