Embrace

When body image activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photograph in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy.

In her forceful debut, Brumfitt continues her crusade exploring the global issue of body loathing. She travels the world to interview an impressive range of women about their attitudes to their bodies, including: Mia Freedman, the youngest ever editor of the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan; Adelaide researcher Professor Marika Tiggemann; UK talk show host/photographer Amanda de Cadenet; body image blogger Jess Baker (a.k.a. The Militant Baker); and motivational speaker Turia Pitt.

Embrace will be shown at the Gala Cinema, Warrawong on Wednesday 21 September, 6.30pm.

Buy tickets here

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.

Picture3Special Events @ IWHC

Next Week | Koori Women’s Group Healing Hearts DVD launch!

All welcome! We are proud to be supporting the launch of the Koori Women’s Group Healing Hearts DVD. This short film profiles the strength and importance of Koori women in our community. This inspiring production brings together elders and young women to talk about what their hearts mean to them – emotionally, spiritually, physically and how this connects them to and underpins community.
When | Thursday 3rd April 4-8pm
Where | Centenary Hall, Albion Park
Keynote Speaker | Gareth Ward MP (Member for Kiama)
Guest Speakers | Anna Watson MP (Member for Shellharbour), The Hon Linda Burney (Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) and Cr Marianne Shaliba (Mayor, Shellharbour City Council).
Music and food provided – come along to help us celebrate!!

New!

Want to quit smoking? Come to our new 6 week program where Gabi our health promotion officer will work with you to quit. 1 May at 11am for two hours. Call 4255 6800 to book your place

Single Mum? A new group is forming within the Illawarra community to support single women and their children. Come along, and help get it started with your own ideas about what you want and what you need. 30th April at 10am @ IWHC. Call Denika on 0431 095 530

Coming Soon | Dietician/nutritionist and Acupuncturist – call 4255 6800 to put your name on our waiting list.

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 4225 6800. Rooms are free of charge.

Regular activities @ IWHC

(some activities won’t be on from 14-25 April due to the school holidays, Easter and Anzac Day – please call 4255 6800 to confirm your activity is on)

Mondays:
10am-12.30pm: Women’s Circle – meditation, group discussions, card readings, mini Reiki sessions (no cost, all welcome meets every Monday)

Tuesdays:
10-11am: Yoga – great for seniors ($8 a class)
11.30-2.30pm: Craft Connections FREE
7-9pm: Belly dancing ($12.50 a class)

Wednesdays:
11am-12pm: Tai Chi for beginners ($7 a class)
1.3-2.3pm: Strength & Conditioning
2-4pm: Fibromyalgia Support Group (meets last Wednesday of the month, entrance via rear door of Centre)
6-7.00pm: Drumming – beginners (for more information contact Elena 0408 111 093)
7- 8.00pm: Drumming – advanced (for more information contact Elena 0408 111 093)

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:
12-1pm: HeartMoves, a gentle exercise program providing a fun, social and safe way to be active. $4 a class. Please call 4225 6800 to book.
7-8.30pm: Sing for your Soul – May 23rd, 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.

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.

Special health care services @ IWHC

Below is a list of some of our services @IWHC that we’ve decided to highlight this month.
Appointments are ALWAYS necessary – NO DROP-IN SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE
CALL 4255 6800 for appointments unless alternate mobile number is provided below

We very warmly welcome Dr Sheena Wilmot and Dr Ann Schippers who will be starting at our Centre in April and May, and our sincere thanks to Dr Alison McIntyre, who although retiring after working for 4 years here and providing such wonderful service will be returning periodically to keep supporting us.

Women’s Health Doctor will be available for consultations on 22-23 April, every Thursday starting 1st May and also on 5-6 May.

Women’s Health Nurse Consultant Clinic is available Monday to Thursday

Mondays:
Psychologist (Desley Hennessy) by appointment 0412 123 293 (Bulk billing available with a mental health plan)
Homeopath (Helen McGuire) by appointment 0407 840 387
Naturopath (Amanda Howe) by appointment 0411 217 768
Massage by appointment 4225 6800

Tuesdays:
Psychologist (Desley Hennessy) by appointment 0412 123 293 (Bulk billing available with a mental health plan)
Lomi Lomi massage (Hawaiin) by appointment 4225 6800

Wednesdays:
Bowen Therapist (Deb Salvesen) by appointment 0439 493 513
Bowen Therapy is a gentle, relaxing technique that provides relief for many types of injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic.
4-6pm Counsellor, by appointment FREE

Thursdays:
9am-4pm Counsellor by appointment FREE
9am-4pm Massage Therapist (Linda Fenech) by appointment 4255 6800

Fridays:
9am-4pm Counsellor (free of charge to all women)
9am-4pm Massage Therapist (Linda Fenech) by appointment 4255 6800
Reflexology – for appointments please call Denise on 0402 86 3611.

Free legal advice
Provided by a lawyer from the Illawarra Legal Centre. 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 10am-12pm. Appointments essential – call 42556800

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is located at 2-14 Belfast Ave, Warilla.
P | 4255 6800

To subscribe to our monthly information update please email info@womenshealthcentre.com.au.

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is a women’s health focused medical practice and health care centre, where we also provide a range of complementary therapies, a pelvic floor chair, massage, counselling, educative groups/sessions on women’s health and wellbeing and we provide rooms free of charge for women’s groups to meet. The majority of our services are low cost or are for free.

www.womenshealthcentre.com.au