State Government Victoria Australia Department of Health header
State Government Victoria
Victorian Government Health Information
Health Home
Main A to Z Index | Site Map | About Health  

June 2019

2 women next to vending machine jpeg
Northern Health’s Dr Katharine See and Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay.

Northern Health helps to dignify community

Northern Health has installed a #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine.

‘Northern Health believes all women deserve dignity and we are pleased to be the first hospital in Victoria to install the machine,’ said Director of respiratory medicine and project lead for the initiative Katharine See.

‘Partnering with Share the Dignity is another way Northern Health is able to support vulnerable women in our community and is a wonderful adjunct to our commitment to a culture of respectful relationships and gender equality,’ said Dr See.

Share the Dignity created the world’s first completely free vending machine, which dispenses period packs containing two pads and six tampons.

There are currently 100 #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machines installed across Australia.

‘So many women, every month, have to forfeit sanitary products because they cannot afford them,’ said Share the Dignity national #Pinkbox co-ordinator Claudette Laidlaw.

In one week, the #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machines dispensed 858 period packs with this number rising each month.

•       For information about donating visit