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VicHealth update: 1 February 2017

Thursday, February 02, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: physical activity, public health, newsletter, sport, violence, women, alcohol


#ChangeOurGame to support gender equality in sport

Being an elite athlete depends on talent, commitment and lots of training. It does not depend on gender.

As Australians, sport is something that unites many of us. Whether it’s cheering on our teams at the footy or watching the cricket at home, the excitement of watching talented athletes perform at the highest level – whether they are male or female – is exhilarating.

VicHealth is working with teams from a range of sports, including the AFL Women’s League, Women’s Big Bash League and Women's National Basketball League to encourage Victorians to watch sport for the love of the game.

Want to show your support? Go to your local women’s league matches, tell your friends how awesome women’s sport is in Victoria, and post your match highlights using the #ChangeOurGame hashtag.

Together we can change people’s attitudes and encourage more Victorians to support our amazing female athletes.

Find out more about how you can help #ChangeOurGame.

female athletes
Left to right: Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Stars), Molly Strano (Melbourne Renegades), Gemma Triscari (Melbourne Stars), Daisy Pearce (Melbourne Football Club), Minister for Health Jill Hennessy, VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter, Lauren Arnell (Carlton Football Club), Maddie Garrick (Melbourne Boomers), Meg Lanning (Melbourne Stars)

Female athletes call on Victoria to Change Our Game

Athletes from some of Melbourne’s most prolific clubs came together at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday for the launch of VicHealth’s #ChangeOurGame campaign. The launch included the announcement of $7 million of new funding over the next three years for VicHealth’s new Advancing Gender Equality in Sport for Women and Girls program.

The campaign is part of VicHealth’s ongoing work to promote gender equality and female participation in sport.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Sport John Eren have thrown their support behind the campaign. “Participation in sport and physical activity is the key to better health and wellbeing,” said Minister Hennessy. “Our female sporting heroes will inspire more women and girls to get involved in grassroots sport.”

Minister Eren emphasised the need for an even playing field. “It’s simple – women deserve the exact same opportunities on the sports field as men. Whether it’s basketball, football or cricket, female athletes play a really exciting brand, and we should all get behind it,” he said.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter highlighted the importance of driving support and viewership of female athletes. “Women across Victoria play vital roles in sports leadership, in the media and as athletes. If we want to raise strong, empowered, independent girls, then we have to better promote these female role models,” she said.

“Help us by following women’s sport online, watch it on TV, go to a game and tell your friends.”

Find out more about the new funding round to promote gender equality in sport.

New White Night program announcements

Dance marathons, possum quests and enormous LED light displays are just some of the highlights of this year’s White Night festival.

The all night arts celebration is set to take over the streets of Melbourne (18th February) and Ballarat (4th March).

The freshly announced line up for the Melbourne show includes a sculpted matrix of 700,000 LEDs in Alexandra Gardens, a find the possum game in Carlton Gardens, and a 5.5 metre puppet known as The White Night Messenger.

People in Ballarat will be treated to a live music marathon, art installations and a throwback to the nightlife from the city’s gold rush days.

Both cities will get to experience Swing City, a dance marathon supported by VicHealth that invites you to get active through the power of dance.

See what’s happening at White Night Melbourne.

See what’s happening at White Night Ballarat.

Public holidays an excuse for risky drinking

Many Victorians enjoyed a few drinks on Australia Day. But the acceptability of getting drunk on public holidays, including the national holiday, pushes some people to drink well past their healthy limits.

VicHealth’s Executive Manager of Programs Dr Bruce Bolam said that efforts to curb risky drinking behaviours in our community were hampered by alcohol being so cheap, readily available and widely promoted.

“[Research] consistently shows that the cheaper and more widely available grog is, the greater the rate of harm from alcohol-associated assault, family violence, chronic disease and binge drinking,” Mr Bolam said.

“So the sad, dark side of our national celebration is a traditionally higher rate of alcohol-related harm around Australia day.”

Mr Bolam's blog post highlighted research from the VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015 showing almost 500,000 Victorians drink 11 or more drinks on a single occasion, and they’re doing this on a monthly basis.

Find out more about alcohol consumption on Australia Day.

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Violence against women in Australia

women laughing over coffee.In Australia, around one in three women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15 years. This report presents the latest published research examining violence against women in Australia and its prevention.

Read the research report on violence against women in Australia.


Read more publications available on the VicHealth website.


Preventing violence against women: From policy to practice – Short course

Location: Melbourne. Regional venues yet to be announced.

This free one-day workshop provides a starting point for preventing violence against women before it starts.

Find out more about these violence prevention short course from VicHealth.

LIME Connection VII

Dates: 4th to 7th April 2017
Location: Melbourne

This Indigenous health conference will present information on teaching and learning, research, community engagement and graduation of Indigenous students in health professions. 


Find out about more upcoming events on the VicHealth website.

VicHealth logo.VicHealth is the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and is a pioneer in health promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health.

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