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HACSU to tackle gendered violence in healthcare, supported by WorkSafe Victoria's WorkWell Respect Fund


The Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) is proud to announce its selection as one of the successful recipients of WorkSafe Victoria's WorkWell Respect Fund. This collaboration marks a significant step towards creating safer workplaces by addressing the root causes of work-related gendered violence, through the project: "Breaking the Silence: Prevention of Gendered Violence in Healthcare Settings".

In many instances, HACSU members confront serious challenges related to gender-based violence and sexual harassment in the workplace. Too often, these issues persist because employers lack the necessary resources to embed prevention and early-intervention strategies.

Over the next 18 months, HACSU will join forces with Women’s Health Victoria and Phoenix Australia to develop specialised training programs tailored to workers, employers, and government departments within the mental health and disability sectors. This strategic partnership is set to make a lasting impact on workplace safety and foster environments where everyone can thrive.

The new project will see the integration of policies, training, and resources aimed at eradicating work-related gendered violence and fostering a culture of respect and inclusivity. HACSU firmly believes that by investing in prevention and education, we can create a ripple effect that positively impacts not only the workforce but also the individuals and communities that HACSU members serve.

This initiative aligns with HACSU's unwavering commitment to championing the rights and wellbeing of workers, advocating for safer workplaces, and promoting a culture of respect and equality.

"This is a golden opportunity to implement long-overdue reforms that directly address the unique challenges that health and community services workers face. By focusing on prevention, education, and stronger procedures, we'll not only support our members and healthcare workers but also ensure better outcomes for consumers, patients, and participants." said Paul Healey, HACSU State Secretary.

View the Media Release by Minister for WorkSafe, Danny Pearson here:

For any enquiries regarding this project, please contact HACSU Projects Officer Stephanie Thuesen on 0436 363 612 or