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Welcome to the Women's Centre for Health Matters!

The Women's Centre for Health Matters Inc. (WCHM) is a community-based not for profit organisation which works in the ACT and surrounding region to improve women's health and wellbeing. We do this in a variety of ways including: Health Promotion, Social Research, Community Development, Capacity Building, Information Provision and Education and Advocacy. 

You can use the headings on the left hand side of the page to find out what we do, learn about our current projects, read our reports and publications and have your say about issues affecting women’s health and wellbeing!

Join us in promoting women's health and wellbeing in the ACT and region. Become a member today. If you would like to support us by becoming a member, click here. Membership is free but donations are welcome and valued. WCHM is endorsed as a health promotion charity, so donations of $2 or more are tax deductible! Click here for more information on making a donation.

WCHM Partner Organisations and Information Hubs

WCHM Announcements

The impacts of living with Endometriosis: An information night and art project launch

On the evening of Tuesday 26 August WCHM will host an information night exploring the impacts of living with the illness endometriosis. What are the personal impacts of living with endometriosis? How does endometriosis impact upon women's relationships with lovers, family, friends and work colleagues? How does society's attitudes toward and understanding about endometriosis impact the women living with this condition? You will hear from endometriosis researcher Maryam Moradi, Dr Omar Adham and Melissa Parker from the Canberra Endometriosis Centre, and a member of the Canberra Endometriosis Network.

Local artist Margaret Kalms will also launch her art photography project 'Life with Endometriosis', an artistic exploration of the impacts of living with endometriosis. Margaret is pioneering in her efforts to bring women's experiences of menstruation to the community through photography. Photographs from her new project 'Life with Endometriosis' will be used to raise awareness of endometriosis to the wider community. Women at the event will be invited to participate in Margaret's project.

There will be a display of Margaret’s previous work, refreshments and a special burlesque performance! We hope that you’ll be able to join us.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-impacts-of-living-with-endometriosis-an-information-night-and-art-project-launch-tickets-12249046227

Join the WCHM Board: Upcoming Treasurer vacancy

WCHM has an upcoming vacancy on its Board of Directors for the Treasurer position. Past experience on a Board is not essential, but to be elected you must be a member of WCHM. The position is open to women only based on approved exemption under the Sexual Discrimination Act (SDA).

Skills required: Intermediate Excel skills, effective written and verbal communication skills
Qualification: CPA or CA qualification

If you are interested please contact Marcia Williams on 6290 2166 or at ed@wchm.org.au

It's now time to renew your WCHM Membership 2014-15!

Membership is free and includes the following benefits:

  • Access to social research based on the views of ACT women
  • The opportunity to provide feedback and be involved in advocacy and consultation on policies and issues which might affect you or other women in the ACT community
  • Access to a quarterly e-bulletin which provides critical analysis on issues surrounding the social determinants of women’s health and the latest news from WCHM
  • Access to the WCHM Weekly
  • Invitations to WCHM events and launches

WCHM Membership Form 2014-15 WCHM Membership Form 2014-15 (443 KB)

WCHM is on Facebook

Are you a fan of WCHM? Are you on Facebook? Then why not join the two and follow WCHM on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WomensCentreforHealthMatters

Women with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Research

WCHM want to hear first-hand from women diagnosed or labelled with BPD about experiences with mental health and other support services in the ACT region.

What you have to say will inform the future direction of our advocacy and awareness raising work on this issue. You can be involved and have your say by participating in a one-on-one interview OR completing this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BPD-in-ACT online. Contact us if you would like a paper copy sent to you with a reply paid envelope.

For more information about the project visit http://www.wchm.org.au/women-and-borderline-personality-disorder-in-the-act or contact Bess on 6290 2166 or at b.harrison@wchm.org.au

Data Set Investigation Project Report: Women with Disabilities in the ACT

Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT) has released a new report which was commissioned by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Disability Advisory Council (DAC) to undertake work to find what survey and data information about women with disabilities in the ACT is available in the areas of services for health and wellbeing and participation in social and economic life. The work was also to investigate how this information can enable the DAC to provide policy advice to the Minister for Disability, Children and Young People.

The report offers a response to the precursor report done by WWDACT in collaboration with WCHM that revealed a number of problem areas with respect to public data. The report focuses on data sets available in Australia, paying particular attention to three aspects of information: disability, women, and the ACT. The study recommendations identify some of the current gaps in data collection or where analysis could be expanded in a way that would be helpful to ACT policy makers. It further identifies which body could be responsible for making the suggested data collection changes.

ACT DAC Data Set Investigation Project Report ACT DAC Data Set Investigation Project Report (802 KB)

ACT DAC Data Set Investigation Project Report ACT DAC Data Set Investigation Project Report (1109 KB)

Current WCHM Projects

This is a list of the projects that the WCHM is currently working on. Click on each one to access the project page and more information.

Recent WCHM Submissions

Submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry on Domestic Violence, July 2014

WCHM contributed a submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee Inquiry into Domestic Violence.

WCHM Submission to Senate Committee Inquiry on Domestic Violence WCHM Submission to Senate Committee Inquiry on Domestic Violence (520 KB)

WCHM Submission to Senate Committee Inquiry on Domestic Violence WCHM Submission to Senate Committee Inquiry on Domestic Violence (329 KB)

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into Affordable Housing

WCHM contributed a submission to the Inquiry on the following matter: g) Planning and policies that will ensure that women, particularly vulnerable women, have access to secure, appropriate and adaptable accommodation.

As an organisation that works to make the views of women experiencing or at risk of experiencing disadvantage known, we are keen to ensure that the vision for affordable housing represented the needs of our community’s women, particularly those women who are most vulnerable.

Housing is very important for women and their families and their health and wellbeing—not only can housing costs take up a high percentage of household budgets and cause significant financial stress, but the accessibility and quality of the housing we live in can influence our health and wellbeing.

WCHM Submission to the Inquiry into Affordable Housing 2014 WCHM Submission to the Inquiry into Affordable Housing 2014 (286 KB)

WCHM Submission to the Inquiry into Affordable Housing 2014 WCHM Submission to the Inquiry into Affordable Housing 2014 (2563 KB)

Human Services Blueprint Discussion Paper

WCHM staff and Board contributed the following submissions to the ACT Government’s Discussion Paper to inform the development of an ACT Human Services Blueprint

WCHM Board Submission to the Human Services Blueprint Discussion Paper WCHM Board Submission to the Human Services Blueprint Discussion Paper (350 KB)

WCHM Board Submission to the Human Services Blueprint Discussion Paper WCHM Board Submission to the Human Services Blueprint Discussion Paper (39614 KB)

WCHM Comments on Human Services Blueprint Discussion Paper WCHM Comments on Human Services Blueprint Discussion Paper (556 KB)

WCHM Comments on Human Services Blueprint Discussion Paper WCHM Comments on Human Services Blueprint Discussion Paper (2546 KB)


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