About Us

We are GenWest — formerly Women's Health West.

We are an organisation working toward gender equity in Melbourne's west. We help people who are experiencing family violence. We support communities to lead safe and healthy lives, by running social and health education programs. We also work with other organisations and councils to advocate for equal rights and the prevention of family violence.

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Who We Are

GenWest formed in 1988, initially as the Women’s Health Service for the West and then as Women’s Health West. In 2021, after extensive consultation with communities in the west, we made the historic decision to change our name to GenWest.

Find out more about our board of directors, our values, vision and purpose and the communities we work with.

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Our impact

GenWest's work is guided by the goals and vision in our Strategic Plan. Here's a snapshot of our work from the 2022-23 financial year:

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community members reached by GenWest’s primary prevention and early intervention programs.


referrals were accepted by our After Hours team, who provide face to face support to clients in crisis accommodation, such as motels.


increase in requests for sexual and reproductive health education sessions.


victim survivors were supported by our children’s and youth counselling service.

Reconciliation at GenWest

Our vision for reconciliation, our Reconciliation Action Plan and our Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

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Child Safety

Read about our public statement of commitment, public statement for kids and code of conduct for employees.

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Child Safety

Work with us

Read about our current vacancies and opportunities for consultants, contractors or casual staff.

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Contact us

Call us

1800 436 937

Email us


Visit us

317-319 Barkly Street


Naarm/Melbourne VIC 3011

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