We have recently submitted three major proposals to the NSW Government to improve services in NSW for women and children who are experiencing domestic and family violence, recovering from trauma and need access to women's health and community services for crisis support, prevention and early intervention.
establish new regional women's health centres
SOS is recommending three new women's health centres in regional areas in recognition of the strong need for quality health services in regional NSW and to:
- reduce preventable hospitalisations
- provide health care for the ageing population
- provide employment hubs and training for medical students
- improve access to health and support services for women and families in regional areas experiencing disadvantage and violence.
The new centres will be based on the Government's HealthOne service models to co-locate community health and general practice in the same location and they will also become part of our proposal to establish Domestic Violence Prevention Clinics at every multi-disciplinary women's health centre in NSW. All three proposals have received strong community support from local councils, local police, refuges, rural schools of medicine, the National Rural Health Alliance, NSW Country Women's Association and others.
modernise women's domestic violence refuges
SOS is asking the Government to end the communal refuge model and update domestic violence refuges from communal living to self-contained units starting with four pilot sites. The proposal includes a generous offer from The Sebastian Foundation to be involved.
Read The Sun Herald’s editorial supporting our proposal.
ESTABLISH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION CLINICS
SOS is seeking to establish Domestic Violence Prevention Clinics - a first in Australia - at every women's health centre in NSW. The clinics would provide a one-stop-shop for women wanting to leave abusive relationships or stay safely in their homes and would reduce the reliance on crisis services.