In late 2015 the staff and management of Centacare commenced the process of applying for Accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace.  Involving internal staff surveys, procedural updates, online training, White Ribbon Events and a commitment to acknowledging the impact of men’s violence towards women; the Accreditation was awarded in March 2017. Since that time, Centacare’s Board, management and staff continue to demonstrate support of the White Ribbon Workplace program, by promoting respectful relationships, gender equality and zero tolerance of all forms of violence.

The White Ribbon Workgroup is comprised of representatives from all Centacare sites and meets quarterly to discuss further training and development, promotional activities and continued work on the 2017-2020 White Ribbon Operational Plan. Information on White Ribbon Workplace is shared through the All Staff Newsletter and HR Newsletters as well as regular email updates.

All Centacare staff, whether they are in the Workgroup or not, are encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions for continued improvement relation to White Ribbon activities.


Men’s Health Week

Why is Australian male health so in need of attention? Why work on men’s health?

Because the health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females. More males die at every stages through the life course, more males have accidents, more males take their own lives and more males suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age.

Meanwhile, men are less frequent visitors to general practitioners, and the perception is that they don’t care about health or that health services are not well-prepared to interact with men effectively.

In Australia, Men’s Health Week provides a platform for challenging and debating key issues in men’s health and to raise the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs around the country each June. The approach of Men’s Health Week Australia is to celebrate the strengths of men, the contributions they make and the important role they play in society. It is as much as week of celebration and engagement of men with a serving of health on the side!

Source: http://www.menshealthweek.org.au/about/about-the-week

The Centacare White Ribbon Work Group would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the men within our organisation; their contribution to our workplace and the local communities we work in.

If anyone within Centacare (male or female) is in need of assistance to deal with physical or mental health issues, you can contact:


National Services

Police Emergency Line

1800 737 732

Relationships Australia
1300 364 277

Mensline Australia
1300 789 978

Family Relationship Advice Line
1800 050 321


Victorian Services

Women’s DV Crisis Service
1800 015 188

Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line
1800 806 292

Men’s Referral Service
1800 065 973

Child Protection Crisis Line
13 12 78