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Survey Deadline EXTENDED

Help us to provide better health & support services to women.

We are seeking to survey women in Western Australia about their health needs and concerns, how they seek help for their health issues, barriers to getting help and what they do to keep healthy.

The information you provide will be used to assist us to improve the health and support services that community-based women’s health centres provide. Traditionally, women’s health centres provide counselling, clinics, support groups and activities.

If you have 5 minutes, we would love to hear from you!

You can tell us what you think by doing our survey.

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This survey is anonymous and no personal identifying information is collected.  The surveys are open until 23 August, 2017.

This research is a joint collaboration between the Women’s Community Health Network WA and the Women’s Health Strategy and Programs Unit, Women and Newborn Health Service, WA Health.

Midland’s Biggest Morning Tea

IMG_1748MWHCP has a long-standing relationship with Cancer Council, and we were delighted to host a marathon Midland’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 25th May at 4 The Avenue, Midland. We opened our doors and set up tables in the Avon room, decorating with flowers, our favourite china and displaying pieces from our talented Art Expressions and Craft Connections groups.

We had a steady flow of guests from 9 am to 3 pm joining us for tea, cake, friendship and fun. Thank you to our wonderful, tea-making, dish-washing, good humored volunteers – Michelle (craft), Jess (student), Deirdre (Tai Chi) and Kay (member) for making the day run smoothly from beginning to end. We had a magnificent offering of fruit cakes, sponges with jam, cream and fruit, caramel slice, scones, and classic lamingtons, including a healthy gluten-free slice. Many thanks to our generous bakers from the Board, staff, services, clients and group participants.

Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. Today, there are more than 1.1 million Australians who are either living with cancer or who have survived a diagnosis. Cancer Council is the nation’s leading cancer charity, uniting the community, creating hope, providing support and saving lives.

Cancer Council offers all kinds of support for people living with cancer, their families and carers, from financial and legal assistance, to counselling services. Call 13 11 20 for free, confidential support and information.

Cancer Council is the leading independent funder of cancer research in Australia, funding and leading all kinds of research into cancer prevention, detection, treatment and support. The research breakthroughs play a part in giving people with cancer, and their families, hope, and time together they didn’t think they’d have.

It’s estimated that 1 in 3 cancers in Australia are preventable. Cancer Council provides support and resources to help Australians reduce their cancer risk, through prevention and early detection measures such as quitting smoking, being SunSmart, regular screening, exercising and maintaining a balanced diet,and advise government for improved cancer policy and prevention.

Cyril Jackson Health Festival

CJ Health Festival Lunch

On Wed 10 May, MWHCP staff, Kate and Sara were delighted to attend the Cyril Jackson Health Festival. Staff holders were treated to healthy snacks, morning tea and a delicious lunch by the students from the Cert II Hospitality students, as the campus opened its doors to regional students from Balladura Community College, John Forrest Secondary College, Morley Senior High and Edith Cowan University.

With over 50 stands with representatives from agencies such as Centrelink, Sexual Health Quarters, Palmerston Perth, Holyoake Drumbeat and Royal Life Saving Society, students were offered a wealth of information and resources. Thank you to Debra Fitzsimons, Campus Community Coordinator and mastermind of this wonderful event.

MWHCP ran an interactive stall engaging students in conversations about healthy coping skills for managing stress and anxiety. Students clearly identified with the use of several techniques such mindfulness colouring, exercise, health eating, journaling and talking with friends.

We had a bit of fun talking about Stones Have Feelings Too cards from St Luke’s Innovative Resources. Describing feelings is at the heart of emotional literacy and therapeutic work. Yet, sometimes people interpret feelings very differently. Each card in this set features a stone on one side, and three words on the reverse to describe the emotion shown.

If you, or someone close to you is struggling with your mental wellbeing come and talk to the counselling staff at MWHCP. We offer low cost counselling, workshops and referrals to relevant local services.

Home Medicine Review – What is it?


Do you know your medicines? If medicines aren’t used properly, or if the wrong ones are used together, the results can be serious. At our March Paper Bag Lunch event, Consultant Pharmacist Shirley Harrison joined us to talk about the benefits of a Home Medicine Review (HMR).

Each year more than 140,000 Australians have to go to hospital with problems caused by their medicine. It has been shown that in up to 69% of these cases the problem can be avoided. Older people are particularly at risk.

As a response to this problem, and in light of research done through the Third Community Pharmacy Agreement, the Home Medicines Review (HMR) Program was developed. It is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

What’s involved in a Home Medicines Review (HMR)?

An HMR involves your GP and an accredited pharmacist of your choice. Your GP sets up the review by writing a referral to the pharmacist. A pharmacist conducts an interview, preferably in the comfort of your own home, and then writes a report back to the GP. The GP will discuss any recommendations with you and may make appropriate changes to your medication regimen. The solutions may involve:

  • showing you how to take your medicines correctly
  • explaining why and when to take them
  • explaining where they should be stored
  • what to expect when taking them
  • what problems you should report to the GP
  • checking that prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines and vitamins are appropriate to take together
  • clarifying any confusion with generic medicines
  • giving you some help so you can remember to take your medicines
  • changing your medicines.

Who should have an HMR?

HMRs are particularly useful for people who:

  • take more than five medicines a day
  • have recently spent time in hospital
  • are concerned about their medicines
  • are confused about their medicines
  • do not always remember to take their medicines.

How much does it cost?

The pharmacist’s review and report is paid for by the Australian government, so it will not cost you anything. Your GP may bulk-bill or charge you for the GP consultations.

If you (or someone you care for) might benefit from having an HMR, talk to your GP or pharmacist about organising one.

Information from NPS Medicinewise

Do you want to be an eSafety Woman?


With a long-standing involvement in White Ribbon Day Midland Women’s Health Care Place was keen to host an eSafetyWomen workshop in March. eSafetyWomen is designed to empower Australian women to take control of their online experiences. This initiative of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner forms part of the Australian Government’s Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence.

All Australians deserve to be safe online. However, one in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse from a current or former partner, and one in six Australian women has experienced violence from a current or former partner. * In most cases this abuse and violence includes the use of technology to abuse, control and stalk. **

The eSafetyWomen resources aim to help women manage technology risks and abuse by giving women the tools they need to be confident when online.

Safe access to technology is crucial for women so they can stay connected to their family and friends, engage with the world, and get information and support. eSafetyWomen helps women stay connected safely.

Resources available include:

Lifestyle > Know your device

Being Social > Explore your social side with confidence

Take Control > Women’s stories

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012, Personal Safety, cat. no. 4906.0

**Source: Women’s Legal Service NSW, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and WESNET

International Women’s Day Celebrated

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Clockwise from left: Mary Papadopoulos, Alyssa Hayden, Michelle Roberts, Debbie Mason, Patsy Molloy, Di Ryder (photo courtesy of Community Newspaper).

International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March was a day to remember at 4 The Avenue in Midland as over 30 members, staff, clients and friends gathered to celebrate the day. Midland Women’s Health Care Place invited Whadjuk Noongar Elder Di Ryder, local politicians Michelle Roberts and Alyssa Hayden to join other women working in the community for afternoon tea.

Debbie Mason gave the keynote speech. Debbie is the City of Bayswater’s Australia Day WA Citizen of the Year for her work with Starting Over Support. The not-for-profit organization helps victims of domestic violence start again. Three years ago, the service started in a double garage and a granny flat. Today SOS is based out of a Bayswater warehouse, doing up to five deliveries a week of cleaning products, tables, chairs, vases, cutlery, power boards and other items needed to start life over.

Debbie pointed out that “The biggest problem for women who’ve come from a domestic violence situation is that everything seems so difficult, everything’s a challenge and this is one thing that helps make life normal.”

SOS assists a variety of crisis refuges, Government and non- Government agencies who deal with families and individuals escaping domestic violence or disruption. The service is run solely by volunteers.

How you can help?

Volunteers – needed to assist in many areas

Events – attend and support events

Direct monetary donations

Donate pre-loved items, especially white goods such as fridges, washing machines, microwaves. Also, furniture (that is not too bulky) queen bed ensembles, single beds, chest of drawers, small wardrobes.

The warehouse is currently open Tuesday and Thursday 9am-2pm for you to drop off your items. For larger items that require pickup, send an email to Please understand that SOS may not be able to attend to your pick up immediately.

For more information see Starting Over Support Facebook page


Letting Go of Depression

Do you want to learn some skills for letting go of depression?

Each year, depression affects around 1 million Australian adults, and over 2 million are affected by anxiety. Depression and Anxiety are identified as the two most prevalent conditions that clients present to counseling with.

To answer the need for compassionate support and education in developing skills to manage depression and anxiety, Midland Women’s Health Care Place offers free workshops and very affordable six week courses in developing skills and strategies to manage Depression and Anxiety.

The workshops and courses have been designed by Sara, one of the counsellors at MWHCP using her skills as a Clinical Psychologist and are co-facilitated by fellow counsellor Sharon.

The groups have been successfully running in 2016 and 2017. The next course will focus on Depression, a free workshop will be run on Tuesday 31st October 2017 and then the six-week group will run from the Tuesday 7th November to Tuesday 12 December 2017.

We have received wonderful feedback from participants who find the groups to be warm, inviting and supportive, and contain much skills based knowledge that enables participants to continue practicing strategies outside of group and after completing the group.

The main therapeutic approaches of the group are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy. The thoughts-feeling connection and how to change our thinking style, and many lovely mindfulness based strategies are practiced for changing your approach to your thoughts and feelings and gaining relaxation strategies.

Register for the free workshop which will provide information about the six-week course. Alternatively register for the six week course as the workshop is not a prerequisite for attending the groups. Group numbers are up to 10 people so please secure a spot by calling us on 9250 2221 or email