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Women’s Health Week

Join us to celebrate The Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week and make good health a priority.

The two biggest barriers for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle is ‘lack of time’ and ‘health not being a priority’.

It is time to put ourselves first, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.


We know women are leading busier lives than ever before and we have a tendency to let ourselves slip low on our priority lists.

However, the health of those we love starts with us. By investing more time in ourselves, we are better able to look after the ones we love and care about.

Focus Areas for 2017

Heart Health – a healthy heart is the engine room of the body, how to keep your heart healthy?

Mindfulness – Is it time you gave mindfulness a try?

Bone health – it’s never too early or too late to start looking after your bones, but how?

Physical activity – stay tuned for information on physical activity and sedentary behaviour

Sleep and fatigue – find out how to improve your chances of getting ‘healthy’ sleep

Activities at Midland Women’s Health Care Place on Friday 8th September 2017

11:00 am – Create Mindfulness Flowers with Emma Harrison

12:00 noon – Heart Healthy Food Demo with Gen Copland

1:00 pm – Book Therapy with Alana Marshall

Jean Hailes is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women’s health,  providing women with health information, resources and clinical care to assist them to actively manage their own health and well-being.

Create Mindfulness Flowers



Take a stack of fabric offcuts, scissors, needle and thread. Follow simple instructions: start by cutting fabric strips and sewing a running stitch

10 women will create 10 unique flowers

Let your mind relax, unwind, explore, create

Creative play for Women’s Health Week at 11 am on Friday 8th September 2017

Book your place – call us on 9250 2221 or email


Bibliotherapy: Healing the Soul Through Literature

From the first libraries in ancient Egypt and Greece, described as “temples to heal the soul”, it was understood that literature has a profound effect upon the heart and intellect of the reader, allowing a deeper understanding of human nature and its conditions with the aim of fostering positive mental health.


Join biblio-enthusiast Alana Marshall to learn and apply methods and techniques for insightful personal development and growth through Bibliotherapy.

This session will cover:

–          What is Bibliotherapy?

–          History of Bibliotherapy

–          Applications of Bibliotherapy

–          Bibliotherapy methods and techniques including mindful reading, developing a reading habit to assist with relaxation and restoration, book choices, recording your reading for reflection.

Relax your mind during Women’s Health Week at 1 pm on Friday 8th September 2017

Book your place – call us on 9250 2221 or email



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.

Go to

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.

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