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Women’s Health Matters is an independent, non-partisan think tank that works to improve the health and wellbeing of women in the ACT and surrounding region.

We advocate on behalf of all ACT women, especially those experiencing disadvantage and vulnerability.

We seek to improve the health and wellbeing of anyone who identifies as a woman.

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Women’s Health Matters is committed to reconciliation and acknowledges the First Australians whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history, as the traditional custodians of this continent. We also recognise the history of dispossession experienced by the First Australians and the impact this has and continues to have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We recognise the Ngunnawal People as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise the strength of Aboriginal women and their continuing connection and contribution to this land, these waters, and our communities. May we walk gently and treat the earth and each other with care and respect.

New Submission to Sexual Assault Reform

Earlier this year Women’s Health Matters undertook a survey about ACT women’s experiences of seeking help following a sexual assault. This was done to complement our research in 2016 on women’s experiences of seeking help for domestic violence, and also to inform the ACT Government’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program which was formed in early this year.

The aim of our research was to understand the needs of ACT women who have been sexually assaulted and the way they approach seeking help in the ACT – and an important part this was to gain an understanding of women’s views on what worked and what didn’t, and their suggestions for how the response system could be improved to better support women seeking supports for mental and physical health, community support, and police and legal services.

We would like to acknowledge our Health Promotion Officer Pip Courtney-Bailey for leading the survey, Health Promotion Officer Julia Tran for the analysis and the Office for Family Safety in assisting us recently finalise the report.

Click here to read our submission including the findings from the survey of ACT women’s experiences of seeking help after a sexual assault.

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International Day of People with Disabilities is held on 3 December each year. This year the theme is 'Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world'. Women with disabilities are often subjected to specific forms of gender-based violence as well as all the forms non-disabled women face too. Honouring and supporting leadership by women with disabilities is a keyway to help prevent this violence. Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) have excellent resources which were created by and for women with disabilities. It includes information about leading and taking part, as well as safety and violence, in accessible formats: bit.ly/3EaoBKrYou can also check out Women with Disabilities ACT for local information: bit.ly/3lu2xD4#16days #IDPwD ... See MoreSee Less
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World AIDs Day is held on 1 December each year. The theme for Australia this year is 40 years of HIV – where to next? World AIDS Day raises awareness across the world and in the community about HIV and AIDS and encourages people to show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS and those who have died.As a community and as individuals we can help reduce discrimination and stigma experienced by those with HIV by learning more and encouraging others to do the same!bit.ly/3FFE4CI#wheretonext ... See MoreSee Less
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Our Health Promotion Officer, Romy, attended the Harmony through Financial Security workshop on Sunday 14 November. The workshop was hosted by Alo Enlightened Women Incorporated and was designed to support women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in relation to financial security. Romy spoke to the group about affordable health services in Canberra and the relationship between economic wellbeing and health and wellbeing. To access information on financial resources please visit our website: bit.ly/3DWX3IuTo access information regarding CALD financial resources please visit the Alo Enlightened Women website: bit.ly/3xy6GL7 ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender - Based Violence campaign. This year’s theme is 'Orange the world: End violence against women now!'Everyone has a role to play in helping to end violence against women. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact: 📞The Domestic Violence Crisis Service (02) 6280 0900📞1800Respect – 1800 737 732You can also check out our website for resources for supporting Canberra women: bit.ly/3HxJv8b 📸 UN Women ... See MoreSee Less
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This week is Social Inclusion Week and this year’s theme is Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate! Key communities who can often feel excluded are young people 12-25 years old, jobless families with children, people with a disability or mental illness, those who are homeless, the elderly, multicultural groups, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The week aims to help all people in Australia feel included and valued.Visit our website to find out how we’re doing our part: bit.ly/3qUezcF#socialinclusionweek ... See MoreSee Less
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On Tuesday 16 November, ACT Health released their LGBTIQ+ Health Scoping Study. The Study included ✔️a literature review✔️face-to-face stakeholder engagement✔️a focus group✔️the creation of an LGBTIQ+ Health Reference Group and ✔️an LGBTIQ+ community survey. The study gives insights into important information and recommendations related to the LGBTIQ+ health resources for same sex attracted women and people with a cervix, and Maternity and Reproductive Services and features past research from Women’s Health Matters. Women’s Health Matters will be considering options to contribute to implementation of some of the recommendations in the Scoping Study. Check it out here: bit.ly/30w0Xck ... See MoreSee Less
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