Members of the Kingston/Robe Women’s Health Advisory Group (WHAG) gathered on Friday at Wangolina station, extending their appreciation for the generosity and encouragement they received towards the creation of their Domestic Violence help cards.
WHAG’s Cathy Barker made a speech to those who attended, explaining how humble the group are for the support they received from organisations, businesses, clubs and individuals from surrounding communities.
“The WHAG group are proactive in educating about and supporting our outstanding local health service, to not only the residents of Robe and Kingston but for the benefit of the thousands of visitors who travel through and stay in our area,” Cathy said.
It was a long process to establish the Domestic Violence Help cards, as it became evident that they were needed after a survey at a previous IWD breakfast in 2016.
“There were a large amount of participants who asked for more information about what help is available for Domestic Violence victims and their families/friends in our region at the breakfast,” Cathy said.
The idea of a card was widely accepted by the group during this period, with planning beginning.
The group sourced the information that was relevant specifically to Robe and Kingston, with Cathy explaining that member Rosie Stoneham took up the task to make the domestic cards a reality.
“The cards would not be possible without the financial support and donations from the Kingston and Robe Lions Club and also the Barefoot benefits group,” she said. “From here the process became somewhat streamlined seeking approval from all the organisations listed on the card and approaching Hansen Print in particularly Sharyn Hansen to fine-tune our card and create what you see today.”
Cathy said the group were thrilled with what has been achieved with the information cards that will be distributed to the communities, effectively spreading the information required in a time of need.
“Currently through discussions and networking about the DV card with various other health professionals, the feedback we have received has been amazing and the saying ‘from little things, big things grow’, is so true,” Cathy said.
“I believe not only will the Naracoorte Women’s Wellness Group pick up this project and run with it in their region the Limestone Coast Family Violence Action Group in Mt Gambier, have also created the Family Safety Card.
“MensLine Australia have been tremendously supportive.”
The WHAG Domestic Violence help cards will be an ongoing project for the WHAG group, as they will constantly distribute the cards throughout Kingston and Robe in every business and public site possible.
Cathy went through upcoming and recent successful WHAG events.
“In recent times we have organized and presented to the community, events on a diverse range of topical and relevant themes such as Parent’s - Let’s Talk First-Aid, Memory and Ageing – a Dementia Information night and information nights on Breast and Ovarian Cancer.”
WHAG have plans that are well underway for an event set for Friday November 2 at the Lacepede Bay Motel starting at 6.30pm as an information night on Women’s Reproductive Health focusing on Cervical/Ovarian Cancers and Endometriosis will take place.
Cathy then introduced case manager for Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service, Mount Gambier Nik Tilley who informed WHAG members on their role in the South East. Speeches were followed by lunch.