This year marks the 30th birthday of the Women’s Health Service (WHS), run by ACT Health, and WCHM was pleased to attend the birthday celebrations on 20th September. The celebration was opened with a sung acknowledgement of country by A Chorus of Women, to great appreciation by the WHS staff, former staff, and supporters gathered. The morning also included a poem and songs by WHS clients, and a moving account from a young woman of the impact the service has had on her life and health.
Back in 1987, the Women’s Health Service began in three locations, and in 1988 it received permanent funding and moved to two locations (Tuggeranong and City). Today, WHS has one location in the city, and provides outreach services. WHS provides health checks and advice, medical care from a GP and nurse practitioner, nutrition, and counselling services to vulnerable women in the ACT and surrounding region, and also links women with other services.
At the celebrations, Minister Yvette Berry said that “the role of the Women’s Health Service is critical in connecting women up” to services that can help them when they have been victims of domestic and family violence.