18 May 2022
You may have seen the recent announcement that the Victorian State Budget has additional funding of $19.4 million for Victoria’s 12 women’s health services over the next two years. This is the first funding increase we’ve seen for our health promotion and primary prevention work in over 30 years.
The budget announcement followed several months of coordinated advocacy and lobbying by the network of Victorian women’s health services, led by peak body Gender Equity Victoria. The campaign, called #SickofSmallChange, collated and shared the evidence on how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women: economically, and via increased family violence, mental ill-health, and sexual and reproductive health issues. The campaign combined a media event and release, letter-writing and presentations to MPs, and social media campaigns.
Helen Riseborough, WHIN’s CEO said: “WHIN is thrilled and relieved to receive the Victorian government’s announcement of additional funding for women’s health services. This increase in funding will allow us to reach many more communities in Melbourne’s north with our vital health, safety and wellbeing programs. We applaud the State Government for producing Victoria’s first gender-responsive budget. Victorian women were hit hardest by the pandemic, and critical funding for gender equity, family violence, financial literacy and women’s health will contribute to ensuring a recovery that is equitable.”
Read our joint statement with Gender Equity Victoria and other women’s health services here.