Women’s centre to grow
A Karratha-based centre to support women’s health and help them integrate into the community will undergo a major expansion early next year.
The Karratha Well Women’s Centre has been operating in a small room since it started last year, but will move into the Karratha Central Healthcare area when KCH moves to the GP Super Clinic in March.
KCH community liaison officer Dee Van Beek will manage the centre when it officially opens.
She expected the expansion would result in more people and groups using the centre.
“In a town like this you can experience social isolation being a female, especially if you’re over 40, and it would be nice for women to have a place they can go to and be with other women, have some good laughs and learn at the same time,” she said.
“We will be able to do presentations, workshops, morning teas and fun events for women of all ages and backgrounds and also be a drop-in centre where women can come and talk to other women, make friendships or just be by themselves if they need to.
“The more women we can get along the stronger women will become and together we can make a difference in the community.”
Ms Van Beek said she would aim to have the centre open during working hours and for two hours at weekends, when fun activities could be held.
WWC Port Hedland chief executive Denise Bevins said about 27,000 clients used the service last year, either through the website, social media, phone, events or visiting the centre.
“You know the saying ‘happy wife, happy life’ — well, we know so long as the woman is happy the man tends to stay in his job longer, so this works for the whole family,” she said. “For people … leaving behind all their networks, family and everyone else they know and coming to a town where they know nobody, it is imperative they have a place like this to help them become part of the community a lot quicker.
“When women and families get that support they provide a greater contribution to the community — we see a lot of women taking on roles in local clubs and organisations here.”