NOVEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER WOMEN’S HEALTH RESOURCE CENTRE 28 Sanford Street, Geraldton PO Box 2100 Phone: (08) 9964 2742 Fax (08) 9964 2811 Free Call: 1800 196 688 Email : [email protected] www.whrc.org.au We provide a unique and holistic approach to health by delivering accessible, affordable and confidential health and wellbeing services to all women in the community. THE BIG PRAM WALK “Just speak up” Last year Women’s Health Resource Centre held Geraldton’s first “Big Pram Walk” during Post natal Depression Week. Due to the success of this first one and the importance on getting awareness out into the community around perinatal depression and anxiety, we have organised another event for the 20th November 2014. This one will be bigger and better with more community organisation partners and lots more children’s activities and information bags for mums. 28 Sanford Street Our services include: FREE EVENT Thursday 20th November 2014 MAITLAND PARK Counselling Individual appointments Unplanned pregnancy Referral Service Morning tea Walk leaving 9.30am sharp—returning 10am Please come and walk with us and raise awareness of perinatal depression and anxiety. We encourage all women to “just speak up” and seek support to feel better. Kids activities including story time & face painting Clinical Services Female GP clinic Pap smear clinic STI checks Breast checks Free pregnancy testing Advice on: Contraception Incontinence & Sexual health Other Services Health Education Mums Matter Perinatal Mental Health group Visiting Legal Service Referrals and Information Therapeutic and support groups Health promotion activities including workshops, women’s group programs & events Nutrition & cooking sessions Internet Access NOVEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER MUMS MATTER Need legal advice? The Mums Matter Group continues to meet Thursday mornings at Recently separated? Womens Health Resource Centre, 28 Sanford Street, Geraldton. What about the kids? Being a mum is one of the most rewarding and important roles in Sandy, Paralegal from Geraldton Resource Centre will be at Women’s Health Resource Centre on Tuesday 11th November 2014. your life. But it can sometimes be a stressful and challenging jour- Please phone 9964 2742 for bookings. This is a free service for women. ney. We invite mums to “Mums Matter”, a supportive and nurturing group, for an opportunity to make new friends and learn self-help strategies using creative approaches. The group meets weekly and there is a set program which runs to coincide with each school term. We offer informative sessions about selfesteem, goal setting, values and healthy thinking alongside creative activities and pampering sessions. Term 4 16th October—18th December 09.30—11.00am (facilitators from 10-11am) Friends of WHRC Annual fees, which are due 1st July 2014: RSVP is required for crèche and sessions – please phone 9964 2742 DATE TOPIC 30th October Cath Dalle—Learn to massage 6th November Mindfulness for busy mums 13th November Stress management on the go 20th November The Big Pram Walk—Maitland Park NON ATTENDANCE FEES 27th November Self esteem for mums Part 1 As from 1st November 2014, a fee of $15 will occur for all clients who book an appointment with our professional staff and do not show up to this appointment. Women who notify us within 24 hours of the appointment will not be charged. The new fee applies for GP service, counselling and all nurse appointments. Clients will not be able to rebook until this fee is paid. 4th December Self esteem for mums Part 2 11th December Good enough parenting (not perfect parenting) 18th December Christmas outing All women $10 It is unfortunate that we have had to implement this fee but our professional services are not being respected by some clients and this is basically wasting our vital funds as we cannot fill the appointments at short notice. We strive hard to seek and obtain funds for all our services and hope that our clients understand this and respect the services we offer. Page 2 We thank our Mums Matter sponsor—MMG GP DATES Dr Bacon will be consulting on Monday 10th and 24th November 2014. Appointments are available from 9:10am until 1:50pm and are for women only and for women’s health issues. This is a bulk-billing clinic. Please phone 9964 2742 to book an appointment and please bring your Medicare card. We are unable to see clients who do not produce their Medicare card. SEXUAL HEALTH NURSES The Sexual Health Nurses now work to an appointment system in the clinical program. This program is available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9am to 2pm. Clinical appointments can be made with the Sexual Health Nurses for Pap smears, STI checks, pregnancy tests, breast checks, continence advice, contraception advice and sexual health information. Unplanned pregnancy counselling appointments are also offered to women through this service. Please advise staff when booking what appointment is required so an appropriate time can be allocated. 28 Sanford Street, Geraldton P O Box 2100 Phone: (08) 9964 2742 Fax (08) 9964 2811 DIABETES WELL DAY “Celebrate Women’s Diversity” End of Year Lunch On Friday 14th November 2014, we will hold a health promotion event that focuses on diabetes prevention and diabetes. As healthy eating begins with breakfast we have decided to hold a healthy breakfast/brunch to celebrate World Diabetes Day. We would like to highlight the importance of eating healthy to help prevent type 2 diabetes and avoid the serious complications of diabetes. Women are invited to join us for a Go Blue for Breakfast/Brunch at Women’s Health Resource Centre, 28 Sanford Street, Geraldton starting at 9am. We will be preparing a healthy breakfast/brunch with Catherine Dumont, Dietitian. Following this Catherine will be doing a talk on diabetes prevention and will have diabetes information available for women. Please wear blue, the colour of the blue circle— global symbol for diabetes awareness. Tuesday 16th December 2014 12-2pm Fitzgerald Hall, Chapman Road, Bluff Point Bring a plate of food to share Drinks will be supplied Cost $5 adults and $2 per child (pre payment required). Midwest Multicultural Association will partner us with this event. To book your place phone 9964 2742 or call into WHRC, 28 Sanford Street, Geraldton. Unite for diabetes! Diabetes is serious and there are 280 new cases in Australia every day. Diabetes threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system. About 1.1 million Australians currently know they have diabetes and live with it every day. Hundreds of thousands of Australians have silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Over 2 million Australians have pre-diabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Bookings are essential as we need numbers for catering. Please phone 9964 2742 or email [email protected] if you are intending to participate. MIDWEST MULTICULTURAL MUMS (MMM) Parenting and support group Next meeting is on Monday 17th November from 930am—11am. Guest speaker will be Terri from the Geraldton Library who will talk to mums what is on offer for children at the library. All women and children are welcome and please bring a plate to share for morning tea. For further information contact group leader Jannah on 0403490512 or WHRC 9964 2742 Women’s Health Community Garden Come and join our new weekly Gardening Group Women’s Health Resource Centre 28 Sanford Street Fridays at 9am For an hour of relaxation and togetherness in the garden, then grab a cuppa. Planting flowers and vegetables and then tending to them weekly as they grow and so do your connections Our first plant day is on Friday 7th November 2014 Please bring gloves, hat and enthusiasm! “Putting the pieces together for women’s health” WOMEN’S HEALTH RESOURCE CENTRE Other Notices FREE CARER WORKSHOP Living with Uncertainty VOLUNTEER AND SPONSOR MORNING TEA Women’s Health Resource Centre will be holding it’s annual volunteer and sponsor morning tea at 10am on Tuesday 18th November 2014 in our library room. All WHRC volunteers and sponsors are Are you worried about the future for yourself and the person you care for? invited to this morning tea so we can formally thank them. Is this worry affecting your health, the time you spend with family and friends, your mood or sleep? Volunteers form an important part of our organisation and continue to assist us in many different In this workshop, we will be: ways, including provision of services, helping out at events and donating their time at our Centre with groups. We are also thankful to our sponsors who support our Pap smear program and health promotion events during the year. Acknowledging uncertainty Managing worry Developing strategies to problem solve We thank our Pap smear program sponsors for this year: Ian Blayney MLA Member for Geraldton When: Friday 21st November 2014 10:00am to 1:30pm Where: Conference Room Lotteries House 114 Sanford Street Geraldton Cost: FREE! Light lunch will be provided To RSVP please contact Patricia Mullumby at Carers WA on 1300 227 377 or email [email protected] MARCH AGAINST VIOLENCE (MAV) 2014 Date: 25th November, 2014 Venue: Edith Cowan Square – Marine Terrace (across from the Courthouse) Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm WHRC will again be supporting Chrysalis Support Services when they hold their annual march through the streets of Geraldton to raise community awareness of the harmful effects of family and domestic violence and sexual assault. Too many people are unaware of the harmful effects of violence in our community. Most people relate to family violence in a physical way, through punching, slapping, and kicking, shoving or sexual abuse. Family violence is in fact far more extensive, encompassing mental, verbal, financial and psychological abuse. Midwest Anti-trafficking Group Inc. Presents Human Trafficking WHAT’S GOING ON? With Brianna Lee, PHD Candidate, Murdoch University, School of Law Tuesday 4th November 2014 7.30pm @ St George’s Hall, Bluff Point, Geraldton Donations welcome and appreciated. The March Against Violence objectives: Raise community awareness of the destructive and damaging effect of domestic & sexual violence. Empower the community with knowledge and resources through information stalls from service providers. Honour people who have died in the past 12 months from family and domestic violence related incidents – ‘that one death is too many’. Empower our community that we will “Not be Silent and Stand up against Violence”. Encourage community engagement with zero tolerance towards violence in our community. Promoting services and programs to assist any person needing support. Please come and walk with us or drop by and see us at our stall at the event.
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