Strong Women, Strong Families, Stronger Community
South Coastal Women’s Health Services provides a range of services within a socal model of health, focused on promoting good physical and mental health for women and their families living in the south coastal region of Perth.
- Proactive – We engage with our community and actively seek out opportunities for improvement.
- Respect – We show consideration for all individuals by listening and seeking out different viewpoints and differences of opinion.
- Integrity – We show respect for our clients and partners by being open, truthful and honest in all of our business dealings.
- Diversity – We promote the inclusion of people, ideas, perspectives and cultures.
- Equity -We are committed to the rights and human dignity of all and the value of all members of the community.
There is nothing better than a story that began over 25 years ago and the work that began all those years again became stronger and still continues today.
In 1988 a full day Women’s Health Seminar was held at Rockingham City Shopping Centre for all women in the area organised by a community nurse, Ruth Storey. Women were asked to fill in a questionnaire to gauge interest in starting a women’s health group. As a result of this a small group of women met on a monthly basis and in 1991 the Rockingham Women’s Health and Information Association became incorporated. Through this group, led by some very committed women including Jan Thair, Edith Quinn, Lee Ashley, Margaret Coffey, Jan McGlinchy, Dianne Curry and Anita Strong, women’s health was able to secure funding in 1993 from the Commonwealth to establish the centre.
The first service was offered at a small house on Harrison Street, Palm Beach with a small team of staff, led by our first Coordinator, Sue McNeilage. In 1994 the organisation moved to Lotteries House and had an official opening day on International Women’s Day March 8th 1994. At that time the centre had five part time staff including a coordinator, a nurse, counsellor, reception staff and a child care worker. By the year 2000 the service had grown considerably with perinatal mental health services, and domestic violence programs added to the suite of services. The organisation then moved to the caretaker’s cottage behind the aquatic centre in Rockingham. During this time the service worked towards receiving funding for premises that were purpose built. Finally, in November 2005 the service moved into our current premises the LifeLinks building on Civic Boulevard.
The service now provides a broad range of clinical and counselling services for women, attracts visiting services for women to its main hub, and the Council Avenue site now houses our Aboriginal Health Service, Babbingur Mia. We are very lucky to have such well-appointed facilities including Kids Place that can be accessed by our clients.
From very humble beginnings we now employ over twenty staff including administrative staff, Psychologists, Counsellors, Mental Health Nurse, GP, Midwife, Child Health Nurse, Specialist Women’s Health Nurse, Aboriginal Health Workers and Child Care Workers.
We provide services to hundreds of women each year and have some major events in the community including International Women’s Day celebrations, NAIDOC Week and Pink Ribbon. We thank those amazing women before us, especially Jan Thair, for their continued passion and enthusiasm to establish services run by women for women in the region.