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Media Release – Victorian Budget 2021

Gippsland Women’s Health welcomes additional Victorian Government funding to support women in the region access health care services.

Gippsland Women’s Health (GWH) is one of 12 Women’s Health Services across Victoria that will receive a welcome funding boost of $200,000 as part of the State Government’s budget announcement yesterday.

Following a joint budget submission by Victoria’s Women’s Health Services, led by the peak body GenVIc, the government announced a number of other important investments including a Gender equality budget unit within Treasury and the creation of 47,000 gender equal jobs in the care economy including mental health early childhood and COVID-19 healthcare.

GWH CEO, Kate Graham said “We are delighted that the Victorian Government has listened and responded to our call for additional funding for women’s health services across Victoria. There needs to be a continued investment in women’s health services particularly in rural and remote areas where women’s health and safety is paramount to their contribution to our economic recovery. The health promotion and prevention work that is undertaken by GWH and the statewide women’s health services will mean more support for women following drought, bushfires and COVID-19. Our primary focus is ensuring that we assist women in Gippsland to be able to reach the health and support services they need and to encourage and support them to prioritise their health, well-being and safety.”

Ms. Graham explains the subsequent disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted women’s mental health, their financial and employment disadvantage and tragically increased the risk of family violence. “This budget announcement will assist our work and ensure more women can gain access to critical health and support services and resources in areas such as sexual and reproductive health, cancer screening and improved mental health services in our region.”

GWH is recognised as a leader in women’s health promotion services, advocating for gender equality and the prevention of violence against women across Gippsland. Working collaboratively with community leaders and stakeholders, GWH will continue to promote the health and well-being of women, gender equality and end violence against women in the region.

For media inquiries please contact Kate Graham, CEO at kate.graham@gwhealth.asn.au or 03 51 43 1600