At the Wagga Women’s Health Centre we offer a range of services for women in the community, including:
Trauma Specialist counselling is available Monday to Thursday for those who have experienced trauma, including women who have experienced domestic violence, women who are adult survivors of child sexual assault and sexual assault. There is no limit to the number of counselling sessions that a client may access.
Appointments are required and referral is by self referral.
The Crisis Support Worker is available to spend time with women that may be experiencing a crisis or who just need someone to speak with, for example those who may be experiencing domestic violence. This is a confidential, safe and relaxed space for women to be heard. Drop in and appointments are available and a range of resources and information are also on hand. Safety planning, self-care and referral options can be explored as needed.
Support can be accessed anonymously.
The Wagga Women’s Health Centre offers a range of different groups that are available free of charge to women within the community.
Groups that have run or are running at the Wagga Women’s Health Centre include:
- Women’s Wellness Group: For older women. Come along for friendly social discussions, book club discussions, guest speakers and games. Held every Monday, 10am – 12pm.
- Trauma Support Group: This is a 10 week therapeutic group for women who have experienced trauma. For more information please contact the Centre.
The groups listed are held at 22 Peter Street, Wagga Wagga.
The Economic Wellbeing program is one of a preventative measure to assist, support and strengthen a woman’s financial security and sense of self worth. The program seeks to encourage women to be more financially knowledgeable and to be able to make financial decisions that will optimise their standard of living.
The economic wellbeing worker will assist in and address specific personal financial needs, from budget planning for the household, to debt management. Each persons own specific needs will be identified and a personal, planned, financial strategy will be developed. Please contact the Centre for an appointment.
Health Education and Promotion
Health Education & Promotion services at Wagga Women’s Health Centre focus on empowering women to take charge of their own health.
Through building skills, sharing knowledge and participating in health programs, we believe that women can improve their health and help to prevent chronic illness and lifestyle diseases that commonly impact on the lives of women.
The Wagga Women’s Health Centre offers Massage at the Centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Centre offers the services of fully qualified professional female therapists in a safe, relaxed and confidential environment.
At the Wagga Women’s Health Centre we have a library with a wide range of books on various topics. Membership to the Wagga Women’s Health Centre library is free to women of the community. Books may be borrowed for up to a month.
The Wagga Women’s Health Centre has computer and internet access available free of charge to women of the community during opening hours.
Advocacy, Community Education and Social Action
Staff members are available on request to conduct talks on many aspects of women’s health, including adult survivors of child sexual assault and domestic violence, among others. Through advocacy, community education and social action, we are breaking down societal myths and stereotypes that exist in regards to issues affecting women, especially domestic violence and sexual assault. Listed below are examples of the ways in which we actively promote the rights of, and issues affecting, women.
Domestic Violence Liaison Committee
The Wagga Women’s Health Centre is a member of the Wagga Wagga Local Domestic Violence Liaison Committee. The aim of this committee is to work from an inter-agency framework to educate and raise awareness of domestic and family violence, in order to reduce incidents of domestic and family violence within our communities.
“No More Silence about Domestic and Family Violence” Campaign
The Wagga Women’s Health Centre is part of a sub-committee of the Domestic Violence Liaison Committee, the “No More Silence about Domestic and Family Violence” Campaign. The Wagga Women’s Health Centre is the lead agency for this campaign. The “No More Silence” campaign was developed in 2003 and since then various resources have been devloped. In 2005 drink coasters were developed to be placed in hotels and clubs, in 2009 information cards were developed to be placed in hairdressing salons, in 2010 serviettes were developed to be placed in coffee shops, and in 2011 information cards were produced to be placed in doctor’s surgeries. In 2012 we are working on putting information into outlying villages of Wagga Wagga, including Uranqunity, Mangoplah, Forest Hill, Tarcutta, Humula and Ladysmith, and also into the practices of allied health professionals.
Please contact us for any further information about the “No More Silence” campaign, or if you are interested in accessing our resources.
Day of Action Against Sexual Assault
The Day of Action against Sexual Assault is held on the last Thursday in August each year. The aim of the day is to; celebrate women’s survival of sexual assault, inform sexual assault survivors of their options and let them know they are not alone, acknowledge the efforts and successes of women who work with those survivors and draw attention to the continuing need for public education and support services.
16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day
Each year the Wagga Women’s Health Centre participates in the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women, in conjunction with White Ribbon Day.
International Women’s Day
Each year around the world International Women’s Day is held on the 8th of March. Events are held to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. International Women’s Day is about celebrating the vital role women play in enhancing economic security for their families, communities and countries as a whole while recognizing that significant barriers to achieving women’s economic security and equality continue to exist. Every year for International Women’s Day the Wagga Women’s Health Centre holds an event. Previously we have partnered with the Kapooka Community, Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga, Women’s Health Clinic and Wagga Wagga City Council. We have also had a stall in the Wagga Wagga Marketplace and handed out over 200 pamper bags to women in the community, with each bag containing a handmade soap, candle, chocolates, community information brochures and affirmation cards.
Information of a wide range of physical and emotional health issues
We have a wide range of information and fact sheets available for women of both physical and emotional health issues. Some useful websites that also contain information relating the women’s health are listed below.
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health
Healthy Eating – Nutrition Australia
Make Healthy Normal
Women and Heart Disease
Women’s Health New South Wales
7th Annual Women’s Health Conference
Women’s Health Clinic
69 Brookong Avenue
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650
Ph: (02) 6938 6511
Fax: (02) 6938 6504
Reception times: Mon – Wed 9am to 4.30pm. Please ring during these times for an appointment.
Doctors Clinic on Mondays and Women’s Health Nurse Clinic on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Services are free and include; pap smears, breast checks, contraceptive advice, fitting of diaphragms, pregnancy testing, testing for sexually transmissible infections, menstruation, menopause and sexuality issues.
Some websites and telephone services that provide further information are listed below
Rape and Domestic Violence Service Australia
NSW Rape Crisis
1800 424 017 (24/7)
1800 737 732 (24/7)
Sexual Assault Counselling Australia
for those affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
1800 211 028 (8am – 11pm AEST)
R&DVSA have access to a free telephone interpreting service. Please let the counsellor know if you require an interpreter and we will arrange it for you.