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Women's Community Based Health Services

Women’s community based health services are safe and non-judgmental spaces women can access support in a number of health areas, including counselling, mental health and wellbeing, maternal, reproductive and sexual health, wellbeing groups and activities, workshops and courses and health information.

Women’s community based health services are designed for all women with different backgrounds and individual experiences and aim to provide quality services that deeply understand the factors and environments that shape women’s health and wellbeing.

Women’s community based health services work within what is commonly referred to as the Social Model of Health, meaning different areas of a woman’s life are thought about such as family, social, cultural, political and environmental factors.

Women’s community based health services work within what is commonly referred to as the Social Model of Health, meaning different areas of a woman’s life are thought about such as family, social, cultural, political and environmental factors.

Services work from a trauma informed approach meaning support is guided by the individual at their own pace and women are not forced to make decisions they don’t want to. Although women’s community-based health centres are not crisis centres they can be the first service women access when experiencing abuse or a life crisis

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Women’s community based health centers

Women’s community based health centres function like ‘hubs’ and are run by caring staff. They can provide a safe, women only place to stop and talk, link in when extra support is needed, a health check or to participate in a group or workshop, like a new mums and bubs program or a self-esteem workshop.

These centres aren’t necessarily known by the wider public as places that offer services like family and domestic violence support, but they are safe and confidential spaces women can access without fear of judgement or worry about people finding out. Many have free-crèches available on site. Women’s community based health services can also refer onto other specialist services.

Women’s community based health centres are also appropriate services for women who face barriers to accessing other health service such as:

  • Aboriginal women
  • CALD women
  • The LGBTQI community
  • Women with disabilities
  • Women with complex health, economic and social circumstances
  • Women in a caring role

Women’s community-based health centres are also ideal for women who may be experiencing major life stressors such as divorce, job loss, death of a family member, injury or illness or providing care for a child with a disability.

Western Australia has twelve women’s community based health services which include seven metropolitan and five regional services. Women can access any of these services across the State; not just the ones nearest to where they live.

Overall women’s community based health centre’s aim to empower women by providing the information, support, and resources to assist with good health, wellbeing and a positive life.

Key services offered

Although adaptable in their approach the key service areas of women’s community based health services are:

  • Counselling
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Health clinics
  • Chronic conditions and healthy ageing (dietitians and cooking classes)
  • Wellness groups and activities
  • Workshops and courses
  • Health promotion and health education within the community
  • Health information
  • Specialist service referral

Please note some services may incur a small fee, this information will be available on the individual services website.

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