Women’s cen­tre to grow

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.”

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