At the Wagga Women’s Health Centre we offer a range of services for women in the community, including:
- Counselling & support for women who have survived child sexual assault
- Group work
- Support for women in crisis
- Economic Wellbeing program
- Health Education and Promotion
- Complementary Therapies
- Advocacy, Community Education and Social Action
- Information of a wide range of physical and emotional health issues
- Feminist Library
- Computer and Internet Access
At the Wagga Women’s Health Centre we have a Trauma Specialist Counsellor who is available by appointment to see women. Women from the LGBTIQ community, Aboriginal women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse cultures are welcome to access all services offered by the Centre.
Trauma 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.
Services at the Centre follow Trauma Informed Practice principles.
What Happens in the Counselling Session?
Counselling is about empowering women to make their own decisions in their lives.
Counselling allows women to:
- Form a trusting and safe relationship
- Feel listened to and validated
- Be empowered to take control of their life
- Identify strengths and inner resources
- Develop and move towards achieving personal goals
- Heal emotionally
- Gain information about other resources that may be available
Examples of some issues women see our counsellor for include, but are not limited to:
- Domestic violence
- Experiences of trauma
- Depression and anxiety
- Grief and loss
- Family and relationship issues
Some websites and telephone services that provide further information on some of these issues are listed below.
Rape and Domestic Violence Service Australia
||1800 424 017||(24/7)|
||1800 737 732||(24/7)|
||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.
Counselling & support for women who have survived child sexual assault
At Wagga Women’s Health Centre we offer individual counselling services and groups for women who have experienced sexual abuse as children. The Adult Survivor’s Program is committed to working with women to support them in discovering ways of healing and working with their experiences of child sexual abuse.
The Adult Survivors’ Program provides:
- A safe environment
What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child sexual abuse is a CRIME.
It is estimated that one in four girls and one in seven boys will experience some form of sexual or indecent assault before they reach the age of 18 years. In most instances of child sexual assault the perpetrator will be known to the child, most commonly being a family member, family friend or trusted community member. The perpetrator will usually use a number of strategies to make the child believe the violence is their fault or that telling will lead to something terrible happening. Rape and Domestic Violence Service Australia 2016
For further information visit the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia webpage:
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.
- Afghan Women’s Group: For Afghan women. This group is run in conjunction with STARTTS and is a relaxed group providing a social get together and women’s health information. Translator services are available and afternoon tea is provided. This is a free group that runs 2.30pm – 4.00pm Thursdays during school terms.
- 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 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.
Economic Wellbeing worker
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 & 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.
Women as individuals, groups or communities are encouraged to access these services. Most services are provided at no cost.
The following Health Education & Promotion services are currently available at the Centre;
- ‘Plan for Health’ – One-on-One Health Education Sessions This service is for women wishing to work together with our Health Promotion Worker in a One-on-One Session to improve their health.
This service is for women wishing to work together with our Health Promotion Worker in a One-on-One Session to improve their health.
These sessions aim to support women to identify their health needs and overcome barriers that may currently stop them from achieving better health.
This may include, but is not limited to; healthy eating, being more physically active, managing stress levels and learning about other organisations in our community that can support women as they build a healthy lifestyle.
Please contact the Centre to make an appointment for this service.
If you have a special interest in, or would like to participate in the following future programs, please contact us at the Centre.
- Kitchen Garden program
- Gentle Exercise or Participation-Focused program
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.
The addition of complementary therapies to the Centre supports the work of the counsellor, and benefits women in an holistic health care model by treating the person within the context of their own lives. These therapies assist in achieving and maintaining good health and improve relaxation, concentration and memory.
All services are available to women with limited mobility. Please let staff know of any issues at the time of booking.
Massage: Appointments are available every Tuesday & Wednesday morning. Cost $20/half hour appointment.
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.
- BreastScreen NSW
- Jean Hailes for Women’s Health
- Healthy Eating – Nutrition Australia
- Make Healthy Normal
- Ovarian Cancer
- 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.
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.
Computer and Internet Access
The Wagga Women’s Health Centre has computer and internet access available free of charge to women of the community during opening hours.