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

Quit for New Life Facebook Page

Giveaway –  During January and February 2016, we would like you to share any tips, stories or advice you may have around quitting smoking or staying quit on our Quit for New Life Facebook page to go in the draw to win a $40 Woolies voucher.

Ask any former smoker, and they’ll tell you—quitting is far from easy. In fact, many of them say it was the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do. If you quit smoking, tell us how you made it happen.

There’s no shortage of methods to help smokers quit. From cold turkey to hypnotherapy, the list is a long one. But everyone has a different method (or combo of methods) that worked best for them. Tell us what worked for you, and why? Be sure to include:

  • Name of method: Cold turkey, the patch, medication, a specific book, etc.
  • Your smoking frequency: A few a week? A pack a day?
  • Why this method worked best: If you tried some other methods that didn’t work, tell us about those, too. Tell us why they didn’t work, and tell us the hardest part of the process.

So let’s hear it, former smokers—how did you quit?

QuitNow! App

2014-01-14 13_50_46-Quit for New Life enews - January - Message (HTML)QuitNow! is the most complete tool you will find in Google Play to quit smoking.

QuitNow! offers you real-time status, anytime, to help you cope with anxiety:

  • The time (days, hours, minutes) since the last cigarette of your life
  • How many cigarettes you have avoided
  • The money and time you have saved

Also, QuitNow provides information on your health improvement process, and an achievement list you will unlock one by one, as time passes, motivating you to achieve your goal.

Most important, QuitNow! is social: Share your status and achievements on the very App.

Create your profile and start chatting with other quitters! Get help, tips and tricks from others, make friends, and offer your own support, any time, and always in your own language … and also on Facebook, Twitter, or any other Social Network!

Quit for you, quit for two is a smartphone app that provides support and encouragement to help women give up smoking. It aims to help women take their mind off the cravings with fun exercises and games to keep their hands busy. It distracts women when they feel the urge to light up, with practical quit tips and advice. It inspires women to keep going with amazing facts about the baby’s development. And, it gives women ideas for what they could buy with the money they are saving every day they don’t spend money on cigarettes.

The app can be personalised with your details so that you get daily reminders and words of encouragement. If women enter their quit date the app will automatically message them to let them know their baby’s growing. It’s a fun and practical way to quit and stay smoke-free for the health of the woman and the baby. The ‘Quit for you – Quit for Two’ app can be downloaded for free onto an iPhone or iPad from the Apple iTunes online store or for an android phone at Google Play store.

Quit for Baby

2014-01-14 13_46_43-Quit for New Life enews - January - Message (HTML)The Quit 4 Baby website provides information for clients including podcasts, information on the harms of smoking and how to quit.

Clients can ask questions and read stories from other women who have quit during pregnancy.

The Quit for Baby website was developed by the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service and Links to Health.

Quit Smoking | An Inspirational Story

An inspirational quit smoking story – Leah Campbell Quits for New Life

Leah is a local mother of three who quit smoking during her last pregnancy.  Leah has just given birth to a beautiful baby boy.

Leah is loving how healthy she feels now that she has quit smoking.  It is never to late to quit during pregnancy.  For more information on Quit for New Life, contact:

Janet Jackson, Wollongong | Ph: 02 4221 6780
Email: Janet.Jackson@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Jess McNeill, Shoalhaven | Ph: 02 4424 6389
Email: Jessica.Mcneill@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 Review

The Government is taking submissions until 20th December, for the review of the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 (the legislation that deals with how tobacco is sold in NSW).

This time last year, many of you worked on the audit of tobacco retailers. Our research shows there are over 9,500 places to buy tobacco in NSW – that’s 5 times as many places to buy prescription medications.

Evidence suggests that changing the retail availability would reduce the number of young people taking up smoking and help smokers who are trying to quit.

At the moment, any business can sell tobacco without prior approval. The only requirement is that the business complete an online form under the tobacco “Retailer Notification Scheme” (RNS) administered by the Government. Under the RNS, neither the community nor Government has any say over whether there are too many businesses selling tobacco in any given area or whether there are places where we think tobacco shouldn’t be sold (e.g close to our children’s schools).

But it doesn’t have to be this way. A positive tobacco retailer licensing scheme would enable some community standards and expectations to be applied to the selling of tobacco, similar to the licensing of alcohol outlets.

Our submission to the legislative review will focus on:

  • the need for “reducing availability and supply of tobacco” to become one of the stated aims of the act (Q2),
  • calling for the addition of a positive tobacco retailer licensing scheme as a provision of the act (Q3),
  • demonstrating how inadequate the RNS is as a record of who is selling tobacco and where (based on our research); and the problems this poses for effective monitoring of compliance with tobacco control legislation (Q6)


You can make your submission by 20th December:


The full discussion paper from the Government can be found here…

Click to access tobacco-act-review-discussion-paper.pdf

The discussion paper covers a broad range of issues, some you may feel strongly about while others you may not. We would encourage you to answer those you have a view on and explain your personal story or motivation for your position. Maybe you’re a smoker trying to quit or cut down, perhaps you’re a parent who hopes their child will never take up the habit, or perhaps you worked on the audit and saw the state of the data on retailers collected through the RNS. Whatever your motivation, we encourage you to have your say, and please flick us an email at advocacy@nswcc.org.au once you’ve done so.

IMPORTANT: Some tips from our experience using the online submission portal…

1. There is no “submit” button so keep an eye on the scale at the bottom of the page as this will indicate how far through the submission process you are. When you are at 83% of the submission (Q 10) – it is the final question and page.

2. There are “back” the “next” buttons at the bottom so you can go through and change your answers if needed.