Thank you for joining our call for investment in women’s health

Our #sickofsmallchange campaign has closed. Thank you each and every one of you that helped us lobby for a funding increase for Women’s Health Services across the state, and  for first-time investments in women with disabilities, Indigenous women, LGBTIQ women, trans and gender-diverse people and migrant and refugee women, too.

Covid-19 has been a public health disaster.

It has exacerbated the ill health women and gender-diverse people experienced before the pandemic, and dialed back hard-won gender equality gains. Global research has shown that women’s jobs were 1.8 times more vulnerable to the pandemic than men’s jobs, with women’s jobs accounting for the majority of global job losses despite women’s employment making up less than half of global employment.

The pandemic significantly increased the burden of unpaid care work, disproportionately carried out by women. As isolation kicked in, rates of gender-based and family violence increased. Services were stretched and are still running to catch up with the impacts of this crisis. The long-term effects of the pandemic are still unfolding – the costs in economic, health and community cohesion terms – remain unclear but is likely to run into the billions of dollars.

One thing is for sure. We need a proactive approach to combat the backwards steps we’ve seen in gender equality. We need a long-term recovery policy from Covid-19 that takes into account its gendered impact.

We have worked with our peak body, Gender Equity Victoria, our sister Women’s Health Services across the state, and Victorian gender equality specialists to create a collective Victorian state budget bid, calling for innovations that will guard against these concerning trends after a disaster, calling for investments in an economy that centres people’s wellbeing and safety, calling for investment in the creation of jobs, equally, for men, women and gender diverse people.

Our collective pre-budget statement sets out exactly why we need a gender lens on government spending going forward to combat the effect COVID-19 has had on gender equality.

Support us as we call on the Victorian Government to prioritise public health, gender equality and wellbeing in this year’s state budget.

Read the Women’s Health Service Victorian State Budget submission:

Read the Gender Equity Victoria Victorian State Budget submission:

Learn more about how Women’s Health Services across Victoria are amplifying the voices of women and gender-diverse people this state budget cycle, to advocate for meaningful investment in public health, wellbeing and intersectional equality.

And take action to support us!


Victorian Women are sick of small change:

Underinvestment in women’s health increases illness and depression

The CEOs of Victoria’s 12 women’s health services are calling for an immediate uplift in investment to secure the health and wellbeing of Victorian women. The release of data that shows Victorian women have gotten sicker, more anxious and depressed since the commencement of the COVID19 pandemic is alarming and should spur immediate action.

We’re calling for Women’s Health Services funding to be increased from $2.05 per woman to $5.75 per woman. We want first time investments for women with disabilities, Indigenous women and LGBTIQ women and trans and gender diverse people and a boost for migrant and refugee women, too.

Victorian women are sick of their health being short-changed.

Victorian women are tired of their health services being in crisis.

Read more here

The CEOs of Victoria’s 12 women’s health services and Rainbow Health Victoria came together on Tuesday 1 March, 2022 to call for an immediate uplift in investment to secure the health and wellbeing of Victorian women.

Alarming data shows Victorian women have gotten sicker, more anxious and depressed since the commencement of the pandemic, with:

  • The continued erosion of Victorian women’s mental health, which has seen a drastic increase in the diagnosis of depression and anxiety in women, up to 38.2% from 29.0% five years ago.
  • The worsening of women’s fitness, body mass index and heart disease.
  • Growing cancer cases and less access to cancer treatment.

Read more about this health crisis, what it looks like for women here in north-east Victoria, the Goulburn Valley and across Victoria, and how the Victorian Government can invest in women’s health in the media release.

Learn more about the Women’s Health Services involved in this campaign