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This is the Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) second Environmental Scan of women’s health in our region.

The Scan provides a snapshot of publicly available information that defines the direction that we are taking for the next 12 months.

WHISE recognises that the practice of health promotion and primary prevention are evolving.

To continue to be relevant health promotion can’t ignore the realities of community, the individual’s need for agency in their own lives, and the causes of health and social problems.

Collaboration is key and the creation of meaningful equal partnerships of practice that achieve wide-ranging social impact will be the mainstay of primary prevention work.


The Scan covers the following:

The Southern Metropolitan Region (SRM) covers an area of 2,888 square kilometres, representing about one-quarter of the state’s total population.

Contrasting demographics highlight diverse needs amongst various municipalities.

The social determinants of health are strongly influenced and shaped by access to income, education and resources that women have access to.

Emerging areas to explore include mental health and wellbeing, climate change and disaster and aging.

The social determinants of health are complex and many.

They drive the health and wellbeing of women and we need to understand these to undertake health promotion and primary prevention in the Southern Region.

Law and Regulation From local, to state to federal government’s all government policy, legislation and regulation impacts – positively or negatively – the health and wellbeing of women in our region.

  • Gender Equity
  • Prevention of Violence against Women
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health

What this means for WHISE and our Work

Focus on Primary Prevention

Gender equity and intersectionality

Put gender equity at the heart of our work and apply an intersectional gender-lens

Focus on Primary Prevention

Evidence base

Contribute and build the evidence base on gender equality, primary prevention and health promotion, and women’s health and wellbeing

Focus on Primary Prevention

Intersectional systems approach

Strengthen organisations’ capacity to challenge gender stereotypes and address gender inequalities in relation to natural disasters and climate change

Focus on Primary Prevention


Continue to enhance our leadership and work in partnership to build the capacity of community in the region

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