Women, men and organisations who indicate a commitment to the mission, vision, values and objectives of WCHM are eligible for membership. WCHM membership consists of: voting members, non-voting members (men and organisations) and honorary life members.
Members receive 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 the WCHM Quarterly newsletter which provides an opportunity to read in-depth on a topical women’s issue, be updated on the latest WCHM work, and get recommendations on what’s worth checking out on the web
- The WCHM Annual Report
- Invitations to WCHM events and launches
Voting members can vote at Annual General Meetings and nominate to be on the Board.
Membership is free! Membership is valid for twelve months with renewals due at the end of each financial year.
Or download our membership form:
Please complete the form and return it in one of the following ways:
In person at our office
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
By fax to 6286 4742
By post to:
Women’s Centre for Health Matters Inc.
PO Box 385
Mawson ACT 2607
If you have any queries about memberships please send an email to email@example.com
WCHM Life Members
At the Women’s Centre for Health Matter’s 20th birthday Annual General Meeting on 15 September 2011 two inaugural WCHM Life Memberships were presented to recognise outstanding service and support that had been given to the Women’s Centre for Health Matters over its 20 year history.
The inaugural awards were presented to Dorothy Broom and Sue Andrews, two women who have both have given their time, effort, expertise and commitment in a voluntary capacity to WCHM and in doing so have enhanced the reputation of WCHM, as well as contributing significantly to the establishment, operation and the continued future of WCHM.
Dorothy has spent over 30 years teaching and researching gender and various aspects of the sociology of health, working as a Professor at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University. She is an expert in women’s health and women’s health centres and published Damned If We Do: Contradictions in Women’s Health Care, a political history of Australia’s feminist community health centres in 1991.
Following the release of the first National Women’s Health Policy and the allocation of funding to the states and territories, Dorothy took a lead role in the ACT consultations that eventually led to the creation of the Canberra Women’s Health Centre (later to become WCHM). She spoke at the opening of the Centre in 1991 about its “revolutionary” nature as the first feminist health service to be funded by the National Women’s Health Policy.
Dorothy also played a pivotal role in the successful defence of a sex discrimination complaint brought against the Centre. She wrote and spoke publicly about the case and was called upon on the Commonwealth’s behalf as an expert witness to give evidence at the hearings.
Sue Andrews has made a significant contribution to the Women’s Centre for Health Matters over time. Sue Andrews is a feminist with a passion for women’s health activism and social justice and was instrumental in establishing the Women’s Centre for Health Matters. She helped organise the initial community consultations that led to the establishment of what was to be the Canberra Women’s Health Centre. From 1989 to 1990 she was on the interim management committee charged with setting up the Centre, and was a member of the Centre’s first management committee until 1993. Sue helped to organise the Centre’s inaugural public meeting and the official opening in 1991.
Three months after the opening, when a sex discrimination case was lodged against the Centre, Sue invested her time and energy into fighting the case to secure the future of WCHM and other women’s services.
Sue has remained a supporter of the Centre for many years and has continued to work on issues related to gender and women’s health. In the early 1990s Sue worked for Family Planning Australia, and then as the ACT Women’s Health Adviser until 1998. She was Manager of the Women’s Policy Unit in the Chief Minister’s Department until 2001 and authored a number of instrumental reports for the Government, including a Review of Sexual Assault Services in the ACT. Sue went on to complete her PhD in Women’s Studies at the Australian National University.