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 28 years.

Our service engages over 12,000 women, children and visitors 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 12 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.

Our Team

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

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.

Janine Rowley – Admin Support

Janine Rowley

Admin Support

Janine is an administrator who is passionate about servicing the centre and the community. She is constantly working behind the scenes to make our daily operations happen, and is integral to the delivery of all of our programs.

Leila Edwards – Communications Coordinator

Leila Edwards

Communications Coordinator

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

Justine Esmonde – Program Coordinator

Justine Esmonde

Program Coordinator

With a background in program and event delivery across a variety of sectors, Justine is our program coordinator. She develops and delivers programs to educate and empower women across a variety of areas.

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.

Elyssa Svarc – Health Nurse

Elyssa Svarc

Health Nurse

Working in the Hedland community, Elyssa provides preventative health, screening and support to women. She has experience working within the hospital setting, general practice and at the Well Women’s centre for the past 3.5 years. Elyssa is passionate about health promotion, prevention, empowering and educating young women about sexual health.

Simmy Knott – Counsellor

Simmy Knott

Counsellor

Simmy Has lived and worked in Hedland for over 8 years, learning much about the issues in this town. She Is passionate about empowering others, especially women using her social work experience of many years . More recently she has studied and applied Internal Family systems as a gentle reflective and healing model. Member of AASW and ACA

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…

Board Members

Kathryn Lewis                      Chairperson                    chairperson@wellwomens.com.au

Alix Walker                           Vice Chairperson          vicechair@wellwomens.com.au

Nicole Musilak                    Treasurer                          treasurer@wellwomens.com.au

 

Trish Littlewood                 BoardMember

Sarah Bedell                        BoardMember

Cynthia Dornelles             BoardMember

Leaine Cornell                    BoardMember

Tricia Hebbard                    BoardMember

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.

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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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