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NBMLHD working towards White Ribbon accreditation

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) has made a commitment to become a White Ribbon Australia accredited workplace because we want to actively work towards putting an end to violence against women.

The Workplace Accreditation Program recognises workplaces that are taking active steps to prevent and respond to violence against women, accrediting them as a White Ribbon Workplace.

Key objectives of the program that will be undertaken over the next year, are to:
• Increase the knowledge and skills of staff and managers to address issues of violence against women.    
• Enhance the capacity of workplaces to respond to the issue of violence against women.    
• Accredit workplaces taking active and effective steps to stop violence against women.    
• Change the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence against women to occur.

The program will support our workplace to adapt our organisational culture, practices and procedures so that we promote safe workplaces for women and respectful relationships.

In 2016 we conducted a staff survey which saw over 1000 of our staff complete a survey on violence against women. This survey was the first step on raising awareness of the problem which sees one woman die every week in Australia.

NBMLHD held an interactive discussion panel on domestic violence at its Annual Public Meeting in 2016, which saw local health and community partners come together to take about the issue. Triple M’s Mark ‘MG’ Geyer joined forces with NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Grant Healey, NBMLHD’s Forensic Medicine Unit’s Dr Maria Nittis and Natasha McGing from our IVPRS (Integrated Violence Prevention and Response Service) as they discussed the issue of domestic violence in our local area.

The public forum revealed the Penrith local government area had the second highest rate of reported Domestic Violence in NSW with 534 reports for every 100,000 residents.

Through further work with White Ribbon Australia we are working towards receiving accreditation in 2017 and joining the 64 other accredited workplaces nationally who also say NO to violence against women.

If you require further information about the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation process or survey results you may contact the Working Group via Caroline Noonan-Edwards by email