Better Start & Moving Forward Workshop

The Better Start for Children with Disability initiative provides funding for early intervention services for children under 7 with eligible disability.

Children are eligible for the Better Start program if diagnosed with one of the following disabilities:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deafblindness
  • Down syndrome, including mosaic Down syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome with full mutation.
  • Hearing impairment (threshold)
  • Sight impairment (threshold)
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Williams syndrome
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Kabuki syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis syndrome
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange syndrome
  • Rett’s Disorder
  • Cri du Chat syndrome; or
  • Microcephaly (threshold)

Children registered with Better Start can access up to $12,000 (maximum $6,000 per year) to pay for early intervention services.

These services include:

  • audiology
  • occupational therapy
  • orthoptics
  • physiotherapy
  • psychology and
  • speech pathology

Families living in outer regional or remote areas may be eligible for an additional one-off payment of $2,000.

This payment is to assist with additional expenses associated with accessing services.

Registration and Information Pack

Moving Forward Workshop at Wollongong on the 8th of March 2016 10am-3pm.

The workshop will have speakers from Department of Education to talk about transition to schools, Ability/Early Links and hopefully somebody from Centrelink and other organisations.

Moving Forward Workshop Invite Wollongong.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Counselling Brochure (2013)

New Psychologist!

Picture1The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre are very happy to announce we have a new psychologist working at our Centre. Jeanette Hindmarsh will be taking appointments on Fridays and will bulkbill with a Careplan.

Please call 0413 504 235 to book.

Jeanette has been working as a Counsellor since 1989 and a Psychologist since 1994.  She is very experienced domestic violence and sexual assault counselling, alcohol and other drugs and generalist counselling. Jeanette  works with adults and is interested in working with those experiencing grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual assault and abuse, stress, life transitions and relationship difficulties. She enjoys working with women of all ages offering a holistic approach to wellbeing using CBT, ACT mindfulness and life skill strategies.

Financial Counselling | Wesley Mission

I would like to introduce myself and advise your network that I have free appointments available in the Illawara region for referral of clients who are in financial distress.

I have recently started work with Wesley Mission however I have six years of experience as a financial counsellor.

My new role is Government funded under Responsible Gambling Fund and our service provides therapeutic and financial counselling for people and/or their families with problem gambling issues. We are also available to work with vulnerable people who are at high risk of developing gambling addictions as a relapse prevention approach.

A financial counsellor is trained to assist your client see their financial situation clearly and ensure they gain a knowledge of all their options fully. We may also provide assistance with advocacy if we determine it would be useful.

The service is free, independent and confidential to clients who are in financial distress and would like to manage their money more effectively. There are face to face or telephone appointments available. Referral method is to give clients my work number to book an appointment.

Link to our gambling web page:

I am also available to speak to staff to give a few examples of how this service has assisted consumers in the past to increase their understanding of our role. For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience,

Kris Palmer | Financial Gambling Counsellor/ Educator, Wesley Counselling Services  |

(Thurs – Fri) Wollongong


Phone (02) 4231 8211

1/269 Crown St, Wollongong 2500

Illawarra Womens Health Centre Survey





The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is conducting a survey on how well our services meet our client’s needs.  The information collected on this survey will assist us to make improvements with the Centre’s services and activities. This information will also support us to apply for future funding.

The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is conducting a survey on how well our services meet our client’s needs.  The information collected on this survey will assist us to make improvements with the Centre’s services and activities. This information will also support us to apply for future funding.

This month we are inviting all of the Centres clients to complete our 2015 Client Survey. Clients will be able to complete this survey a number of ways:

  • Online: You can access this survey via the following link:  
  • On paper: Complete a survey next time you are in the Centre, or contact us to have one mailed out.
  • Over the phone: We are happy to organise a phone survey. Please contact the Centre to organise a time that suits you best.
  • An interpreter can also be organised if needed.

As a small token of thanks all participants will have the chance to go into the draw to win a $100 Coles Myer Gift Voucher.  We also have one runner up prize of either a massage or reflexology session.
We highly value the needs of all our clients and would to like hear from you about your experience!

Diploma of Counselling CHC51712

Community Services Section Wollongong Campus

  • Are you interested in furthering your counselling skills and knowledge?
  • Have you thought about doing a Diploma in Counselling?
  • Are you an existing worker and do you have a Community Services Qualification such as a Certificate IV or Diploma?

We are planning to offer this qualification in 2013 over 1 semester from July to December and would like to hear from prospective applicants. The course will be offered as a workshop and recognition program.

The cost of the course would be the TAFE fee of $716 for one semester.  Concession fee of $100 will apply to those eligible.  Aboriginal students and students with disabilities are entitled to an exemption.

If you think this course might be for you please complete the attached expression of interest form and email to Jenny Hill, Head Teacher community Services at Wollongong Campus or phone 42290645.

Flyer Counselling Sem 2 2013