Research is essential to build knowledge and encourage innovative solutions. Women’s Health Goulburn North East has a long history of conducting local research that highlights the impact of rurality, gender and disability on women.

All our health promotion work is based on the best available research and evidence and we believe having local data is crucial.


Undertake and support research that contributes to the evidence base to inform primary prevention responses addressing rural women’s health and wellbeing.

What We Do

What We Have Done

  • Enabling Women


    This formal evaluation report shows how 'Enabling Women' builds knowledge about women’s lived experience of disability in rural settings with new networks for women of all abilities to inform and drive change.

    Developed by Women with Disabilities Victoria WDV, 'Enabling Women' is a community leadership program that empowers 8-12 women with disabilities to have a voice about issues that relate to them and other women with disabilities. In partnership with Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV), the Enabling Women Leadership Program was delivered for the first time in Victoria’s North East during 2016.

    Women with disabilities are diverse and resilient yet they experience serious levels of violence, discrimination and disadvantage.

    More information about Enabling Women.

    Enabling Women - Evaluation Report 2017

    Enabling Women - Report
  • Gendered Data & Health Planning


    This resource has been designed to assist local government in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of council plans. This resource demonstrates the value of sex-disaggregated data in local health planning, and provides information on four health priority areas:

    • Using a Gendered Lens.
    • Prevention of Violence Against Women.
    • Sexual & Reproductive Health.
    • Promotion of Breastfeeding & Family Friendly Communities.

    Gendered Data & Health Planning

    Gendered Data & Health Planning
  • Living Longer on Less


    This research is a partnership project between Women's Health In the North (WHIN) and Women's Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) and is supported by an expert Reference Group.

    It began in December 2012, aiming to gather the experiences of women aged over 55 from diverse backgrounds across metropolitan and rural areas about how they plan to pay for their own care as they age.

    Living Longer on Less

    Living Longer on Less
  • Through Women’s Eyes

    Resilience - Disaster Impacts on Women

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    Resilience - What Is It?

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    Resilience - What Helps?

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    Resilience -  What Doesn’t Help

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    Women’s Strengths  'He Just Dealt With it Differently'

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    Resilience - What Needs to Change

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  • Men on Black Saturday: Risk & Opportunities for Change


    WHGNE researchers, in partnership with Monash Injury Research Institute (MIRI), spoke with 32 men who experienced the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires to inform future disaster planning.

    Men’s experiences of health and wellbeing during and after Black Saturday evolved from concerns from women and workers about men’s coping, or not coping, after Black Saturday.

    There is a lack of information in this area globally and nationally, and current disaster risk management practices do not incorporate a specific focus on men in their work with disaster resilience.

    Volume 1

    Executive Summary & Recommendations

    Volume 2

    The Men’s Accounts

    Volume 3

    Men, Masculinity, Disaster: A Literature Review

    Volume 4

    Forthcoming - Conference Proceedings Appendices

  • The Way He Tells It: Relationships After Black Saturday


    Two years of collecting and analysing accounts from women and workers affected by Black Saturday has yielded complex and disturbing findings.

    Social services workers - including police, domestic violence workers, counsellors and recovery workers - shared their knowledge and insight into the effect of the disaster on personal and community relationships.

    Women themselves have spoken of their experiences of post bushfire violence.

    The Way He Tells It: Relationships After Black Saturday

    The Way He Tells It: Relationships After Black Saturday
  • Beating the Flames: Women Escaping & Surviving Black Saturday


    On Black Saturday many women were left alone, often with children, to escape or fight the sudden fires.

    Some made the decision to leave early and returned to a community changed physically and emotionally forever.

    Beating the Flames: Women Escaping & Surviving Black Saturday

    Beating the Flames: Women Escaping & Surviving Black Saturday
  • Women & Disaster Snapshots


    From 'The Way He Tells It: Relationships after Black Saturday' Research - 2012

    Women & Disaster

    Relationship violence is a taboo subject. It’s always been hard for women to report, but this is taken to a new level after a disaster.
    Snapshot 1

    Gender in Disaster

    The relevance of gender in disaster risk.  There are different vulnerabilities in disaster depending on gender.
    Snapshot 2

    The Hidden Disaster

    Women’s experiences of the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires were researched.  These are the findings regarding family violence – in a nutshell.
    Snapshot 3


    Checklists to keep women and children safe for: Disaster prevention, response &  recovery services.
    Snapshot 4

    Men on Black Saturday

    What can we do?
    Snapshot 5

  • Raped by a Partner


    Qualitative research including interviews with 21 women, 30 police officers and 23 health professionals. Partner rape is a crime punishable by 25 years imprisonment (Crimes (Amendment) Act 1985)

    Raped by a Partner

    Raped by a Partner
  • Our Vote Counts: Stories of Aboriginal Women's Voting Experience


    This DVD was produced by Women’s Health Goulburn North East for the One Hundred Years of Women’s Suffrage Celebrations. Six women were interviewed on film by younger Aboriginal women.

    Our Vote Counts (Part 1)

    Our Vote Counts (Part 2)

Please note older research reports are available from the office.