Our vision is to see that all women in our region are safe, healthy, and thriving. 

WHISE works across 10 local government areas from South Melbourne down to the Mornington Peninsula and east to Casey and Cardinia. Our area of work is the Southern Metropolitan Region and is one of the most diverse and expanding regions across Australia.

We create gender equity by learning, educating and advocating for all women

Health promotion and primary prevention is at the heart of what we do - it saves lives, increases community well-being and most importantly for WHISE, empowers women.

WHISE trains and builds understanding about gender equality because this is the root cause of violence against women.  We work in partnership with communities to support women to take control over their own health and well-being.

Photographs of the Southern Metropolitan Region taken by Deb Pugsley.

Our Network and Regional Engagement

In addition to the work that WHISE leads, our team are proud to represent our organization, our mission and the needs of women in our region in the various committees and advisory groups across our region. This activity is key to advancing our mission, delivering health promotion messages and supporting strong partnerships.

Across 2022-2023, we participated in the following committees and advice groups:

  • Bayside Integrated Community Safety Committee
  • Bayside Peninsula Integrated Family Violence Partnership
  • Beachside Wellbeing Network
  • Cardinia Shire Council - Together We Can
  • Cardinia Shire Youth Network
  • Chisholm TAFE PVAW Working Group
  • City of Casey Community Safety Meeting
  • City of Casey Relief and Recovery Network
  • City of Greater Dandenong Community Safety Advisory Committee
  • City of Greater Dandenong Preventing Family Violence Committee
  • City of Greater Dandenong Youth Network
  • City of Port Phillip Multicultural Advisory Committee
  • Community Health - Health Promotion Network and Advisory Group
  • Dhelk Dja SMR Regional Action Group
  • Frankston Youth Network
  • Gender Equality Training Sub Committee
  • Gender Equity Victoria Communications Community of Practice
  • Glen Eira Community Safety Committee
  • Greater Dandenong Youth Network
  • Inner South Multicultural Issues Network
  • International Students Sexual Health Network
  • Kingston Family Violence Working Group
  • Kingston Mental Health Working Group
  • MAV Preventing Violence Against Women Network
  • Mornington Peninsula Frankston Family Violence Primary Prevention Collaborative
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Health and Wellbeing Committee
  • Mornington Peninsula Youth Services Network
  • Multicultural Advisory Committee
  • RMIT VE Industry Advisory Committee Assoc Degree Health Sciences
  • Safe and Equal's Primary Prevention Strategy
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Social Media Working Group
  • Southern East Suicide Prevention Network
  • Southern Melbourne Integrated Family Violence Partnership
  • SPHERE - NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care
  • Statewide Disability Inclusion Community of Practice
  • WASEMA Family Violence Advisory Committee
  • Weight Inclusive Alliance Network
  • Women’s Health Services Community of Practice for Sexual and Reproductive Health; Communications; Prevention of Violence against Women
  • Women's Health Services Network
  • Women's Health Services Quality and Compliance Committee
  • Women’s Health Services Social Media Campaigns Guide Working Group
  • Women’s Mental Health Alliance
  • Yarra Ranges Mental Health Network