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.

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 and events 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.

Narelle Bettini – Student Counsellor

Narelle Bettini

Student Counsellor

Narelle is our Student Counsellor

Jill Byrne – Cancer Support Coordinator

Jill Byrne

Cancer Support Coordinator

Jill is here to assist and support those on a cancer journey. Jill will help connect you with services who can help ease some of the burden and offer support as you navigate the cancer path. Having been on her own cancer journey for the past 4 years, it is a cause close to Jill's heart.

Board Members

Robyn Zadow                     Chairperson                      chairperson@wellwomens.com.au

Position Vacant                  Vice Chairperson            vicechair@wellwomens.com.au

Annalee Le Roux                Treasurer                           treasurer@wellwomens.com.au

Tricia Hebbard                    Secretary                           secretary@wellwomens.com.au

Leaine Cornell                     Board Member

Sarah Bedell                         Board Member

Deenie Gumina                    Board Member

Janine Cox                             Board Member

Amanda Sweet                    Board Member

Sandra Gibson                     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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