Taking a Stand for Young Women

Illawarra Womens Health CentreIn only 6 days we have raised over $10,000, which is incredible!

A huge thank you to those who have supported us so far.

BUT it means we only have 4 days left to raise the remaining amount ($9,000), and be able to keep running this exceptional program – empowering young women to protect themselves against domestic violence (in all its forms), be mentally healthy and resilient and lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives.

It’s a highly successful program, which we have developed locally, working with young women in the more marginalised suburbs of the Illawarra – many of whom are at risk.

If you have liked or shared our facebook page thank you so much. Please consider also donating.

Every dollar counts – and your support now would be fantastic (and tax deductible!)

We know it’s an ambitious target  – but we believe we can do it.  With your help.

Click on the picture and have a look at the powerful video on the crowdfunding page – where the young women talk – in their own words – about the benefits of the program!



Go Red For Women

Did you know that depression and social isolation are risk factors for heart disease?
Join us for our annual Go Red for Women event to

  • Hear women speak about how they tackle depression 
  • Enjoy a morning tea and mocktails
  • Find out about the fun activites at the Women’s Health Centre
  • Make new friends

Thursday 23rd June
10.00am – 12.00pm
Illawarra Women’s Health Centre
2/10 Belfast Ave Warilla


Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW) Awards

Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW) is celebrating today with a prestigious new Diversity Award to recognise the impact of Australian organisations and individuals in empowering marginalised women.

Today is ACLW’s 10th Anniversary of its Awards Program for women’s empowerment.

At a time where workplace inequality, family violence and respectful relationships continue to be a touchstone for controversy, it is important to celebrate outstanding initiatives that help women fulfill their true potential and uphold the best ideas and programs that empower women from marginalised groups to succeed.

Women are frequently the unsung heroes of marginalised communities across Australia. Recognising and enabling them to realise their ambitions is in the interest of every Australian. This award will recognise the importance of initiatives that provide women with skills, opportunities and/or support to overcome challenges and lead. The award is unique in that it will recognise the champion responsible for developing the initiative, as well as a woman who has benefited, delivering change in their community and/or workplace.

The ALCW awards program began in 2006, culminating in three national awards for women’s advancement. The Diversity Award represents ACLW’s effort to address a gap in the assistance and recognition of particularly marginalised women in Australia through a mainstream award.

Federal Minister for Women Senator Michaelia Cash is an Ambassador of the ACLW Diversity Award and is supported by a host of other Ambassadors, including NSW Premier Mike Baird, NSW Minister for Women Pru Goward, City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster, St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Dr John Falzon and many other leading Australians.

Many leading Australian women, men and organisations have signed on to support the ACLW Diversity Award because they concur with its vision to empower women, particularly women from marginalised groups.

The 2016 Diversity Award will recognise and financially reward a woman who benefits from an initiative and the individual or organisation responsible for that initiative. Awards will be presented for initiatives which:

  1. Empowers women in a community or organisation in Australia
  2. Empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia
  3. Empowers women with a Disability in a community or organisation in Australia
  4. Empowers Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women in a community or organisation in Australia
  5. Empowers Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Intersex, Queer (LBGTIQ) women in a community or organisation in Australia
  6. Empowers women experiencing disadvantage in a community or organisation in Australia
  7. Empowers older women in a community or organisation in Australia
  8. Empowers rural, remote and regional women in a community or organisation in Australia.

For the full list of the 2016 Diversity Award Ambassadors, profiles of our stellar judging panel, proud sponsors and information on how to enter,
please visit: http://www.leadershipforwomen.com.au/recognition/aclw-s-new-diversity-award

Diversity in Leadership

The Australian Centre for Leadership for Women is conducting an ACLW research study survey, entitled, Diversity in Leadership which explores the extent to which leadership is inclusive of diversity in Australia particularly in relation to the following minority groups:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  • Women with a Disability
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women
  • Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Intersex, Queer (LBGTIQ) women
  • Older women
  • Rural, remote and regional women

This survey is aimed at any person in Australia who holds a management or leadership position within an organisation that is involved with minority groups. As such, this survey is not open to the public and is only being circulated to relevant organisations.

The Survey response deadline is 15 December 2015.

The Survey is at

The Labrys Project | Rainbow Blues

Picture1While depression and anxiety is generally becoming a more common experience in people’s lives, for lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women, the rates of depression and anxiety are significantly higher. For those experiencing depression, their friends and partners, it can be a bewildering and frustrating time.

This workshop provides some insights into understanding depression and anxiety, why it seems to affect more lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women, helpful hints on living with depression and how to support someone who is depressed or has an anxiety disorder.

Target audience

  • Lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women
  • Partners, friends and family of lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women living with depression
  • Lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women’s community leaders

When | Wednesday 23 September, 6 – 8pm

Where | Wollongong Community Gateway Hub, 26 Atchison St, Wollongong

Cost | Free

RSVPs | Vicky Coumbe
Ph |  9206 2121 | Mobile: 0448 756 937
Email |  vcoumbe@acon.org.au

Tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided.

New @ the Women’s Health Centre


FREE Information Sessions

NSW Fair Trading will be holding FREE information sessions at the Centre.

  • Scam Awareness | Current Scams  and how to avoid losing money. Wednesday 16th September 11.00am -12.00pm
  • Product Safety | Products,toys  and safe  use. Tuesday 22nd September 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tenancy Renting | Bonds, Condition Reports. Tuesday 13th October 11.00am -12.00pm

Pelvic Floor Exercise Course
Next Course starts on Wednesday October 7th and will be held in two locations, at the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre and Unanderra Community Centre. 6 week course $8 per week or $40 if paid in advance. Please call to register on 42556800.

Carers Group | Come and join us on
Tuesday 15th September 2015 10.00am – 12.00pm
There will be some fun activities on valuing your mind, mindfulness and meditation lead by a Brahma Kamaris and a lovely morning tea. For more information call 4255 6800 or email gabi@womenshealthcentre.com.au

Mothers and Daughters | Puberty Matters
Join our three week course to help mothers and daughter 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.

Date: 6.00pm – 8.00pm Thursdays for 3 weeks starting 15th October $10 per family to cover costs. Please call to book 4255 6800

Women’s Healthy Relationship Group 
This group is run by Family Services Illawarra and is about strengthening relationships through sharing and support.

Date: Friday’s  10.00am – 12.00pm for 8 weeks starting 23rd October
Please contact Gai on 0439 428 816 or Lisa 0407 016 293 to book

FREE Group Tutoring | Essay Writing
In high school or know of anyone in  high school that needs some help with their essay writing. Join Cassie on Monday afternoons at 3.15 for some FREE group tutoring. Starts 12th October. Afternoon tea provided.

Living Well with Pain 
Do you live with pain and would like to learn more on how to  manage your pain and what options are available?
Date: 9th October 10.00 – 2.00.
Cost: $5  (lunch provided)
Please call 4255 6800 to book

New Massage Therapist! 
We now have a new massage therapist available Tuesday and Wednesday. Specialising  in Hot Stone Massage and Relaxation massage. $40 for 1 hour or $30 Concession.

New Social Group (Starting soon) 
We have a new  Social Group starting soon. The group will meet at the centre to organise outings, movies, theatre, dining, walks etc. Please call 42556800 to register your interest.

Evening Meditation.
New evening Meditation starting soon. Please call to leave you contact details so we can contact you with start date and time.