Gender Equity

Women with Disabilities

Enabling Women Evaluation

Enabling Women is a rights based leadership program for women with a disability. Gippsland Women’s Health since 2013 has been in partnership with all six local councils, Expressions AustraliaGippsland Disability Advocacy Incorporated and Women with Disabilities Victoria to roll the program out across Gippsland.  Since 2013, nine programs have run across Gippsland.

In late 2018 Gippsland Women’s Health undertook an evaluation of the program.  The aim of the evaluation was to document the successes and learnings, and to make recommendations to assist the steering group to make an on-going plan for the program.  The evaluation surveyed graduates of the program, facilitators of the program, members of the reference group and the Auspice organisation.

Eight recommendations were made to better guide the program into the future, which are being considered by Women with Disabilities Victoria.  Overall the evaluation found that the Enabling Women program has had a significant impact on the lives of women in Gippsland and that it is of great benefit to the community.

The evaluation is available for download below or contact us for a copy.

Wellington Leadership Hub

The new Wellington Hub for women with disabilities has commenced and is open to new members. The Hub is aimed at women with disabilities who are interested in leadership, empowerment and advocacy. The meetings are informal and are held twice a month at Gippsland Women’s Health, 56B Cunninghame Street, Sale.

If you would like to find out more about the Hub, please contact Rosalie O’Neil on 0408 950 096, or email

Download the brochure below for more details.

We aim to work hard to make women with disabilities much more visible in the community. We want to empower women with disabilities to be leaders.

The Hub is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services, facilitated by Women with Disabilities Victoria and supported and hosted by Gippsland Women’s Health.

Visit Women with Disabilities Victoria for more information.

Please note: Hubs are not a counselling, trauma or support group. Clinical services / case management are not provided.

Here We Are Program

We have partnered with Women with Disabilities Victoria to implement the Here We Are Program project, which is being funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Here We Are Program aims to create an inclusive environment for women with disabilities in Gippsland. We will be working to develop the capacity of organisations, committees, community groups and councils to work with and include women with a disability.

The project will initially capture the lived-experience of women with disabilities living in the Wellington Shire, so that the barriers they experience in accessing services may be identified. We will then work with organisations to overcome these difficulties and obstacles. The intention is to create long-term and sustainable ways to include women with a disability in the community. While this short-term project is mainly focused on groups and organisations in the Wellington area, it is expected that the learnings and benefits will positively impact other communities in Gippsland.

Contact us to find out more or be involved.

Our newly developed My Community Booklet a guide to encouraging community participation is now available, download it below or contact us for a copy.