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.

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)

HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE LEGISLATIVE REVIEW

You can make your submission by 20th December:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1407382/Statutory-Review-of-the-Public-Health-Tobacco-Act-2008

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

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/legislation/Documents/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.