ABOUT US

The Well Women's Centre
was established in 1991

The Centre provides a free service that offers support for women in all aspects of their lives and is often referred to as a ‘Home Away from Home.’

In caring for women the Hedland Well Women’s Centre is caring for the health of families and the Hedland community. We celebrate our dedicated support of the health and well-being of women in our town for the past three decades.

 

Our service engages thousands of women and families each year. You are welcomed and cared for in an open, non-judgmental atmosphere and confidentiality is assured at all times. Our staff take a holistic approach to women’s issues focusing on physical, emotional, social and mental health.

Our programs and services are open to all women living in or visiting the Hedland area. Dedicated staff are supported by a volunteer Board of Management made up of local women.

Many of the Centre’s activities are run in collaboration with other service providers. The Well Women’s Centre pride themselves in working collectively and with the community on achieving better outcomes for the great town in which we live.

Our funding and support comes from the State Government Health Department and locally through the BHP community partnership.

Here you can view the Hedland Well Women’s Centre Constitution and our 2019-2020 Annual Report

Our Team

Rebekah Worthington – CEO

Rebekah Worthington

CEO
Rebekah is a compassionate and innovative leader in women’s issues. A mother and local resident in the Northwest, she is an advocate in the role of CEO. Bringing a collaborative approach and visionary intellect, Rebekah enables the centre to modernise and impart valuable knowledge, empowering others to develop as well as providing a well needed safe place for women.

Beccy Fogarty – Office Manager

Beccy Fogarty

Office Manager

Beccy is our bubbly Office Manager, providing effective management of the Centre's administrative operations to ensure the office is running smoothly.

Nicole Bathurst – Dietitian

Nicole Bathurst

Dietitian

Nicole is a qualified dietitian who specialises in women’s nutrition. She can assist with developing healthy eating and lifestyle habits for physical and mental health. She can also advise on diets for pregnancy, allergies, eating disorders, and other conditions such as IBS.

Anthea Dhu – Admin Support

Anthea Dhu

Admin Support

Anthea provides admin and clerical support to the team. She is the welcoming face at the door and the friendly voice over the phone, ready to assist you with your enquiries.



Leila Edwards – Communications Coordinator

Leila Edwards

Communications Coordinator

Leila is our communications coordinator, committed to sharing our Centre's programs and services with the community, and communicating a positive message about women’s health across all channels.

Taren Copeman – Health Nurse

Taren Copeman

Health Nurse

With a background in Nursing for more than 30 years, Taren is our Registered Nurse. Our women's health clinic offers cervical screening testing in a comfortable and safe environment. Taren is a gentle and caring nurse who is passionate about women's health.



Narelle Bettini – Student Counsellor

Narelle Bettini

Student Counsellor

Narelle is practising in a Counselling role with the Centre while attaining full accreditations with the Australian Counselling Association. With skills and training in CBT and psycho-somatic therapies, Narelle is passionate about guiding and supporting women to realising their full potential.

Laura Philpott – Program Coordinator

Laura Philpott

Program Coordinator

Laura is our program coordinator and is responsible for planning and delivery of the programs and events at the centre. She has a strong background in health and fitness and is passionate about educating and empowering women.




Karen Cooper – Advocacy Support Worker

Karen Cooper

Advocacy Support Worker
Karen helps women who come to the Well Women's Centre to find support and connections in the Hedland community. Karen also supports those facing a cancer journey, connecting people with available supports and assisting with gaps in service delivery where appropriate.

Gloria Lockyer – Full Time Counsellor

Gloria Lockyer

Full-time Counsellor

Gloria is Counsellor level 2 member of The ACA, accredited to deliver therapy in Indigenous Narrative, CBT, DBT, Schema, EMDR, holistic and group therapy. She is a local woman who understands many of the challenges we face in the North West. She is passionate about supporting women taking a holistic approach which strengthen women and in turn the family and community.

Board Members

Robyn Zadow Position Vacant                 

Annalee Le Roux                                       

Tricia Hebbard                                               

Leaine Cornell                    

Sarah Bedell                       

Deenie Gumina                    

Janine Cox                           

Amanda Sweet                    

Sandra Gibson                    

Chairperson                      

Vice Chairperson            

Treasurer                         

Secretary                           

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Robyn Zadow

Chairperson

Amanda Sweet

Vice Chairperson

Annalee Le Roux

Treasurer

Tricia Hebbard

Secretary

Sarah Bedell

Board Member

Janine Cox

Board Member

Tara Atkins

Board Member

Elizabeth Capp

Board Member

Chantel Cullen

Board Member

Port Hedland

Most of the time having come from a metropolitan environment and have often travelled interstate or inter country, for many women making Hedland home can be an adjustment. 

Adjusting

In your home environment you may have been strongly connected to family, friends and their community and have left these behind. Moving to Port Hedland maybe the first time living outside that environment.

Adjustment can be difficult especially when partners work long hours and the environment and climate is harsh. Even for those who have settled well , the transient nature of the town means regularly saying goodbye to friends and after a while it might feel like it is simpler to give up rather than start again.

It is too easy for women to become isolated and relationships strained resulting in anxiety and depression. The Well Women’s counselling statistics reflect the majority presenting with issues of stress, relationships and anxiety.

We strongly believe women who are connected and not socially isolated stay and create strong communities. We believe that by supporting women in this town we are contributing to healthy relationships and happier community members. We have seen many women not connected and supported unfortunately leave and the town loses families and skilled workers and the community as a whole suffers.

Hedland can be an awesome community to be a part of and the Well Women’s Centre enjoys supporting women and families and assisting them in making Hedland Home.

Port Hedland Information

Board Members

Rebekah Worthington – CEO

Rebekah Worthington

CEO

Rebekah moved to town 8 years ago with her family to join the mining game in safety and training management. But a passion for women’s health, a growing love for…

Nicole Bathurst – Dietitian

Nicole Bathurst

Dietitian

Janine Rowley – Admin Support

Janine Rowley

Admin Support

Leila Edwards – Communications Coordinator

Leila Edwards

Communications Coordinator

Justine Esmonde – Program Coordinator

Justine Esmonde

Program Coordinator

Gloria Lockyer – Full Time Counsellor

Gloria Lockyer

Full-time Counsellor

Gloria is an expert in narrative therapy and community and group therapy. She is a local woman who understands local culture and the harsh North West environment. Her passion is…

Elyssa Svarc – Health Nurse

Elyssa Svarc

Health Nurse

With experience in community health and general practice, Elyssa's role at the centre is to offer women support in preventative health. Elyssa has an amazing skill at working with and…

Simmy Knott – Counsellor

Simmy Knott

Counsellor

As a client centered Counsellor, Simmy has a strong desire and ability to assist and support clients through stages of their life journey. She has many skills under her belt…

Jill Byrne – Office Manager

Jill Byrne

Office Manager

Jill is here to assist you with any inquiries, she is the welcoming face at the door and the friendly voice over the phone. Jill has called Hedland home on…

Vision

Connecting, Empowering
and Advocating for
women in a Safe Place.

Mission

We provide a holistic, women-centred approach to health and wellbeing. We empower women of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and backgrounds to make informed life choices and grow within themselves. We do this by:

– Providing a safe space for women and children to access a range of services.
– Educating women across a range of areas.
– Providing health and counselling specialists for women.

Our approach is focused on supporting and treating the whole women, and by early intervention reduces future health costs by uncovering underlying issues that can lead to many physical and mental health issues.

Become a Member

Well Women's Centre

Join or renew your membership for just $20 and enjoy access to all Centre services and programs and keep up to date with what’s on through our monthly newsletter.

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