History and Philosophy

History

Fremantle Women's Health Centre (FWHC) began as the Multicultural Women's Health Centre in September 1985, when the first doctor's session for women's health issues was provided in space made available by the Fremantle Migrant Resource Centre. The Coordinator of FWHC was successful in acquiring funding from the WA Department of Health in 1987 for wage and administrative costs.

The service moved to its current location in 1988 with WA Lotteries Commission funding the rent and in 1989 funding the purchase of these premises. Services expanded beyond medical appointments to include health education, various group activities, postnatal depression and general counselling.

The name of the service changed to Fremantle Women's Health Centre in 1995 to make it clear that the service was for all women. Services continued to expand and change to meet the needs of women in the region.


Organisation and Philosophy

FWHC is an incorporated, not-for-profit, charitable, community health facility governed by a voluntary community-based Board and managed by a salaried Executive Director.

Services are based on a social model of health that acknowledges that health is determined by a broad range of social, environmental, economic and biological factors. It recognises that differences in health status and outcomes are linked to gender, age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, disability and location.

We are dedicated to women-centred care that aims to provide a safe environment in which you can access a variety of health care and health education options. We respect your individuality and encourage you to become equal and active partners in your health care.

We are committed to providing high quality, professional, friendly, affordable and accessible health services to women living and working in the south west metropolitan area. We aim to ensure that services and facilities: are inclusive of all women regardless of age, ability, religion, culture, sexuality or socio-economic circumstances; respond to community needs; and provide health promotion, prevention and treatment responses.

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