PDH Training Emphasises Respect

Thursday, 24 November 2016
More than 250 staff at Portland District Health have a better understanding of promoting respectful relationships after taking part in new training.

In partnership with Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, the Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence: It's Everyone's Business workplace-based training program aims to prevent violence against women before it occurs by working with businesses to change attitudes and behaviours that support violence against women.

PDH Director of Primary and Aged Care, Fiona Heenan, said the training had been invaluable to reinforce the need for everyone to be proactive in creating positive change, maintaining respectful relationships and speaking up when needed.

PDH is also spearheading a community campaign to place white ribbons around trees in Portland to coincide with White Ribbon Day on November 25 and has placed signs at its entrances encouraging people to take the White Ribbon pledge to speak up to stop violence against women.

Portland District Health, Western District Health Service, Glenelg Shire Council, Heywood Rural Health and Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service have become champions for the White ribbon cause.

We want the community to take a stand and say that violence of any kind is unacceptable and I challenge other CEOs and managers of businesses or industries, even local sporting clubs, to participate in such a program,” Ms Heenan said.Just think do you want your mother, sister or daughter to be on the receiving end of violence, much of which is carried out behind doors? she said.

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