Who we are
Gippsland Women’s Health is the lead organisation for gender equity, women’s health, prevention of violence against women, and family violence system leadership in Gippsland.
We exist to improve women’s health, wellbeing and freedom of choice by advancing gender equity and working to prevent violence against women.
An equal and respectful Gippsland for all women.
In line with our vision, we:
- put women’s experiences first;
- are inclusive and respectful;
- value the contributions of our partners;
- have the courage to innovate and build the evidence base; and
- are bold in our efforts to achieve fairness and justice for all women in Gippsland.
Inspired by changing times and the need for a women’s health service for women by women in Gippsland, consultations took place across Gippsland in 1991 under the banner of the Gippsland Women’s Health Project. This led to the funding and establishment of Gippsland Women’s Health Service 1992.
Our Strategic Plan 2018-2025
Priorities for Victorian Women’s Health 2014–2018
Clear disparities in health outcomes exist in Victoria and across the world, with different groups experiencing wellbeing and illness in unequal ways. Women are one of those groups. While Victorian women are more likely to live longer than Victorian men, their higher prevalence and incidence of non-fatal health problems result in more years lived with ill health and disability. For Victorian women aged 15 to 44 years, for instance, intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to disability and illness and, tragically, death.
Gendered differences in population health status means there remains significant scope in 2014 to improve the health of Victorian women.
Victorian women’s health services commend successive Victorian governments for their leadership on women’s health to date and encourage government to continue to partner with the women’s health sector to reduce the burden of ill health and disease for better health outcomes for Victorian women.
The Victorian women’s health sector continues this work through Priorities for Victorian Women’s Health 2014–2018, which recommends the development of a comprehensive women’s health policy and action platform for 2014–2018 that includes a set of specific actions for government.
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Gippsland Women’s Health is NOT a crisis centre. If you are in a violent situation, know someone who is experiencing violence, or know someone who is using violence, please refer to the key contacts listed here.