Katie Dick

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Women in Victoria – Seeing the divide

Katie Dick, Spatial Vision – Senior Consultant  


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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. Challenges facing health organisations to visualise data
  2. An innovative way to bring static data into a map using open source technology
  3. Benefits of agile project management to develop custom web applications
  4. Benefits to the community in the deployment of a website displaying public health data with a gender lens
  5. How the resource is benefiting Women’s Health Victoria and health planners

Target Audience

Health promotion planners , Health statisticians, Web developers

Presentation Overview

Spatial Vision and Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) recently worked together to develop the Victorian Women’s Health Atlas. Women’s Health Victoria is an independent NGO focusing on state-wide women’s health promotion activities. Key to their role is to support the work of local government authorities (LGA) and regional women’s health services throughout the Victoria.  The standard approach to women’s health reporting comprised of hundreds of pages of data in static hardcopy formats that is labour intensive to produce. Despite the inherent location dimension of the data, there has been no way to represent this information through maps. The lack of mapping functionality made it difficult to identify patterns and anomalies throughout the landscape and provided challenges to benchmark LGAs across Victoria. The sheer volume of information in hardcopy format meant health planners could not easily locate or visualise the information required to support decision making or present recommendations. The solution was the develop a website for public access to display sex-disaggregated statistics across the state. A user can now interact with data whilst being presented with contextual information on the statistics being viewed.  The development of the Victoria Women’s Health Atlas assists in making evidence-based decisions about service design, emerging priorities and program planning for health planners. Access to reliable data is critical to our efforts to improve health outcomes. It is an important tool in program and policy design and evaluation. Until now we haven’t been able to easily access gender-specific data on key health issues. The Victorian Women’s Health Atlas makes visible the differing experiences of women and men and provides an evidence base for planning and monitoring which will contribute to lasting improvements in women’s health. Katie will discuss the design and implementation of the Atlas and the practical outcomes for Women’s Health Victoria.


I have been working in the spatial industry for over 10 years after graduating from Melbourne University as a Geomatic Engineer. My current role as a Senior Consultant at Spatial Vision includes developing strategic geospatial plans and roadmaps, business process mapping, analysis of spatial architecture, and project management. I was the project manager and product owner of the Victorian Women’s Health Atlas, implemented in 2015.   Previously, I have had experience as a system implementation specialist at Mipela GeoSolutions, and as a spatial analyst at GHD.