Newsletter - March 2021

Welcome to our March newsletter!

March has been a month for important conversations led by women!  These have been in response to the many revelations about workplace violence in Parliament, the display of a lack of empathy in responses to survivors of sexual assault, the lack of response to the Respect@Work report from the Australian Human Rights Commission which highlighted that ‘Sexual harassment is not a women’s issue: it is a societal issue’, and the fact that incidents of sexual assaults in the defence force are now at near-record level despite measures put in place 10 years ago to prevent sexual assaults and abuse of women. 

No wonder that on 15th March, women from around the country marched in the #March4Justice at Parliament House and demanded justice for gendered violence in workplaces – including Parliament. An Open Letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison #March4Justice (

But in some good news, in April Women’s Health Matters will celebrate thirty years of being the voice for women’s health and wellbeing in the ACT, and we hope you will join us each day to take you on a trip down memory lane!  Over each of the 30 days in April, we’ll be revisiting an important milestone from each of those 30 years. That’s right – 30 years in 30 days!

So make sure you're following us on Facebook and Linkedin to relive the 30 years of Women's Health Matters!

Women’s Health Matters wants to better understand women’s experiences seeking help in the ACT, and their views about the services and support that they received.

We understand that women seeking help following a sexual assault have diverse circumstances and needs, meaning that there is no single best response that will be suitable for all women. Rather, there needs to be a range of responses available.

The findings from this research will better help us understand the ways in which ACT women seek help following a sexual assault, the services and supports they access, as well as when and why they choose to do it in such a way. We will use this research to advocate to improve responses in the ACT for women seeking help following a sexual assault.
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ACT women with a disability survey


Our community consultation survey of ACT women with a disability about their health and wellbeing closed in early March and we received over 90 responses.  The data from the survey already shows that there are some clear differences in the issues experienced by women with disabilities in the ACT in comparison to other women. 

To further explore the themes from the responses, Women’s Health Matters will be conducting focus groups with women with disabilities over the next few weeks.  If - as a woman with a disability - you are interested in contributing and participating in one of those focus groups, please contact us at  You will be reimbursed for your participation. Note that for those unable to participate in a group, we are also able to organise an individual telephone interview.

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Survey of ACT women from multicultural backgrounds

In the lead-up to Harmony Day on 21 March, we released a community consultation survey seeking the input of ACT women from multicultural backgrounds to learn more about their health and wellbeing! The survey closes on 2nd April 2021, and we have so far received over 200 responses!

Women’s Health Matters will now be analysing the data and the comments from women to identify trends. Once this is complete, we will be holding focus groups to explore the key themes from the results. 

If you are interested in participating in a focus group in May please contact us at
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Reducing the Gender Pay Gap in Australia

Despite all the progress made in recent years, a new report finds that it will still take more than a quarter of a century to close it.

Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency released research on 25th March which found that while the total remuneration gender pay gap fell from 24.7 per cent to 20.1 per cent in the last seven years, it is likely to take another 26 years for the full-time total remuneration gender pay gap to close completely.

The Gender Equity Insights 2021: Making it a Priority report also found that the outlook for the predominantly female-dominated community and personal service workers was not positive.
Read the full report here


2021 ACT Women's Awards

In some good news in the ACT on 18th March, the ACT Women’s Awards were held which recognised Sue Salthouse through a special posthumous commendation.  At Women’s Health Matters we spent many years working with Sue and advocating for the health and wellbeing issues for women with disabilities.  We miss her commitment and passion but what a legacy she left!   And 3 amazing ACT women were acknowledged for their work as ACT Woman of the Year, ACT Young Woman of the Year, and ACT Senior Woman of the Year. 
Read more about the 2021 ACT Women's Award recipients

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis is a chronic condition that affects at least one in nine women of reproductive age in Australia. Here’s what you need to know about an often painful condition that affects more than 700,000 women in Australia.

Published with the permission of Jean Hailes for Women's Health.

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month
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