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.


S&K Interagency Alert – 19 April 2013

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Creating New Possibilities – half day survivor workshop

Saturday 27th April 2013 | 9.30aPicture1m – 12.30pm | Wollongong | Click for PDF flyer

ASCA’s Creating New Possibilities workshop provides information about how childhood abuse can impact current or past behaviours, feelings and/or physical and psychological health.

This workshop will highlight the coping strategies children use to survive and relate it to ways of coping into adulthood. It will also provide tools for positive change.

ASCA’s workshops foster a sense of hope and optimism, and build on existing strengths towards recovery. They provide survivors and those supporting them with information about child abuse and its impacts, and how it may relate to feelings, reactions and behaviours in the present.

All adult survivors of child abuse and their supporters – including ASCA members AND non-members are welcome to attend.

These workshops are designed for people affected by childhood trauma including but not limited to abuse in all its forms, neglect and family violence/dysfunction.

$25.00 (discounted from $250 due to government funding)

Medina Executive Wollongong | 19 Market Street Wollongong 2500 | 9am-12:30pm

To find out more about this workshop go to or phone    02 8920 3611.

Landcare Illawarra Herbarium Workshop

Herbarium Workshop Flyer

FREE Sustainable Gardening Workshops for Kiama Municipality Residents

All residents are invited to learn the basics of successful composting and worm farming, as well as the revolutionary Bokashi bin system. Bokashi composting is an eco-friendly composting system designed to be used in the kitchen. It is a convenient and hygienic process which utilises food waste to produce a nourishing compost and rich juice which inject life and vitality into your garden.

Each household participating in the workshop will receive a voucher to redeem a FREE compost bin, or purchase a worm farm or Bokashi bin at a reduced rate. Note: only one voucher per family.

Workshop dates:

  • Friday 10 May – 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday 11 May – 9am to 12 noon

Venue: North Kiama Community Centre, Meehan Drive, Kiama Downs

Places are limited. To book a place, please call Cathie Bax at Kiama Council on 4232 0419.

Join us online to participate in the workshop

We invite you to join us remotely by videoconference link! As part of the NBN Project, we are using state-of-the-art videoconferencing to enable the community to participate in the COMPOSTING workshops online. You can logon with any PC, Smartphone or portable device which is connected to the internet.

Please email to register for an online session or for more information please call Kiama Customer Service on 42320444.

Further information about the NBN project is located on the website

DV iIPhone App

An iPhone app from Women NSW, Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has been launched. It can help women, and friends or family members who are experiencing domestic and family violence or are worried about someone who is. There are links to services in other states as well as links to other services for specialized supports (CALD, Young women, LGBTIQ, older women’s services, aboriginal services, men etc). It also covers internet safety while accessing the app & has security features to send pre-written texts for safety reasons as well as making emergency calls.

Also there is currently not a version for android phones.


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