Go Red For Women

Did you know that depression and social isolation are risk factors for heart disease?
Join us for our annual Go Red for Women event to

  • Hear women speak about how they tackle depression 
  • Enjoy a morning tea and mocktails
  • Find out about the fun activites at the Women’s Health Centre
  • Make new friends

Thursday 23rd June
10.00am – 12.00pm
Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
2/10 Belfast Ave Warilla


The Labrys Project | Rainbow Blues

Picture1While depression and anxiety is generally becoming a more common experience in people’s lives, for lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women, the rates of depression and anxiety are significantly higher. For those experiencing depression, their friends and partners, it can be a bewildering and frustrating time.

This workshop provides some insights into understanding depression and anxiety, why it seems to affect more lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women, helpful hints on living with depression and how to support someone who is depressed or has an anxiety disorder.

Target audience

  • Lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women
  • Partners, friends and family of lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women living with depression
  • Lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women’s community leaders

When | Wednesday 23 September, 6 – 8pm

Where | Wollongong Community Gateway Hub, 26 Atchison St, Wollongong

Cost | Free

RSVPs | Vicky Coumbe
Ph |  9206 2121 | Mobile: 0448 756 937
Email |  vcoumbe@acon.org.au

Tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Beyong Blue | Anti Discrimmination Campaign


Highlighting the impact of racism on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the campaign’s key message is that subtle or ‘casual’ racism is just as harmful as more overt forms. Stop. Think. Respect. encourages everyone in Australia to check their behaviour.

The campaign will run for six weeks across television, digital and outdoor advertising channels. If you’d like to join the conversation on social media, we’ll be using #StopThinkRespect from 29 July.

You can read more about the background to Stop. Think. Respect. Read More

Illawarra Womens Health Centre | Update

Picture3The Federal Budget | What’s the Impact?

Women’s health has taken a huge hit in the Federal Budget.

We know that women in the Illawarra Shoalhaven have some of the highest rates of severe and chronic anxiety and depression in NSW.

We know that women in the Illawarra Shoalhaven have high and increasing rates of violence related trauma.

We know this violence is becoming more brutal.

We know women are more likely to use health services because of their role as carers of children, older people, disabled people and the extra strain this places on their health.

AND YET – these disadvantaged women of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven – and their children – will be the ones doing Joe Hockey’s ‘heavy lifting’.

Medicare copayments and increased cost of PBS medicines will make health services unaffordable and inaccessible to vulnerable women. We will be under even further pressure to support ‘hard to reach’ women. Without our services these women will place a much greater cost on the public health system.

On top of State Government funding uncertainty this means we are not only faced with supporting increasing numbers of women with some of the poorest of health issues, we are fighting for our own survival.

Fair? we don’t think so. We think it is a disgrace.

Click here to read more about how the poor will be disproportionately affected by the budget.

What can you do? Show your support for our Centre – become a member of the Centre and show the government we have community support (click here), use our services, or write a letter of protest to your local political representatives.