Our Watch leader aims to spark change in home region

Patty Kinnersly

Patty Kinnersly

AUSTRALIAN family violence prevention leader Patty Kinnersly will return home to speak with businesses across the region in the role they can play to lead culture change.

The Our Watch chief will be joined by Medibank general manager Karen Oldaker for a Leading Change Lunch as part of B31 Ballarat Business Month on August 28.

This comes in a year dominated by news headlines of tragic murders of women by current or former partners, with 39 known cases in the first seven months’ of the year.

Ms Kinnersly, who lives in Creswick and remains on the Ballarat Health Services board, officially took on her role as chief executive officer with national body Our Watch on June 1.

She is the former chief of Women’s Health Grampians, which is leading the drive to support organisations to be part of the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) plan, a Grampians-wide regional plan to prevent violence against women. The initiative has 96 organisations, networks and associations committing to create a safe, equal and respectful society for everyone.

WHG chief Marianne Hendron hope the event would encourage more Ballarat business leaders to step up and learn how their workplaces could help prevent violence against women.