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Wimmera Health Care Group is ready to join a important worldwide campaign ‘16 Days of Activism’ to help end family violence.

The 16 Days of Activism is a United Nations campaign which starts with White Ribbon Day, also International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on November 25 and ends with Human Rights Day on December 10.

Wimmera Health Care Group’s director of people and culture Sue Powell, said the health service is partnering with other local health services and councils to raise awareness and educate people on the issue of family violence.

“We are joining this initiative as part the State Government’s Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Program,” Ms Powell said.

“During the 16 days we will have a range of educational sessions for team members about family violence.

“We will also be joining in the White Ribbon March this Friday, November 23 in Horsham from the Aquatic Centre to May Park and have white ribbons placed on the entrances to our main buildings.”

Ms Powell said the health service will also have a large painted orange tree in the main reception area at both the Dimboola and Horsham campuses with stickers for people to write their name and place as leaves on the tree.

“The stickers have ‘says no’ on them and represent us building a community of people who will not tolerate family violence,” she said.

“We invite team and community members to place a leaf sticker on the tree and help us send a strong message against family violence.”

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