Lesbian gay bisexual transgender and intersex health and wellbeing action plan for Victoria 2014-2018

Publisher: Victorian Government

Status – CURRENT

The Victorian Government’s priorities for improving health and wellbeing outcomes among LGBTI individuals and communities.

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Priorities for Victorian women’s health 2014-2018

Published: Women’s Health Association of Victoria, March 2014

Status – CURRENT

Recommends that the Victorian Government women’s health policy and action platform should include:

  1. Development of a statewide sexual and reproductive health strategy;
  2. Investment and leadership in the primary prevention of violence against women;
  3. Research and action on women in a changing society, specifically the impacts of climate change on the health of Victorian women;
  4. Development of a gendered mental health and wellbeing plan;
  5. Further investment in the Victorian Women’s Health Program to implement initiatives arising from the actions above.
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Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 : incorporating amendments as at 1 July 2012

Source: Victorian Consolidated Acts, no. 58 of 2008

Status – CURRENT

The Framework identifies health needs particular to women (whether biological or social), promotes delivery of appropriate healthcare and health-promoting services,  and supports monitoring the impact of interventions on groups of women at most risk of poor health. The Framework focuses on issues where the detrimental health impact is disproportionately experienced by women, or where the response is different for women than for men.  The Framework places women at the centre of decision-making for their own health, and acknowledges women’s health is impacted by many factors including housing, rurality, employment and access to services.  As health outcomes are influenced by the cumulative effect over time of social determinants, a life stage approach is used to structure opportunities for enhanced delivery of services and programs.

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Indigenous family violence : primary prevention framework

Publisher: Victoria. Department of Human Services, June 2012

Status – CURRENT

The framework is a resource for Aboriginal communities to guide the development and evaluation of prevention initiatives. It is also a tool for mainstream organisations and government partners who may be working or be intending to work in the prevention of Aboriginal family violence.

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Women and Food

Publisher: Women’s Health Victoria 2012

Status – CURRENT

This paper explores various aspects of women’s health relating to food. These include the impacts of nutritional deficiency, the links between nutrition and chronic disease, women’s roles in relation to food, how a woman’s relationship with food affects her psychosocial health and the socio-economic factors that impact on access to nutritious food.

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The 10 point plan for Victorian women’s health 2010-2014

Published: Victorian women’s health services (collaboration), January 2011

Status – NOT CURRENT

The Plan reiterates the call for a whole of Victorian government strategy and action plan for improving women’s health. It aims to build on current and emerging state and national women’s health policies. The plan recommends points for Victorian government action with an emphasis on measurable, transparent outcomes. Priority areas for action are: women in a changing society; sexual and reproductive health; prevention of violence against women; mental wellbeing and social connectedness. The Plan is endorsed by more than 80 organisations.

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It’s about choice : the Victorian abortion law reform story (Video)

Published: Women’s Health Victoria, 2010 – (Women’s Health Issues Paper; 6)

Status – CURRENT

In October 2008, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation to remove abortion from the Crimes Act. Produced in 2010, “It’s About Choice” documents the campaign to achieve this reform. Providing valuable insight to the campaign, the documentary includes interviews with politicians, health experts, and women’s health advocates.

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Women and abortion : Issues Paper

Published: Women’s Health Victoria, 2010 – (Women’s Health Issues Paper; 6)

Status – CURRENT

Covers: surgical and medical abortion, late-term abortion, number of abortions, current legal context, access to abortion, attitudes to abortion, abortion myths, current issues in Victoria, and good practice in abortion service provision. Although abortion is now legalised in Victoria, there remain ongoing issues relating to the ability of women to access services. Measures are needed to improve access to termination services, raise awareness about the options available to women, and initiatives that address unintended pregnancy.

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Victorian women’s health and wellbeing strategy 2010–2014

Publisher: Victoria. Department of Health, 2010

Status – CURRENT

The four priorities for the strategy are to:

  • improve health and reduce illness;
  • enhance mental health and reduce poor mental health
  • prevent violence against women and improve the health response
  • optimize the sexual health and reproductive health of womenDownload via third party site
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Women and Physical Activity (Gender Impact Assessment No. 12)

Publisher: Women’s Health Victoria, 2010

Status – CURRENT

This report examines the gender based issues facing women with regard to physical activity. Physical activity is a gendered issue because the context of women’s lives can impact on their ability to participate in regular physical activity. Women face numerous barriers to being physically active including caring responsibilities, body image and perceptions of safety.

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