A Strategy for Equality: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in the East


Women’s Health East invites you to an online public forum to launch our strategic framework, A Strategy for Equality: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Melbourne’s East 2020 – 2025.

A Strategy for Equality, developed in consultation with key regional partners, identifies critical sexual and reproductive health issues for all women living and working in the Eastern Metropolitan Region. The Strategy and accompanying Background Paper, available to read online, identify three strategic priorities for addressing barriers to accessing timely and appropriate healthcare and improving women’s sexual and reproductive health outcomes: advance equity, improve the capability of the healthcare system and increase access to healthcare services.

The Strategy and Background Paper are available to read here: https://whe.org.au/a-strategy-for-equality/

Our guest speakers:

Ruth McNair, AM, is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and a general practitioner and founding director of Northside Clinic in North Fitzroy. She is an expert in bisexual and lesbian women’s sexual health and contributes to the Victorian Government LGBTI Health and Human Services Working group. Ruth is Chairperson of Pride Foundation Australia, a is a life member of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Victorian AIDS Council and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017. Ruth will be speaking on LGBTI women’s sexual and reproductive health and the importance of reducing health inequalities among priority populations.

Claire Vissenga, CEO of Family Planning Victoria (FPV), is an acknowledged leader in the community health sector in Australia. Following a successful career in clinical psychology, Claire moved into management and since 2008 has served as CEO of several organisations providing services in community health. With extensive experience in governance and management of public and private health services, Claire has represented peak bodies in the health and community sector at state and national level, influencing health policy and advocating for change. Claire will be speaking on access to healthcare as a key component of optimising women’s sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

Please register your details to attend. A Zoom link will be circulated to attendees.

Women’s Health East acknowledges the Elders past and present of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be meeting.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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