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Women’s Health Services Alliance Queensland (WHSA)

Coordinators of women's health services from across Queensland gathered in Gladstone in June 2009 to network, share ideas and form the Women’s Health Services Alliance (WHSA). Alliance members include the Statewide and regional services funded fully or predominantly by the Queensland Government to provide women’s health services in Queensland through the Public Health Outcomes Funding Agreement (PHOFA) with the Federal Government. They provide essential services of community support, health promotion, early intervention and prevention, and are utilised by marginalised communities and vulnerable women and families who may not access other health services. This agreement will enable members to collaborate on various projects, develop cooperative responses to key issues in State and Federal policy, and provide a statewide capacity to take full advantage of strengths in regional delivery, on issues affecting women’s health in Queensland. As Secretariat QWHN acts as an initial contact point, assists with communication and correspondence, and provides a link to the national level as a member of the Australian Women’s Health Network.

Alliance membership comprises:
Statewide services Regional services

All services are equal members of the Alliance.

National links
The Women’s Health Services Alliance is committed to maintaining active participation on the Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN), and seeks at all times to have at least one WHSAQ representative on the AWHN National Committee.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the WHSAQ is:

  • To advocate and lobby as an expert body for women’s health issues in Queensland
  • To be a voice to government on women’s health policy
  • To maintain and develop the future viability as key stakeholders in delivery of community based and/or community-focused women’s health services in Queensland
  • To facilitate networking and support for members

PRINCIPLES
The WHSA is based on principles of social justice and an understanding of a gendered approach to health or health within a social context, as endorsed by governments throughout Australia. This endorsement was originally expressed in the National Women’s Health Policy (1989), Advancing Women’s Health in Australia.
This view recognises that:

  • health is determined by a broad range of social, environmental, economic and biological factors
  • differences in health status and health objectives are linked to gender, age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, disability, location and environment, racism, sex-role stereotyping, gender inequality and discrimination, ageism, sexuality and sexual preferences
  • health promotion, disease prevention, equity of access to appropriate and affordable services and strengthening the primary health care system are necessary, along with high quality illness treatment services
  • information, consultation, advocacy and community development are important elements of the health process.

In accordance with these principles, the member organisations of the WHSAQ provide services which:

  • encompass all of women's lifespan, and reflect women's various roles in Australian society, not just their reproductive role
  • promote the participation of women in debate and decision making about health issues, their own health care, health service policy, planning, delivery and evaluation
  • recognise women's rights, as health care consumers, to be treated with dignity, in an environment which provides for privacy, informed consent, confidentiality and safety
  • acknowledge that informed decisions about health and health care require accessible information, which is appropriately targeted for different socio-economic, educational and cultural groups
  • use existing data, research and policy concerning women's health, as well as incorporating women's views about their own health and the best strategies to address their health needs, in service planning and development
  • provide appropriate women's health care to women in local communities, within a state-wide, co-ordinated approach
  • ensure equity and accessibility of services without financial, cultural, geographic and or other barriers.
  • ensure effective management and operation of women's health centres by women, for women
  • provide a broad range of services and strategies within a preventive and holistic framework, which:
    • are provided by women, for women
    • value women's own knowledge and experience
    • facilitate the sharing of women's skills, knowledge and experience
    • link women's individual experience and health needs to the social and cultural context of women's lives
    • empower women
    • challenge sex-role stereotyping, gender discrimination, racism and homophobia which affect health
    • increase the accessibility, sensitivity and acceptability of health services for women
relate to identified health priorities at the local and state level.

Women’s Health Services Alliance Qld Members

Women's Health Queensland Wide

Street Address
68 Anderson Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Q 4006

Postal Address PO Box 195, Fortitude Valley 4006

Admin and library: (07) 3839 9962

Health Information Line: (07) 3216 0376

Toll Free: (outside Brisbane) 1800 017 676

Email: admin@womhealth.org.au

Geographical coverage/catchment area
Queensland

Client age range
All ages

Hours of service
The Centre is open 9.00am-5.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 12.30pm-5.00pm on Wednesday.

Cost
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Main activities
  • Health Information Line
  • Library
  • Resources
  • Website
  • Health Education

Queensland Women's Health Network Inc

Postal Address
PO Box 1855, Thuringowa BC QLD 4817

Telephone :(07) 4789 0665

Fax : (07) 4789 0647

Email : coordinator@qwhn.asn.au

Website : www.qwhn.asn.au

Geographical coverage/catchment area
Queensland

Client age range
All ages

Hours of service
Part-time worker: Mon: 8.00am-5.00pm; Tues: 8.00am-12.00pm; Thurs: 8.00am-12.30pm.

Cost
For membership details please visit our website.

Main activities
Queensland Women’s Health Network raises awareness of women's health and well-being issues across Queensland through provision of:

  • Printed information – 3 Newsletter editions per year on specific identified women’s health issues.
  • Digital information – A Facebook page and website provide 24-hour access to information, links, resources, newsletters; plus service and contact information for women’s health services throughout Queensland.
  • Face-to-face health forums – Facilitating Regional Women’s Health Forums in remote/Indigenous communities in collaboration with local women and agencies, and other services.
  • Email Bulletins – Members receive regular email bulletins on upcoming state and national conferences, seminars, events, research, and training opportunities.

Children By Choice

Street Address
237 Lutwyche Road , Windsor (Brisbane)

Postal Address
PO Box 2005, Windsor, QLD 4030

Telephone : (07) 3357 5570

1800 177 725 Freecall within Queensland, outside of Brisbane

Fax : (07) 3857 6246

Email : info@childrenbychoice.org.au

Website : www.childrenbychoice.org.au

Geographical coverage/catchment area

  • Queensland wide unplanned pregnancy telephonecounselling and information service.
  • Brisbane based face to face counselling and education services.

Client age range
Women of reproductive age

Hours of service
Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

Cost
Counselling - Free

Education and Training – fees vary

Main activities
  • Children by Choice is pro-choice and provides referrals for all unplanned pregnancy options - abortion, adoption and parenting
  • Unplanned pregnancy counselling and information services
  • School-based and youth education activities on issues relating to unplanned pregnancy
  • Skills training for professionals in unplanned pregnancy counselling
  • Advocacy on issues relating to women’s reproductive health choices

Mackay Women's Centre

Street Address
14 Victoria Street , Mackay

Postal Address
PO Box 444, Mackay, QLD 4740

Telephone : (07) 49531788

Fax : (07) 49530521

Email: admin@mackaywomenscentre.com.au

Website www.mackaywomenscentre.com.au

Geographical coverage/catchment area
Mackay

Client age range
All ages

Hours of service
Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 2.00pm

Cost
Any costs for activities are advertised

Main activities
  • Health information and referral
  • Newsletter
  • Support and advocacy
  • Pregnancy & Parenting Support Program
  • Activities for women as advertised in newsletter (craft groups, meditation, educational classes, personal development)
  • Free lending library
  • Maternity Nurse Practitioner (free pre-natal and newborn health checks)
  • Free computer and internet access
  • Emergency Relief (food vouchers, nappies, baby needs)
  • Non-clinical crisis counseling

Gympie & District Women's Health Centre

Street Address
21 Alfred Street, Gympie QLD 4570

Postal Address
21 Alfred Street, Gympie QLD 4570

Telephone : (07) 5483 6588

Fax : (07) 5483 6379

Email : gwhealth@spiderweb.com.au

Website : Under construction

Geographical coverage/catchment area
Gympie & Cooloola Region

Client age range
13 years and over

Hours of service
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.00am – 4.00pm

Cost
Free

Main activities
  • Counselling
  • Group work
  • Health information and referral
  • Support groups
  • Education
  • Health promotion
  • Visiting health professionals
  • Free lending library
  • Access to computer with internet

North Queensland Combined Women's Services

Street Address
50–52 Patrick St, Aitkenvale (Townsville)

Postal Address
50 Patrick St , Aitkenvale QLD 4812

Telephone : (07) 4775 7555

Fax : (07) 47792959

Email : nqcws@thewomenscentre.org.au

Website : www.thewomenscentre.org.au

Geographical coverage/catchment area
Townsville/Thuringowa, Ingham, Burdekin, Charters Towers and surrounds

Client age range
15 years and over

Hours of service
24 hr phone line to women in crisis – including sexual assault
Monday-Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday, 9am-1pm and 5pm-8.30pm

Cost
Free

Main activities
  • Counselling
  • Group work
  • Health information and referral
  • Education – Community and Centre based
  • Health promotion
  • Visiting health professionals
  • Emergency relief
  • Referral to women’s shelter or other accommodation
  • Sexual assault support and counselling

Wide Bay Women's Health Centre Inc

Street Address
8 Truro Street, Torquay

Postal Address
PO Box 5003, Torquay, QLD 4655

Telephone : (07) 4125 5788

Fax : (07) 4125 5911

Email : wbwhc@bigpond.net.au

Website : http://www.thewomenscentre.org.au/

Geographical coverage/catchment area
Wide Bay region

Client age range
All ages, but mainly 13–80+

Hours of service
Monday to Thursday, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday, 9.00am – 2.00pm (and closed all day on the last Friday of the month)

Cost
Most services are free, or at a minimal cost

Main activities
  • Counselling
  • Group work
  • Health information and referral
  • Education
  • Health promotion
  • Visiting health professionals
  • Pap Smear clinic (monthly)
  • Meditation and relaxation group
  • Yoga (Monday evenings), $8.00 per session
  • Tai Chi (Thursday evenings), $8.00 per session

Logan Women's Health and Wellbeing Centre

Street Address
29 City Road Beenleigh QLD 4207

Postal Address
PO Box 919, Beenleigh QLD 4207

Telephone : (07) 3801 8368

Fax : (07) 3808 9657

Email : admin@loganmwomen.com.au

Website : www.loganwomen.com.au

Geographical coverage/catchment area
To access the counselling service, clients must live or work in Logan or Beenleigh area. Other services have no geographical catchment criteria

Client age range
14 years and over

Hours of service
Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Cost
Prices for courses and workshops are kept to a minimum. Counselling is free for women over 14 years of age. Self-referral is welcomed by calling the centre.

Main activities
  • Counselling
  • Emotional and mental health programs
  • Health information and resources
  • Self help groups and social groups
  • Personal development and training courses
  • Natural therapies
  • Physical wellbeing classes
  • Volunteering
  • Rooms for hire

Gladstone Women's Health Centre

Street Address
9 Derby Street, South Gladstone

Postal Address PO Box 8219, South Gladstone , QLD 4680

Telephone : (07) 4979 1456

Fax : (07) 4979 1901

Email : info@gladstonewomenshealth.org.au

Website : www.gladstonewomenshealth.org.au

Geographical coverage/catchment area
Gladstone , Boyne Island, Tannum Sands, Calliope and Mt Larcom, Miriam Vale, Agnes Water and 1770.

Client gender and age range
Womens Health Services: 15 years and over
Sexual Assault Services: Men, Women and Children any age

Hours of service
Monday to Thursday 9am – 4:30pm Closed Friday

Cost
Majority of services free

Main activities
  • Face to face and telephone counselling
  • Group work
  • Health information and referral
  • Education
  • Health promotion
  • Visiting health professionals
  • Support and advocacy
  • Community education
  • Venue and support for self help groups
  • Rape crisis and sexual assault support
  • Lending library
  • Young Parents Program
  • Post Natal Disorders Support Service
  • Family nutritional program

Women's Health Information & Referral Service (Rockhampton)

Street Address
225 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton

Postal Address
Box 6395, CQMC, QLD 4702

Telephone : (07) 4922 6585
1800 017 382 (rural freecall)

Fax : (07) 4922 2477

Email : info@womenshealthrockhampton.com

Website : www.womenshealthrockhampton.com

Geographical coverage/catchment area
Central Queensland

Client age range
13 years and over

Hours of service
Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Some groups are run out of hours as required

Cost All services are free and confidential

Main activities
The Women's Health Information and Referral Service offer three main service types:
- Women's Health & Wellbeing Service
- Rockhampton Rape, Incest & Sexual Violence Centre (RRISC)
- Domestic & Family Violence Court Assistance Service

  • Counselling
  • Library
  • Group work
  • Health information and referral
  • Education
  • Health promotion
  • Training options for service providers
  • Community action on women’s health issues