Sup­port­ing ru­ral women

Isis Town and Country - - News -

FOR the women of ru­ral and re­mote Aus­tralia in the 1920s there was a de­mand for bet­ter sup­port and ac­cess to qual­ity health ser­vices.

As a re­sult, the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion was formed. The mem­bers went from strength to strength to tire­lessly set up health cen­tres for new mums and fund bush nurses.

As the CWA grew, it built ma­ter­nity wards, hospi­tals, schools, rest homes and em­ployed staff for the fa­cil­i­ties.

The CWA is the largest women’s or­gan­i­sa­tion in Aus­tralia and aims to im­prove con­di­tions for all coun­try women and chil­dren.

What bonds the women are the friend­ship and their strong de­sire to sup­port and help their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Over the decades, the mem­bers of the Childers branch worked hard to get ser­vices and equip­ment for the hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing two de­fib­ril­la­tors for the am­bu­lance.

The Childers branch was called upon in the af­ter­math of the dev­as­tat­ing fire at the Palace Back­pack­ers. The shock­ing event af­fected the en­tire com­mu­nity and the ladies handed out emer­gency items to the sur­vivors.

For days af­ter the fire the CWA sup­ported the emer­gency ser­vices by pro­vid­ing meals.

The CWA is there in times of need and or­gan­ises events such as Childers Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Over the years the CWA has had many won­der­ful ladies, strong per­son­al­i­ties and all with their own ideas.

They have all gone over and above what has been asked and con­tinue to keep a brave face in pub­lic.

Now the CWA is call­ing for com­mu­nity sup­port. It is at risk if it doesn’t get new young mem­bers to join.

The small team has con­cerns all the hard work won’t be worth any­thing if the doors are locked for­ever.

For many women liv­ing in a ru­ral area, iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness is com­mon and the CWA friend­ship group en­cour­ages young mums to sup­port each other.

Times might have changed but the sup­port the CWA pro­vides has in­creased with the grow­ing list of so­cial is­sues and con­cerns.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to sign up as a mem­ber phone Rosie Shut­tle­wood on 4126 3092.

PHOTO: MELINDA BRAD­FORD

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: CWA Childers ladies Jac­qui Roberts, San­dra Schneider, Vanessa Perry and Rama Wil­lis.

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