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Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) is a statewide women’s health promotion, advocacy and support service. We collaborate with women, health professionals, policy makers and community organisations to influence systems, policies and services to be more gender equitable to support better outcomes for women. As a statewide body, WHV works with the nine regional and two statewide services that make up the Victorian Women’s Health Program.

WHV is also a member of Gender Equity Victoria (GEN VIC): the Victorian peak body for gender equity, women’s health, and the prevention of violence against women. See how WHV has been contributing to Australia’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.


We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are based on, the peoples of the Kulin Nation. As a statewide organisation, we also acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waters across Victoria. We pay our respects to them, their cultures and their Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded and that we are beneficiaries of stolen land and dispossession, which began over 200 years ago and continues today.

Accredited Course

WHV is the course owner of Australia’s first accredited Course in Gender Equity (22521VIC) accredited under the Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority.

Further study

Gender equality is a deep and complex subject. If this activity has piqued your interest and you want to learn more, you are encouraged to visit WHV’s online learning platform and look at the range of gender equity training programs available.

Start by completing our free short course, Introduction to Gender Equality.


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  • Clemans A., Subban P., Komarzynski L., 2020, Teaching gender equity: a toolkit for teaching gender equity units of competency. Women’s Health Victoria. Melbourne.
  • Love D., 2021, Gender responsive teaching practice within tertiary education. Women’s Health Victoria. Melbourne. (Women’s Health Victoria Knowledge Paper; 4).
  • Our Watch, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and VicHealth, 2015, Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia, Our Watch, Melbourne.
  • Our Watch, 2017, Putting prevention of violence against women into practice. Our Watch, Melbourne.
  • Our Watch, 2018, Changing the picture: A national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children, Our Watch, Melbourne.
  • Parker D, Swindon E., 2020, The need for gender equity in teaching practice. Training and Development 47(3):34-37.
  • State of Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet, 2016, Safe and Strong: Victorian Gender Equality Strategy. State of Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet. Melbourne.
  • Swindon E., Parker D., Monaghan K., 2020, VU22772 Develop a gender lens to support gender equity work: Learn Guide, 22521VIC Course in Gender Equity. Women’s Health Victoria, Melbourne.
  • United Nations, 2021, The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021, accessed 24/08/2021.
  • Upworthy. (2016). A Class That Turned Around Kids’ Assumptions of Gender Roles! [Video]. YouTube.

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