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GenWest (formerly Women's Health West) is the gender equity agency for the western metropolitan region of Melbourne. Our programs and services are for designed to redress gender inequity and benefit victim-survivors of family violence in Melbourne’s west.

Our mission at GenWest is supporting women and their children to lead safe and healthy lives, and changing the conditions that cause and maintain inequity and injustice. We do this through the provision of family violence services, health promotion activities and advocacy. We support women in all their diversity to have a greater voice in local leadership and decision making.

For further information about GenWest please visit our website whwest.org.au/about-us


Are you passionate about equity and justice for women?

Do you live, work or study in Melbourne’s West?

GenWest is seeking applications to join our skills based, voluntary Board of Directors. You will be joining the Board at an exciting time as we embark on the organisation’s bold new 5 year strategy.

As a volunteer board director, you join a diverse and respected group of directors to oversee and support the delivery of Women’s Health West’s strategic goals.

As well as attending Board meetings, you will participate in one or more of the Board Committees or working groups. We ask for your passion and commitment to our mission and strategic goals, and your ability to contribute the necessary time and energy to the important work of the Board.

GenWest has a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we work with. We are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity, ethical practice, and the principles of cultural diversity and social inclusion. GenWest has a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which is endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, including diversity of age, cultural and linguistic background including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, religion, sexuality, ability and life experience.

Please find below a list of desirable skills and experience:

  • Strategic leadership and governance skills
  • Specific experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Finance,
    • Risk management,
    • Fundraising,
    • People and culture,
    • Feminist advocacy, equity and inclusion,
    • An understanding of our sector

You will enjoy the support of a passionate, inspiring team as we work together to achieve our ambitious goals. If this sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you!

All appointments are made subject to the candidate providing a current satisfactory National Police Certificate conducted by the Victoria Police and a working with children check. You also need to provide international police check if you have worked overseas within the last ten years for a minimum of twelve months.

GenWest is an equal opportunity employer with a VCAT Exemption to employ women, noting that this is representative of all women, including cisgender (cis) women, female assigned at birth non binary, transgender (women) and gender diverse people who identify as a woman and/or align to womanhood. VCAT Exemption No. H119-2017.

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