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.

Whats on @ IWHC | January 2015

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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

Mondays:

  • 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)

Tuesdays:

  • 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

Wednesdays:

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

Thursdays:

  • 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)

Fridays:

  • 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

Sundays:

  • 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