What’s New

Illawarra Womens Health CentreFood For Your Health 

Join our fun and friendly Dietitian for 4 weeks of expert tips.
Kicking off in June, this very successful group is designed to help you take control of your health and nourish your body in 2016.
When:  Wednesdays June 8, 15, 22 & 29

Time:   11.00am – 12.00pm
Cost:    Only $40 for all 4 weeks (Payment in required in advance to reserve your place)
Where:  Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Please call to book on 4255 6800

World No Tobacco Day  Celebration

Join us for a morning tea to celebrate

  • Quitting smoking
  • Making your car smoke free
  • Making your home smoke free

All women interested in managing their smoking welcome!
When:   Thursday 2nd June

Time:     10.00am – 12.00pm
Cost:     FREE
Where:  Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Please call to register on 4255 6800

Introduction to Aromatherapy 

Want to learn more about the uses of essential oils in your home or for your health?
Learn to blend and make other products.
When:   Wednesday 25th May

Time:     6.00pm – 8.00pm
Cost:     $10 (you will take home 2 items that you have made)
Where:  Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Please call to register on 4255 6800

Cook, Chill, Chat

Cook Chill Chat is a cooking program that gets you into the kitchen in a fun way.
When:   Starts Friday May 13th May for 6 weeks
Where:   Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Time:     10.30am – 1.30pm
To register please call 4255 6800 or email gabim@womenshealthcentre.com.au

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

New @ the Women’s Health Centre

Tobacco Free | An 8 week support program for women who would like to quit or cut down smoking. NO COST  – A free 6 week supply of Nicotine replacement therapy is available

When:   Thursday’s 10.30am—12.30pm  Starting 25th February
Where:   Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
2/10 Belfast Ave Warilla
Cost:      FREE

To register please call 4255 6800 or email info@womenshealthcentre.com.au

International Women’s Day – Don’t make me laugh, sneeze, cough, run or jump.
Join us for a fun day with activities and while you here learn how to improve your pelvic floor. Information sessions, entertainment and lunch provided.

When: Thursday 17th March
Where: Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Time:   10am – 2pm
Cost:    Free
Please call to register on 4255 6800

Dementia and Our Mob | Would you like to learn more about what’s happening when someone has dementia? Would you like to know what to do to reduce risk of getting dementia? Come and hear a talk about Dementia and Our Mob.
Ask questions. Have a cuppa and a chat. Learn about being Brain Healthy.

When:    Tuesday 23rd February 10.00am
Where:   Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Cost:      FREE

Gear Up Girl | Join us on the Gear Up Girl Bike ride. We will be participating in the 40km Classic Ride.The 40km Classic Ride: Grab your friends, grab your bike and grab a new adventure. This is a comfortable, leisurely ride, ideal for all ages and abilities, the novice & experienced rider. Your adventure starts at Sydney Olympic Park. You will head South along the Cooks River cycleway and make your way to the beautiful beaches and a festival finish at Cronulla.

Start Time: 7:30am Sunday 13th March
Start Location: Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park
Finish Location: Cronulla

For more info and for registration details please call Gabi on  42 556 800 or email gabim@womenshealthcnentre.com.au

Social Group – Morning Tea | Why stay at home when you can venture out for all kinds of activities and events? Why go alone or be the third wheel feeling out of place when you can join others? Our women’s social group is on the move to have fun, enjoy all life can offer while making meaningful friendships.

Please join us for a morning tea to discuss and plan the events and activities for the year.

When:  Tuesday 16th February at 10.00am
Where: Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

Please call to register on 4255 6800
Food For Your Health Course | Join our fun and friendly Dietitian, Catriona, for 4 weeks of expert tips. Kicking off during Australia’s Healthy Weight Week, this is an evening group designed to help you eat well and take control of your health in 2016.

When:   Wednesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm February 17th, 24th, March 2nd and 9th
Where:   Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Cost:      Only $40 for all 4 weeks

To register please call 4255 6800 or email info@womenshealthcentre.com.au
Please pay in advance to reserve your place.

Australia’s Healthy Weight Week | During Healthy Weight Week (February 15th – 19th) Catriona our Dietitian will be having a stall in the waiting area at the centre. Please come and visit her to have a chat and find out about eating for health.

Australia’s Healthy Weight Week – Lunch
Join our fun and friendly Dietitian for a Healthy Lunch Cooking Demonstration
When:  Wednesday 17th February  12.30pm
Where: Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Cost:    Free
To register contact 4255 6800

Illawarra Koori Women’s Group – National Apology Day | The Illawarra Koori Women’s group would like to invite you to a FREE event for all on Thursday 25th March 2016 for National Apology Day. Learn how to weave with natural materials while listening to women’s stories.

Where:  Killalea State Park (near the Kiosk)
When:  10.30am Thursday 25th March

Please contact Agnes Donovan 0466 933 202  or Denika Thomas 0459 028 972 for more information

Mothers and Daughters – Puberty Matters | Join our three week course to help mothers and daughters understand and deal with changes that take place during puberty and adolescence. By learning together, young women (10-12 years) and their mothers can strengthen their relationship.

When:   Thursday’s 17th March, 24th March and 31st March 2016
Time:     6pm – 8pm (A light supper is provided)
Where:   Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Cost:      $10 per family to cover costs.

To register please call 4255 6800 or email info@womenshealthcentre.com.au
This course is very popular. Enrolment and payment is required before bookings can be confirmed.

New Beauty Services | A fabulous new beauty service will be starting at the Centre. The service will include threading, waxing, facial and head and neck massage. Prices are very reasonable! And results are fantastic!  (we all had a test run..) Available Wednesdays from February 10th. Please call for an appointment. 4255 6800

Girls Getting It Together – Young Women’s Health Forum
Come along and learn how to look after your physical and mental health.

  • Meet some great local female leaders
  • Circus Wow
  • Massage
  • Try meditation
  • Henna tattoos

When: Wednesday 3rd March 2016
Time:   10am – 2pm
Where: Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

RSVP to info@womenshealthcentre.com.au or phone 4255 6800

Arthritis Workshop | Come to our one day course to learn tip and strategies to manage pain and stiffness.

When:  Friday 8th April
Time:   9.30am – 12.30pm
Cost:    FREE

Places are limited. Please call to book your spot on 4255 6800 or email info@womenshealthcentre.com.au

Self Massage and Stretch Class | Learn stretch and self-massage techniques that can improve your flexibility, posture and circulation, reduce your risk of injury and relieve muscular tension.

When:  Friday 19th February 2016
Time:   9.30am – 12.30pm
Cost:    FREE (Morning tea provided)

Places are limited. Please call to book your spot 4255 6800

Bringing Up Great Kids  – 6 week program | This program promotes positive, respectful parent and child relationships. Limited FREE child minding is also available.

When:   Friday 26th February to 8th April 2016
Time:    10am – 12pm
Where:  Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

To register please call Family Services Illawarra on 4256 7333 or email admin@fsi.org.au

Shine Women | The 9 Week Shine program aims to develop your understanding of your own personal Worth, Strength and Purpose. Throughout the course you will identify personal strengths and desires, find motivation to set and achieve personal goals and realise the potential within.

When:    Wednesday 17th February
Time:       12.30 – 2.30pm
Where:   Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

Please call 4255 6800 to book

Shine Girl – Girls aged 12-17 | The 9 Week Shine program aims to develop your understanding of your own personal Worth, Strength and Purpose. Throughout the course you will identify personal strengths and desires, find motivation to set and achieve personal goals and realise the potential within.

When:    Wednesday 17th February
Time:    4.00 – 5.30pm
Where:   Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

Please call 4255 6800 to book

Single Mothers Support Group | This is a group in the Illawarra community which advocates for and supports single women and their children, in a non-formal way. This community inspired group brings single mothers together to share ideas, provide social support and create community that goes beyond that of a 9-5pm service.

There will be tea and coffee provided.
Children welcome and morning tea and activity will be provided.
When: Monday 10am – 12pm Contact: Denika 0459 028 972

Date Time Location/ Activity Is child minding available?
1 February 2016 10-12pm IWHC- debrief on holidays yes
8 February 2016 10-12pm Shellharbour beach play- Shellharbour village marina no
15 February 2016 10-12pm IWHC- craft session TBA yes
22 February 2016 10-12pm Picnic in Wollongong Botanic gardens no
29 February 2016 NO Group on
7 March 2016 10-12pm IWHC- cooking session- TBA yes
14 March 2016 10-11am Hang time- $10 session no
21 march 2016 10-12pm IWHC- craft session- TBA yes
28 March 2016 Public holiday
4 April 2016 10-12pm Park play and picnic- TBA no

New Time for Boxing | Boxing has moved to 9.30am on Wednesdays. $7 a class.

New Price for Massage
Our Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday massage ladies have increased their prices.

  • Sharon’s relaxation massage on Monday will now be $40 concession/$50 non concession per hour.
  • Hot Stone Massage on Tuesday and Wednesday will now be $40 concession/ $50 non concession per hour.

Massage on a Thursday and Friday with Linda will remain the same at $30 concession/ $40 non concession per hour.

Grab a grant to help your community waste less food

The NSW EPA and Environmental Trust are encouraging you to apply for a grant of up to $70,000. These grants will help educate communities about ways to waste less food and save money.

To assist these applicants, the EPA is hosting Loving Food, an information session and workshop where we will detail the funding opportunities for this program. We will also detail the food donation grants which are available to not for profits.

Event details:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
  • UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney,
  • 00am until 4pm
  • Register online

Travel costs may be covered for people travelling long distances to attend.

Background to the Love Food Hate Waste grants program

The grants are available under the Waste Less, Recycle More Love Food Hate Waste program and will open for applications on July 22, 2015.

Applicants can tap in to a suite of resources developed by the EPA to encourage positive behaviours to reduce food waste, such as meal planning, shopping to a list, correct storage and using up leftovers. The grants:

  •  provide funding of between $5,000-$70,000
  • are open to incorporated not-for-profit, non-government organisations and community groups and local councils
  • include use of EPA-developed resources, communication tools and messaging

Information about successful Round 1 and Round 2 projects can be found on the Environmental Trust website.

For more information, email the EPA’s Love Food Hate Waste team at organics.recyling@epa.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9995 6890.


Hidden Harvest

10959313_865251516870416_4462078724516985889_nWelcome, we are Hidden Harvest, an initiative that aims to generate discussion about food waste through culinary pop-up dinners prepared with food that would normally be thrown out. During these up-cycle events we will, quite literally, bring to the table the environmental and social problems of food waste in a delightful setting.

Food waste is an issue that affects everyone in the food supply chain; from wholesale and manufacturing food companies to restaurants, retailers and farmers, as well as the consumer. Wasting food is also a waste of resources such as water and energy used in production, packaging and transport of food, not to forget the significant greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by the decomposition of food in landfills. It is estimated that Australian households throw out $AU 8 Billion of edible food every year, the equivalent of 4 million tonnes of food.
So let’s get together and make that first step towards less food waste!

How does it work?

  1. We pick a date, find a suitable location and invite anyone interested in an enriching and lively evening.
  2. Foods that would otherwise be wasted but are still edible will be collected and transformed into a scrumptious 3-course dinner by the Chef of the evening. The menu will always be unique using the harvest of the day.
  3. Enjoy and consume the creative compilation of the chef
  4. Make a donation towards the event of which the proceeds will be used to set up and/or support other waste reduction projects.

The first Hidden Harvest dinner invite will follow shortly. In the mean time like, follow and share around.

Go4Fun® | Free Program for 7 to 13yr olds

Are you worried about what your child eats? Register now for Term 2’s free healthy lifestyle program – Go4Fun®!

Go4Fun® is a free program for 7-13 year olds and the St George Illawarra Dragons took time out of their busy pre-season training schedule to shoot a Go4Fun® TV ad. Watch the 15 second clip! Go the Dragons!

Go4Fun® runs in a variety of locations each school term and is absolutely FREE! Programs are filling up fast, so don’t miss out! Register now for a Term 2 program:

  1. Dapto: 4-6pm every Tuesday from 29 April – 24 June, Horsley Community Centre, 82 Bong Bong Rd.
  2. Figtree: 4-6pm every Monday and Thursday from 28 April – 26 June, Figtree Community Hall, Princes Hwy.
  3. Lake Illawarra: 4-6pm every Wednesday from 30 April – 25 June, Lake Illawarra PCYC, Reddall Pde.

To register free call 1800 780 900, visit go4fun.com.au or SMS 0409 745 645 for a call back.

Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food Pop Up Kitchen

Applications are open for a town in Australia to host a Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food Pop Up Kitchen for 12 months.

The aim of the kitchen is get people back in to their kitchens by teaching basic food prep and cooking skills and the price of classes is very affordable.

Food Fairness Illawarra have an application in progress.

Part of the application is to demonstrate community support and a Facebook page has been set up to get the word out there!

If you would like to support this, please LIKE and SHARE the following link amongst your friends and networks https://www.facebook.com/bringjamietowollongong

Low Cost and Free Meals Directory Update | Survey

Picture3Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong Councils are currently updating the popular ‘Low Cost and Free Meals Directory’, and would value your ideas about how to make this resource as useful as possible.

The Directory provides information on where to find low cost or free meals, how to donate food, volunteering, and other services. It is currently a 70 page booklet, but there are lots of options for how to make this information more accessible.

You can also flag your interest in receiving bulk copies of the Directory when it is finalised, update your details or provide general comments.

Please follow this link to complete the quick and easy survey by the 30th of November:


As a special thank you, we have a copy of ‘Queen of the Sun’ to give away for one lucky respondent. The film looks at the plight of the honey bee, comes with community screening rights, and is an inspiring and dramatic look at restoring our balance with nature.  Find out more here http://www.queenofthesun.com/


Any questions, or to provide direct feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. We really appreciate your input, and please forward widely through your networks