Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) is interested in listening to, documenting, learning from and amplifying the voices of women, men and gender diverse people across our communities, regarding their experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are compiling a series of personal stories, anecdotes, impressions, observations and accounts from people in our communities about their experiences during the pandemic and we invite you to take part. We are keen to hear about your personal and professional experiences of COVID-19 and encourage practitioners to also reflect on how their clients or stakeholders might have experienced or been impacted by the pandemic.

These stories will help inform our women’s health and gender equality advocacy during and after the pandemic, as well as our organisational strategic planning for the future. They will also be used – without identifying their contributors – in our social media and information resources. 

We’re interested in discovering the “pressure points” that the pandemic and its response have revealed for people in our communities. We want to learn about how COVID-19 might have impacted: 
  • your personal life
  • support networks
  • family and social relationships
  • parenting
  • access to services, resources and facilities
  • health and wellbeing
  • your economic and working life.
  • the lives of those you work with and for, in your communities
However, your account does not need to be limited to these spheres. We’re looking for a broad range of stories and experiences and invite you to pursue any ideas you feel might be relevant. Or get in touch with us to talk about any ideas you wish to pursue. 

You do not need to identify yourself unless you want to, however all stories will be “de-identified” by WHGNE prior to publication to maintain contributor confidentiality. 

If you would like to talk to the team at Women's Health Goulburn North East about this project, please email whealth@whealth.com.au or phone 03 5722 3009. 
COVID-19 has impacted people in different ways. If you need support, the following phone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 

Lifeline: 13 11 14 
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, you can find support via the following phone numbers: 
Safe Steps: 1800 015 188 
Respect hotline: 1800 737 732 
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 
MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 

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* Provision of consent to use story/account 

Your story/account may be used by WHGNE in publications, brochures and on internet sites to promote a range of initiatives and programs. Please read this carefully before completing and submitting your contribution. By submitting your story/account, you: 

a) give consent to WHGNE (and any person authorised by WHGNE) to copy or reproduce your story/account as WHGNE may determine, without acknowledging your identity and without entitling you to any remuneration or compensation now or in the future. 

b) acknowledge that your story/account is the property of WHGNE. 

WHGNE agrees not to use this story/account in a manner that may be deemed adverse, or defamatory to the person submitting this information.

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* Please fill in your details below

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* What is your age?

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* What is your gender?

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* So that we can accurately represent the stories that you share with us, are you

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* Use this space to reflect on the past few weeks, since the federal and state governments introduced COVID-19 physical distancing measures. Tell us about how these measures have impacted you.  

Here are some questions that might help you to think about this time. 

What has felt significant for you? What have been the momentous changes – for better or worse – in your life/community? What have you been thinking about from day to day? What have you learnt - and what do you think we, as a community and nation, have learnt?

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* What has changed, in terms of your relationship with others around you? Has your routine changed? Have you witnessed changes in other people’s routines, lives or behaviour resulting from the pandemic?

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* Have you (or those in your community) been able to access the services, resources and information that you needed? Are there aspects of life where you have experienced or witnessed struggling or found strength?