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BROAD: Celebrating Remarkable Women for IWD 2017

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BROAD: Celebrating Remarkable Women for IWD 2017

BROADs Sonja Hammer talks with two amazing women: Megan Bugden from the Women’s Health in the South East AKA WHISE and Jackie Gleeson from Bentleigh Bayside Community Health center now known as Connect Health & Community about the nominations and upcoming awards for ‘remarkable women’ in the southern metropolitan region of Melbourne. It’s all to celebrate International Womens Day (IWD) and Megan and  Jackie talk about the work that is being done in the community and the advocacy and intersectional resources for women in the community:

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is calling for nominations for outstanding women in the Southern Metropolitan Region.

LINK HERE  for nominations


International Women’s Day(link is external) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To mark the occasion, WHISE, Bentleigh Bayside Community Health and partners will host an award ceremony to acknowledge the contributions of older women in the categories of:

·         An inspirational Aboriginal Elder
·         An inspirational woman with a disability 
·         An inspirational cultural leader

This year, the event will take a closer look at older women from intersectional communities and exploring the disturbing rise in elder abuse.

“Elder abuse is a human rights issue that Australia needs to be more aware of, particularly for vulnerable communities such as women with disabilities, Aboriginal women and women from culturally diverse backgrounds,” says Ms Rachel Lennon, Health Promotion Manager from WHISE.

Guest speaker, Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone, Aboriginal Elder, will share her experience as an older woman and talk about elder abuse in the Aboriginal community.

Both individuals and women’s groups can be nominated for an award. Nominations for Aboriginal women, women with disabilities, women from the LGBTIQ community and overseas born women are encouraged.

Prizes will be awarded to each category winner.

Nominations close on Friday 17 February 2017. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday 8 March at Bentleigh Secondary College from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. ( contact them as there may be more time to do the nominations)

You can now nominate or register(link is external) for the event.

What does WHISE do :

Our Work:

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) provides health information, health promotion and education to the female community and health professionals. We assist women, particularly those who are significantly disadvantaged, to access services that they need – our own services, or those of our service partners. We advocate for improved health services, and we encourage women to take more effective control of their health and well-being.

The service is accessible to all women in the region in a safe and friendly environment.

Our service:

  • Addresses the health needs of women and assists them to access services that they need
  • Liaises with and complements other health services
  • Provides information and referral to other providers
  • Encourages women to take responsibility for their own health
  • Works within the UN conventions on the elimination of discrimination, violence and disadvantage towards women.

Bentleigh Bayside Community Health (BBCH):

Provides a variety of health and social services across South East Metropolitan Melbourne. Primary health services are currently across the LGA’s of Bayside and the southern part of Glen Eira. Community Transport covers a wider geographic catchment and Dental services are not defined by catchment areas with 7 chair dental clinic operating from Bentleigh East. BBCH also has 12 outreach sites providing Gambler’s Help services across 3 catchment areas across the southern metropolitan region.

We work in partnership with consumers and other community agencies. Our health workers are committed to providing quality health care to our community.

We are a not for profit Company Limited by Guarantee with an independent Board of Directors that receives funding from Federal, State and local governments; and a range of partners.


Healthy People, Healthy Communities


Understand and meet the health and well-being needs of the community as a socially responsible business.


Our Values underpin our policies, procedures and practice.


·         Treating all clients, staff and the community with care, dignity and understanding.

·         Providing a supportive and safe work environment for all voluntary and paid staff.


·         Meet the needs of our diverse community by providing services that are accessible and innovative.


·         Delivering sustainable, quality services in an efficient and financially responsible manner to achieve health outcomes.

·         Providing these services professionally and to the highest ethical standards.


·         Working with clients, staff and external stakeholders to achieve our Vision and Purpose.

Service Overview

BBCH has two sites. Our main service site is located in East Bentleigh, with a second service site in Sandringham.

Sonja and BROAD would like to thank Megan Bugden and Jackie Gleeson for coming in to JOY 949 to be on BROAD and sharing their time.  



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