Funding support for men’s behaviour change program

Grampians Community Health is well established in delivering specialist family violence services to the Grampians and Wimmera

Grampians Community Health (GCH) has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Families and Children the Hon. Jenny Mikakos that will enable GCH to continue to deliver Men’s behavioural change programs in the Wimmera and Grampians.

In announcing the funding Minister Mikakos said “We know the devastating impact that men who commit family violence has on their own families, as well as the wider community – this is about stamping out this behaviour.”

Grampians Community Health has been delivering the Men’s behaviour change program since 2006 and has supported many men to address their behaviours towards partners, children and family members.

Mr Greg Little, Chief Executive Officer of Grampians Community Health said that the funding announced by the Victorian Government was welcomed by Grampians Community Health who will continue running the Men’s behaviour change group programs in Horsham and Stawell until at least June 2019.

“Over the past year, Grampians Community Health assessed around 130 men who completed the program, supporting them to address their behaviours towards partners, children and family members. This number has grown over time with a greater awareness by the courts of our men’s behaviour change program” Mr. Little said.

Mr. Little said that the strength of the Men’s behaviour change program was its capacity to enable men to understand that they are accountable for the long term effects and repercussions of their behaviour on their families, and that their behaviour is related to power and control.

The funding supports a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that more men’s behavioural change programs be made available to meet the demands of the community and of court orders. The Andrew’s Labor Government is working to end family violence through its $1.9 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This record investment includes $49.4 million over four years for the Changing Perpetrator Behaviour initiative.

Funding will also go to establishing 17 support and safety hubs across the state, delivering after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and developing a 10-year plan.

Grampians Community Health is well established in delivering specialist family violence services to the Grampians and Wimmera. The Homelessness and Family violence team has for many years supported women and children who are affected by family violence and address their individual support needs.

Family violence support workers offer court support, safety planning and case management to ensure women and their children are supported. Grampians Community Health has a specialist family violence counsellor who is available for women to address the trauma experienced by family violence.

Mr. Little said the implementation of the safety hubs is being piloted in other areas and how the hubs will look in the Wimmera is unsure at this stage. Our communities can be assured however that when they need support the specialist family violence services provided by Grampians Community Health will provide services that aim for safety and social inclusion for all people.

People can access the Homelessness and Family violence programs at Grampians Community Health by calling 03 5358 7400 or calling into the GCH building at 24 David Street Horsham or the Stawell Health and Community Centre.

 Read more here: Funding support for Grampians Community Health men’s behaviour change program– The Wimmera Mail Times 24th August

Vale Fiona Richardson MP

Grampians Community Health is saddened after learning of the death yesterday of the Hon. Fiona Richardson MP.

Fiona Richardson was the Minister for Women and Family Violence in the current Victorian Labor Government and was a strong advocate of the services that Grampians Community Health (GCH) provided to people in our community.

Grampians Community Health Manager of Direct Care Programs Ms Kath Heading said that GCH were privileged to have hosted Fiona Richardson when she visited Grampians Community Health in August 2016 to tour our community health services in Stawell and to meet with the Homelessness and Family Violence Team.

“Her compassion and her commitment to addressing family violence and gender inequality across the Wimmera and Grampians regions was strongly evident. Grampians Community Health offers our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues” said Ms Heading.

Grampians Community Health supports total equality for the LGBTIQ community

Grampians Community Health is proud to be an accredited Rainbow tick organisation since 2012

We support and recognise the importance of safe and inclusive service delivery for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people in our community.

“As a leading health organisation in the region, we take very seriously our duty to support equality for all and provide support to some of the most marginalised groups in our community. “Said Gemma Beavis, chair of the Rainbow committee at GCH.

“We also understand that people in the GLBTIQ community are more likely to experience and be diagnosed with a mental health disorder and be susceptible to discrimination and exclusion in their community” Gemma went on to say.

Grampians Community Health has an established team of Rainbow Committee members who have knowledge of the issues faced by LGBTIQ Australians and are available to speak with for consultations at any time. Grampians Community Health prides itself on the support available for LGBTIQ Australians and provides access to social support groups across the district for young people under the age of 25.

To access any of the free and safe services offered by Grampians Community Health or to hear more about what is available in your area please contact the dedicated intake workers on 53587400 or call into our offices in Stawell, Ararat and Horsham.

The Equal Heart artwork was made by:

“Josh, Emily, Sarah, Norm and Georgia”

The artwork was made by weaving fabric through chicken wire creating a tapestry representing the LGBTI+ community.

The partnership between Grampians Community Health, Central Grampians Llen & Juno Vesta facilitated the project  in July 2017.