Family violence prevention programs in Indigenous communities

Australian Institute of Family Studies, December 2016

Family violence is a serious and widespread issue in Australia, and is a key priority area for government. This resource sheet investigates the effectiveness of current mainstream, international, and Indigenous prevention programs and identifies the principles behind successful programs.

Background information is also provided on the extent and nature of the problem in Australia, including impact and risk factors, The resource sheet examines what works, what doesn’t, and what further research is needed.

Download factsheet (PDF, 23 pages) here 


Alarm sounds as thousands of WA teenagers skip HPV vaccine


The State Government has sounded the alarm at thousands of WA teenagers missing out on cancer protection because they are not completing their full course of the human papilloma virus vaccine.

The HPV vaccine was considered a medical breakthrough when introduced 10 years ago for its protection against cancers including of the throat and cervix, and genital infections.

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HPV vaccination reduces abnormal Pap tests

Reuters, Wed August 6, 2016 1:58pm EDT

Young women who get the recommended three doses of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine have fewer abnormal Pap tests than unvaccinated women and women who only get two doses, Canadian researchers say.

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Preventing Violence Against Women: Adelaide workshop

You are invited to learn more about the world first prevention framework, Change the Story.

This two hour workshop has been designed for anyone currently engaged, or considering being engaged, with preventing violence against women.
Released late in 2015, this evidence-based framework provides us with the road-map to a nationally coordinated and shared approached to preventing violence against women and their children.
Ending violence against women and their children is a national priority. Work is already being undertaken across a range of sectors – by governments, non-government organisations, researchers and practitioners – to change the attitudes, behaviours and environments that perpetuate this violence. However this work cannot be undertaken in isolation. To end violence, we need to reach everyone, everywhere, and we need to go beyond individual behaviour change and drive broader, social transformation across our country.
Monday 6 June 2016, 9 – 11.30 am Boulevard Room, Stamford Plaza, 150 North Terrace
Our Watch is delighted to advise that this free workshop will be opened by the Hon Zoe Bettison MP and Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Chair of Our Watch
To reserve your place at this workshop please reply to
Download flyer (PDF) here South Australian Invitation

Tasmanian sex workers appeal to save funding for sexual health awareness project

ABC News, 19/05/2016

Tasmanian sex workers are writing to Health Minister Michael Ferguson asking him to reverse his decision to stop funding a sexual health program.

The Tasmanian Sex Worker project supports local and fly-in, fly-out sex workers with information and access to sexual health screening and treatment services.

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World-first family violence prevention resource can build respectful and equal communities

VicHealth, 17 May, 2016

Findings from VicHealth’s innovative primary prevention program, Generating Equality and Respect (GEAR), released today (17 May), provide a number of findings and transferable tools and resources for local governments, workplaces and organisations across Australia and internationally to utilise.

The three-and-a-half year program, conducted in partnership with Monash City Council and Link Health and Community, saw the establishment of a ‘demonstration site’, into which a range of tried and tested primary prevention programs were applied to build gender equality and a culture of safety and respect.

  • Read more from VicHealth here
  • Access GEAR research & resources here