About Us

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is the regional women’s health service for the Southern Metropolitan Region.

WHISE is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on empowering women. We work to improve the health and well-being of women in our region by providing health information and education to governments, organisations, education providers, and community groups.

Our team of health promotion professionals work to promote gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of violence against women.

WHISE proudly provides settlement services for refugee and migrant women. Funded through the Federal Government, our team assist women to access mainstream services, increase their knowledge of Australian society, and to help them better participate in the broader community. We run support sessions, provide assistance to liaise with government departments and referrals when required.

Primary prevention

Primary prevention in health promotion is at the very core of what we do. It is a deliberate way of changing the underlying causes of poor health. Rather than treating disease, our work seeks to prevent disease. WHISE work aims to reduce incidence of poor health of women in our community.

We train and raise understanding about gender equality because we know that this is the root cause of violence against women. We work in partnership with communities on sexual and reproductive health to support women to take control over their own health and well-being.

Health Promotion and Primary Prevention increases community well-being and most importantly for us, empowers women.

Where we work

We work across 10 local government areas. Our area of work is called the South Metropolitan Region and consists of approximately 1.3 million people, representing about one-quarter of the state’s total population.

We cover Port Phillip, Bayside, Kingston, Frankston, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Dandenong, Cardinia, Casey and Mornington Peninsula.