Strategic goals 2015 - 2017
The chosen priorities of the Women’s Community Health Network are based on current and future needs. WCHN’s core objectives over the next three years are to:
- Develop and maintain networks, relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders with an interest in women’s health, safety and economic security and to facilitate a combined effect on the factors constraining women’s capacity to achieve and sustain good health and life outcomes generally.
- Collect, maintain and analyse data to create an ongoing gendered picture of the health, social and economic status of women in various regions across Western Australia to inform planning, policy and practice.
- Develop and maintain a Women’s Health Network website to facilitate: knowledge exchange, research translation, information sharing; dissemination of the latest research and evidence based on best or promising practice. This will avoid duplication and contribute to setting the agenda and evidence-based best practice.
- Promote an approach to violence against women as a significant public health issue and a community responsibility requiring coordinated action within and across three main areas:
- preventing violence before it occurs
- improving the capacity of the tertiary sector to respond effectively and comprehensively when domestic violence is occurring ; and
- enabling women to (re)gain the capacity to be safe, well and economically secure in the years following domestic violence.
- Bring data together that takes into account the impacts of the social determinants and structural drivers on women because they are women; for example, the effects of women’s financial insecurity on their health and wellbeing at different stages in the life course.
- Participate in building a co-ordinated service and support infrastructure that delivers better outcomes for women and enables women to strengthen and build skills so that they can control their own health and wellbeing, as well as take action on the issues that are important to them.
To achieve these objectives it is necessary for the Women’s Community Health Network to:
- Consult with women and service providers to capture theirs or their clients’ lived experiences of the social determinants of health and the barriers to achieving and sustaining good health; including, gender based violence.
- Undertake research and gather data with specific application to women in Western Australia.
- Connect with sector issues through the development of strong relationships with women’s health and community services and key stakeholders to enable meaningful participation in the complex environment impacted by Federal and State policy and planning.
- Use the qualitative and quantitative data collected and research undertaken by the Women’s Community Health Network to inform participation in consultation and planning processes and submission writing.
- Continue to ensure that WCHN has a ‘seat at the table’ to influence the legal, policy, systemic and infrastructural landscapes in which women live and that affects their capacity and opportunities to achieve and sustain good health outcomes; and that can protect and enhance women’s capacity and reduce their risk.