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Member Count: 438
Vision, Mission, Values
All women in the northern region have voice, choice and power in all aspects of their health and wellbeing.
The mission of Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) is for all women in Melbourne’s Northern metropolitan region to have voice, choice and power in all aspects of their health and wellbeing.
Advocate fearlessly and strategically with and on behalf of women to governments, organisations and communities to drive social, economic and environmental change that removes the barriers to health and wellbeing.
Enable women to effect change in their own lives and in their society; and enable organisations to be leaders in developing effective programs, policies and practice that improve women's health and wellbeing.
Build and promote strong, collaborative partnerships to drive improvements in women’s health and wellbeing.
Live our values as an organisation.
- Passion, commitment and integrity – we work with passion, commitment and integrity and a sense of urgency towards the creation of a just and equitable society.
- A feminist perspective – we work from a feminist position that values all women, listens to their voices, learns from their experience, supports their choices and seeks to understand and change the structural causes of inequality in our society.
- The celebration of diversity – we celebrate diversity in all its forms.
- Support for innovation and challenge – we promote innovation, we challenge ourselves and others, and we are open to challenge from others.
- A social model of health – we believe that in order for health gains to occur, social, economic and environmental determinants must be addressed and that this requires action beyond the 'health' sector. (These determinants include physical environments, shelter, food and water supply, employment, education, social connectedness, socio-economic status, culture, gender and peace/conflict/violence.)
- A focus on health promotion – we work within the framework articulated by the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion that defines health promotion as 'the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health'. Thus we recognise the interconnectedness of the social, economic and environmental determinants of health and work to empower women to bring about change, gain full human rights and equity of access and opportunity.