Whats on @ IWHC | January 2015




Menopause Workshop

Are you feeling the heat? Could it be menopause? Come and join us! To discuss menopausal symptoms, learn about treatment options and how to stay strong and healthy at this time of life.

Where | Corrimal District Library & Community Centre, 15 Short Street Corrimal
When | Wednesday 18th and 25th February 6.00 – 8.30pm
Cost | Free

Please call 4255 6800 to book you place.

Self Esteem & Communication for Women 

For bookings and information, please call 4221 2000

This course will help you to better understand yourself and other, and to develop strategies to enhance self-esteem and confidence.
Topics include:

  • Building self Esteem, self confidence and communication skills
  • Recognising behaviour and responses when communicating with others
  • Problem solving
  • Caring for yourself

Date | Monday 2/2/15 -16/3/15
Time | 10am – 12.30pm
Location | Illawarra Women’s Health Centre 2-14 Belfast Ave Warilla
Cost | FREE

To make a booking or for more information please call  4221 2000

Flying Solo – Resilient Parenting For Singles

This half-day seminar supports single parents in building healthy, positive relationships with their children; explores parenting strategies with other solo parents and offers practical parenting skills for the solo flyer.
Topics include:

  • Importance of self-care and accessing support;
  • The unique parenting challenges for singles;
  • Practical tips for enhancing family connections & communication;
  • Building resilience and promoting self esteem

Date | Mondays 23/3/15 – 30/3/15
Time | 10.00am – 12.30pm
Location | Illawarra Women’s Health Centre Building 2/10  Belfast Ave Warilla
Cost | FREE

To make a booking or for more information please call  4221 2000

Lift – A group for women who may be feeling overwhelmed or experiencing high levels of stress and worry.

Lift aims to help you:

  • Explore thoughts, feeling and strategies in a safe friendly environment
  • Set goals in line with your values to increase involvement in pleasurable activities and help improve nutrition and sleep
  • Practice a variety of relaxation and stress reduction techniques
  • Challenge negative thinking patterns
  • Learn about anxiety and depression and how o reverse the cycle
  • Discover how to improve relationships and build your supportr network

When | Tuesday Mornings  24 February, 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2015
Time | 9.30am- 12noon
Where | Illawarra Women’s Health Centre 2-14 Belfast Ave Warilla
Cost | $20 per session
Bookings essential | Ph: Catholiccare on 4227 1122 or contact Illawarra Women’s Heath

Centre on 4255 6800 For more info go to www.catholiccare.dow.org.au

Divine Songs – New 2015

Sacred songs from many cultures and traditions. Divine Songs is a joyous concert and song circle bringing together devotional songs from many cultural traditions.

We sing songs, chants, kirtan and poetry from Gospel, Yogic, Goddess, Sufi, Kabalah and many other traditions.  We sing in Sanscrit, Hebrew, Arabic, African and Indigenous and other languages. All are welcome. We end with a guided meditation.  We welcome women to bring a song from their cultural tradition.

Bring a cushion, a drum or shaker and your voice. You don’t have to be a singer to chant and sing along.

Divine Songs is Mignon (Mukti) and Judy (Haqiqa)
Starting Thursday 5th February 2015 every fortnight.
Time | 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Where | Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
Cost | $12/ $10 concession

Free Legal Advice

We are offering free, no obligation legal advice appointments. A senior solicitor is available to give advice on most general legal matters including:

  • Family Law
  • Credit and Debt Law
  • Wills and Estate Law
  • Criminal and Traffic Law
  • Domestic Violence Law and AVO’s
  • Mental Health Law
  • Older person’s issues
  • Witnessing documents

A drop in service is also  available once a week on the following dates between 10am -12pm.

  • Friday 13th February
  • Tuesday 17th February
  • Friday 27th February
  • Tuesday 3rd March
  • Friday 13th March
  • Tuesday 17th March
  • Friday 27th March

Our solicitor is happy to apply for legal aid where eligibility is met. Wills, Powers of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship and Advanced Care Directives drafted at a reduced rate for IWHC clients.

Phone Glenda on 0488 717 173 for an appointment

We also have a solicitor from Illawarra Legal Centre here on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. They are available for legal matters regarding Centrelink, welfare rights, discrimination and  financial matters.

Please call 42556800 to book an appointment.

Women’s Carer Support Group

Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Illawarra and the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre will be commencing a Women’s Support Group. This is a time for women to come together and share positive coping strategies around caring for a loved one living with a mental illness, chronic illness or a disability and explore how their caring role affects their relationship with the cared for person.

Venue | Illawarra Women’s Health Centre 2-14 Belfast Ave Warilla
Date | 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time | 11.00am – 12.30pm
Cost | FREE

For more information or to register for this group please contact ARAFMI on 4254 1699 or IWHC on 4255 6800.

Illawarra Koori Women’s Group

The Illawarra Koori Women’s Group hold workshops at the centre. Details have yet to be finalised for 2015, for more information please call:

  • Aunty Bev Armer 0422 424 515
  • Agnes Donovan 0466 933 202
  • Denika Thomas on 0431 095 530
  • Aunty Pearl Brown Aboriginal Leader

Women’s Health Services

We now have a doctor at the centre that can insert and remove IUDs (Mirena and copper). Implanon insertion is also available. Our doctors can also provide antenatal care. Our doctors are available on a Tuesday and Thursday and our Nurse Practitioner is available Monday to Thursday. All appointments are bulk billed. Please call 42556800 to book.

Pelvic Floor Chair

The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre has a Pelvic Floor Chair Program. This program includes a medical checkup. The Pelvic Floor Chair creates a therapeutic magnetic field that produces powerful stimulation to vital muscles that cannot be activated through pelvic floor muscles alone. Incorporated in the program is correct pelvic pelvic floor exercise information and bladder retraining. At the end of the program, leakage and bladder problems may be improved or made more manageable. For more information please call 42556800

FREE Legal information, advice and services

Glenda Stares, a solicitor specialising in Family law, wills and Estate law, Criminal law and traffic offences, domestic and personal violence, mental health, credit and debt and residential conveyancing is offering FREE 20 min personal information advice sessions. For these sessions please call Glenda direct on 0488 717 173 to book.

Want to QUIT smoking?  

Call Gabi at the IWHC on  4255 6800 for a personal appointment and support.

The IWHC is running the LOVEBITES program free of charge on request.

LOVEBITES is a healthy relationships program focusing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention for 14-16 year old girls and boys. The program can be implemented at the IWHC or in community/highschool setting. For more information please email Dianne on diannef@womenshealthcentre.com.au or call on 4255 6800

Peer Education on Women’s Heart Health

We have a group of inspirational peer educators ready to give an interactive presentation on heart health to your group. The interactive presentation is about heart disease and modifiable risk factors such as exercise, nutrition, alcohol and smoking. Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women.

More Information? Call Gabi Martinez on 42556809 or email gabim@womenshealthcentre.com.au

Would you like to use our rooms for your own group that will support women’s health and well being?  Please call Dianne, our Centre Coordinator on 4255 6800. Rooms are free of charge.

Regular activities @ IWHC


  • 10am-1.00pm: Women’s Circle – meditation, group discussions, card readings, mini Reiki sessions ($5)
  • 10.00am – 12.00pm  Single Mothers Support Group (Held at Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre)
  • 3pm – 4pm Myofascial release classes – ($7 a class)
  • 6.00-7.00pm: Drumming – beginners (for more information contact Elena 0408 111 093)
  • 7.00-8.00pm: Drumming – advanced (for more information contact Elena 0408 111 093)


  • 10-11am: Yoga – great for seniors ($8 a class)
  • 11.30-2.30pm: Craft Connections FREE
  • 7-9pm: Modern Belly dancing ($12.50 a class)
  • Free legal advice Provided by a lawyer from the Illawarra Legal Centre. 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, specialising in tenants service, financial counselling and welfare rights 10am-12pm Appointments essential – call 42556800


  • 11am-12pm: Tai Chi for beginners ($7 a class)
  • 11am -12pm Boxing ($7 a class)


  • 10-11am: Seniors Exercise class  $7
  • 1-2pm – Guided Relaxation class (including Meditation) – FREE
  • 3.45-4.45pm – Strength & Conditioning (call Tamara Carmody on 0451955609)


  • 7-8.30pm: Sing for your Soul –  June 20th , July 25th, August 22nd , Sept 19th , Oct 10th, Nov 7th, Dec 5th. Each class is $20. Contact Ganga at ganga@singingtheself.com or 0412 551 182 or Julia on 0400 420 643 for more information.
  • 1pm – 4pm Koori Women’s Workshops


  • 12-1pm: Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls, crystal sound therapy. 2-3pm, 2nd and 4th Sunday every month (except 27th April). $10.

For further information on any of the above classes please call 4255 6800 or email info@womenshealthcentre.com.au

Our rooms are available for free of charge for women’s groups to meet – please contact us if you have further inquiries.

Health care services @ IWHC

Women’s Health Doctor will be available for consultations every Tuesday and Thursday.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitoner Clinic is available Monday to Thursday.

We also have the following health providers available at the centre.

Please contact us for information on making an appointment and costs.

  • Dietitian
  • Psychologist
  • Naturopath
  • Massage
  • Counsellor
  • Phone Counsellor
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Reflexology.

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is located at 2-14 Belfast Ave, Warilla.

P | 4255 6800

Whats on @ IWHC | August 2014

Bling a Bra for October

Bling a Bra for October is a creative bra competition held annually throughout the South Eastern Sydney, Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas to raise awareness of Breast Cancer throughout the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

Proudly coordinated by South Eastern Sydney Illawarra BreastScreen Service and supported by local partner organisations, including the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre, the Bling A Bra Competition aims to increase the awareness of breast cancer and highlight the importance of breast screening every two years for all women between the age of 50 – 74 years.

The competition further helps to foster the creativity of our local community and provide an opportunity for the issue of breast cancer to be creatively, thoughtfully and personally expressed.

The competition is largely supported by local businesses who donate their services, entertainment, materials and prizes and local volunteers who generously give their time and expertise as judges.

There is no entry fee to take part in the Bling A Bra for October Competition and anyone can enter.

Entrants are encouraged to decorate or create a bra that communicates and reflects their chosen theme or inspiration.

All entries will be exhibited at the Bling a Bra Showcase on the 24 October 2014, where guests are able to vote for their favourite bra and winners will be announced by the judges. The bra with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.

For more information and to download the workshop kit please go to http://womenshealthcentre.com.au/illawarra/ and don’t forget to like the Facebook page.


Feeling a bit run down over winter? Why not treat yourself or a loved one to a massage. Increase your sense of well being and improve mobility.

$40 for an hour or $30 concession.

Thursdays and Fridays.

Gift vouchers available.

Call 4255 6800 to book


Self Massage and Stretch Class

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

Morning Tea provided

Please call to register your interest. Limited spaces

Cost | Gold coin donation.

Healthy Eating Talk

Join us for a talk on healthy eating by our Dietitian/Nutritionist Catriona Robinson.

9am, Thursday 21st August

Cost | $5

Then stay on and join our GET HEALTHY WHILE HAVING FUN exercise class
at 10am $7 a class

Please call 42556800 to book your spot.

Free Elder Law Legal Seminar

Elder law is the type of legal issues that don’t generally surface until we start to get older.
This session will be presented in plain English and is structured to inform people of their rights. Some of the topics we will be discussing are inheritance impatience, planning ahead (the importance of having a Will, Enduring Guardianship and Power of Attorney), how to protect your assets if you want to help your family financially or build a granny flat on someone else property, what to do if a family member has moved into your home and you want them to leave, grandparents rights in family law issues, and the pitfalls of reverse mortgages.

If you would like to attend seminar please call 0488 717 173

Women’s Football Fitness Fun – NEW DATE

We are partnering with Football South Coast to help women get fit and strong! These sessions have been designed to suit all fitness levels. Keep up your fitness, meet new friends and play football. Stay after the game for coffee and talks on women’s health at the Fraternity Club.

$12 per session.

The sessions will run in Term 4 (October 2014)

Venue | Futsal Courts at the Fraternity Club 11 Bourke Street Fairy

Register your interest NOW! Call Nicole on 42856929 or email admin@footballssouthcoast.

Keen to play but worried about your pelvic floor? Call us on 4255 6800 and we can assist you.

My Kids and Me

A group for parents who have had their children removed from their care.

The aim of this program, run by Catholic Care, is to challenge the myths of parents who have children removed from their care.

Starting Thursday mornings from 14th August between 10am – 12.30pm the course will run for 7 weeks here at the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre.

Workshop fee is $10 per session (morning tea provided).

Bookings (essential) on 4227 1122 or for more info go to www.catholiccare.dow.org.au

Women’s Healthy Relationship Group – NEW DATE

This group is run by Family Services Illawarra Inc. and is for women to come together and support each other about the relationships in their lives. The group is run during the school term on Friday mornings between 10am and 12pm for 8 weeks commencing 31st October.

It is being held here at the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre and there will be limited free child minding provided.

As there are limited numbers available, please contact Gai or Lisa to join the group, phone 4255 5333

Women Helping Women

Women helping women is a study investigating the breast characteristics of Australian women, to improve bra fit and breast support for all women, regardless of age of breast size.

Correct bra fit is important to ensure your breasts are sufficiently supported. However research shows that 85% of Australian women are wearing the wrong size bra. This research aims to improve breast support for all women enabling them to feel comfortable and supported in their bras so they can be active and healthy.

The study is being conducted by Breast Research Australia and the University of Wollongong. You can you be part of this study which will be conducted at the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre starting on the 12th August for 6 weeks.

To book your spot please call Celeste on 4221 4480 or 0432 510 431 or email

Community Cooking

Want to learn about nutrition, get better at cooking and have fun? Come to our 4 week cooking program.

Dates Friday 1st August – 22nd August at the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre between 10.30am to 12.30pm.

For more info call Amy Wilson on 42320116 or email Amy-lee.wilson@heartfoundation.org.au

New Exercise Classes!!

Boxing for Fitness | $7 a class Wednesdays 11am – 12pm.
Myofascial release classes | $7 a class Mondays 3pm – 4pm. (Starting Monday 21st July) Myofascial release is important for anyone undertaking any type of exercises or those who have repetitive strain from work and work conditions ie. sitting at desk or heavy lifting. Classes will involve bringing you own roller.