Bellarine Community Health supports an end to gender-based violence

To mark the beginning of the international ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign, Bellarine Community Health (BCH) is announcing its commitment to lead change in our community.

BCH CEO, Shane Dawson, says ultimately, violence against women is a serious health issue, but a preventable one.

“As a health service we support a large cross section of the community and as an organisation and workplace, we have a responsibility to support the wellbeing of our staff and community,” Mr Dawson says.

BCH is committed to building capacity for staff to understand the drivers, forms and impacts of violence against women and improve organisational processes and systems.

A series of training workshops will be delivered for BCH staff to help build a safe, equal and respectful culture within the organisation. These workshops will cover the concept of unconscious bias and ways to be an effective, active bystander and intervene before violence occurs.

The workshops are being conducted by Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West. Local educators and staff from schools, kindergartens and the Borough of Queenscliffe have also been invited to attend.

Mr Dawson says everyone has a role to play in influencing change. “As an organisation we have this opportunity to create foundations that will serve our community for the long term, but I’m also asking all of us, as individuals, to think about how we can make a difference.

BCH is also developing a gender equity communication tool to embed across the organisation.

Source: Bellarine Times, Published 28.11.19 (Jessica Nicol)