Our vision is happy homes and a strong community. Healthy, vibrant women and childrenare the key .
Creative dialogue between the Australasian community, the professionals , the policy planners and the academicsisour chosen method
A ) To inform the development of policies and programmes around gender and gender-based violence by combining community based initiatives with scientific knowledge and professional expertise
We aim to use qualitative aspects of the broader social and cultural context of gender inequities in gender-based violence in migrant and ethnic Australasian communities
We aim to make the community aware of gender dimensions of practices related to sexual and reproductive health & experiences of violence within marriage and outside
We partner with the community and educate and describe the health impact of gender inequities and gender-based violence
B) To evaluate interventions that empower women and men to improve their family life, enhance family harmony through building gender respect , gender equality and preventing and responding to gender-based violence .
C) To provide scientific evidence for defining a public health response to gender-based violence
D) To improve education, awareness and the health of women, through a focus on sexual and reproductive issues within families ; undertake research to gender issues within sexual and reproductive health.
ACHRH is founded on the concept that gender inequity is a substantial violation of human rights and undermines womens dignity, health and access to health care.
The main interest of the unit lies in the notion that Women form the basis of a strong family unit and a positive gender based relations in a family are the basis of a strong community .We intend to explore and share the knowledge in areas of gender-based violence and its impact on women’s lives and health with the community .
ACHRH is initiating a number of projects -Community Participatory research also called action research where the partnership of individuals and organisations working together promotes education, awareness, intervention, data collection and an appropriate health sector response to gender-based violence through research, training and advocacy in Australasian migrant Indian and Ethnic communities .
We are a dynamic team and we use a variety of methods, including community based ethnographic intervention, individual intervention , and address questions of substantial importance for health policy, health promotion and health services for women and families of Indian , migrant and Australasian Communities . We emphasise working in partnership with other organisations in research, training and advocacy activities.
The knowledge we generate helps members of the public and policy makers alike in understanding the magnitude of the problems studied, as well as their risk factors.
Our work is designed to enhance understanding of the quality of health and domestic violence related services provided in Australasia . We describe problems in these services, barriers to their use and the aspects of services that users really value. We also develop training materials for people in the community and health workers, and implement a considerable amount of training on HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health promotion.
Measuring Impact on Empowerment
We aim to enhance the following indicators of empowerment in women and families of ethnic Indian and Australasian communities
- Self Confidence
- Self esteem
- Self reliance
- Household Decision-Making,
- Increased Access To Family Planning
- Control Over Healthcare Decision
- Financial savings
- Property Ownership
- Sense of mastery and control over Life.
- Political Participation