Despite some extraordinary leaps forward in public health in recent years, there are still numerous challenges and barriers to address and overcome.
As Chair of VicHealth, I’m proud to say that we’re committed to addressing the root causes of those seemingly intractable challenges. The work we do helps us all to better understand the social, environmental and cultural drivers of those entrenched problems, so that we can develop the kind of interventions that will lead to long-lasting systemic change.
Among our current batch of stories are two that explore how we might be able to make some progress in the desperately intransigent issues of violence against women and gender equality:
- by examining how male and female identities are formed and reinforced, and
- by empowering communities that are particularly exposed to the problem to take action in small but sustainable ways
I sincerely hope that these and the other stories we bring to your attention serve to support your own thinking as we work together to deliver better health and wellbeing to everyone, right across our community.
I would also like to acknowledge the departure of Jerril Rechter who is leaving VicHealth after seven very successful years as our CEO. Jerril has been an outstanding leader, bringing a powerful mix of strategic vision and innovative thinking to the organisation. We wish her well in her new role with Basketball Australia.
Chair, VicHealth Board