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, in particular aims to improve the women’s health and wellbeing in Hedland and surrounding areas and is often referred to as a ‘Home Away from Home.’

In improving the health and wellbeing for women, the Hedland Well Women’s Centre is also improving the health and wellbeing of families and the Hedland community. We celebrate our dedicated support in improving the health and wellbeing 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 latest Annual Report

Our Team

Kianna Barker – Chief Executive Officer

Kianna Barker

Chief Executive Officer
Kianna is passionate about enhancing regional and remote healthcare, with a particular focus on women's well-being. Recognising the challenges of accessing services in remote areas, she is devoted to leading sustainable solutions as part of the dynamic Hedland Well Women's Centre team.

Courtney Torry – Centre Coordinator

Courtney Torry

Centre Coordinator

Karen Cooper – Health Promotion Manager

Karen Cooper

Health Promotion Manager
Karen is our Health Promotion Manager and is responsible for the planning and delivery of the health promotions, programs and events at the Centre.

Anthea Dhu – Advocacy & Cancer Support Worker

Anthea Dhu

advocacy & Cancer support Worker
Anthea is available to provide support and a listening ear for those looking for connection or information.

Leila Edwards – Life Coach / Comms Coordinator

Leila Edwards

LIFE COACH & Communications Coordinator
Leila is our life coach and is passionate about guiding and supporting women to realise

their full potential.

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

Taren Copeman – Women’s Health Nurse

Taren Copeman

Women's 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.

Jess Mills – Women’s Health Nurse

Jess Mills

Women's Health Nurse
Jess is our Women's Health Nurse. She has a wide range of skills and knowledge with over 10 years experience in nursing. Jess has a special interest in women’s health after experiencing her own journey with fertility struggles and endometriosis. She understands the health challenges that regional women face and looks forward to supporting the women of Hedland.

Hannah Castledine – Senior Project Officer

Hannah Castledine

Senior Project Officer
After many years working at Hedland Health Campus in public health nutrition, Hannah joined the Well Women’s team late last year. She has enjoyed experiencing work in the not-for-profit sector and embarking on a suite of diverse, exciting projects. Hannah especially enjoys the dynamic nature of HWWC and marvels at how such a small team can deliver such a broad variety of high-quality healthcare services.

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                    


Vice Chairperson            



Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Jacinta Behrend


Abby Carter

Vice Chairperson

Position Vacant


Amanda Sweet


Claire Sobolewski

Board Member

Janine Cox

Board Member

Kristie Bell

Board Member

Syafrina Hamid

Board Member

Charina Townsend

Board Member

Breoni Sorenson

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. 


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 is 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. 

For more information about Port Hedland visit the Town of Port Hedland website and be sure to check out their Events Calendar to find out what’s on.

Board Members

Rebekah Worthington – CEO

Rebekah Worthington


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


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


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…


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


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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