Services & Programs

    We provide a range of health promotion, prevention and treatment services in the area of women's health. These include medical, nursing, counselling, health education and group activities, with a crèche facility for some groups and appointments. These services are provided by experienced, caring, female health professionals.

    Our Centre is open five days a week, Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 for appointments. Group activities can operate on these days as well as week nights and weekends. The group room and crèche are available for hire to facilitators who can provide activities for women that complement and extend the core services offered.

    To access services, you pay an annual FWHC support fee. A concession is available and this fee will be waived if you are unable to pay. Pensioners, health care card holders and students are bulk-billed for doctors' appointments. If you are employed you pay a doctors fee ($20 above the Medicare rebate). For counselling appointments there is a sliding scale of fees depending on your level of income. Some groups attract fees and some are free. Check with reception about any costs involved when making appointments or registering for group activities.

    FWHC has a height adjustable couch and is standard wheelchair accessible - call Reception for further information. More information for women with disabilities is available at www.wwdwa.org.au

    Medical and Nursing Services

    Medical and nursing services are provided by three doctors and three nurses. No referrals are necessary.

    Our doctors are experienced women's health practitioners. Appointments can be made to see the doctors for a range of women's health issues including:

       - Cervical cancer screening (pap smears)           
    - Menopause 
    - Pregnancy and follow-up
       - Medical problems such as hypertension,
         high cholesterol, hepatitis B & C, HIV,
         obesity, thyroid problems
    - Vaginal problems
    - Relationships / sexuality
    - Menstrual problems
    - Cervical problems
    - Sexually transmitted infections        
    - Ovarian problems
       - Mental health issues
    - Pelvic problems

       - Breast examinations
    - Urinary tract issues
     
       - Contraception / fertility regulation
    - Vulva problems
     

    Our clinical nurses have experience and training in women's health. You can make an appointment to have a Pap smear with one of our nurses or drop in Monday to Thursday between 9 am - 3 pm to be screened for sexually transmitted infections - no appointment necessary. 

    Prior to your doctor's appointment, if you are new or have not attended for more than twelve months, a nurse will offer you a well woman’s health check regarding chronic disease and women’s health issues. They will provide health information and support you with your health concerns in person or by phone. They are also available to give health information and presentations to groups of women at FWHC and in the community.

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    Counselling Services

    Counselling services are provided by two senior counsellors. Referrals are not necessary – you can simply ring, leave your contact details with reception and a counsellor will ring back to make an appointment. After an assessment, short term counselling of up to 10 sessions is available or you may prefer to be involved in one of the groups facilitated by a counsellor.

    Perinatal Counselling
    For women experiencing antenatal or postnatal depression, anxiety and/or stress, individual counselling or group participation is available. Maintaining a speedy and effective response is a high priority and counsellors aim to make contact within two weeks of (self) referral. Counsellors facilitate an ongoing weekly postnatal support group at our Fremantle premises and periodically run a nine week postnatal support group in facilities in the City of Cockburn council area. An eight week group for pregnant women experiencing anxiety has also been facilitated at Fremantle.

    General Counselling
    The counselling team provide counselling for a range of issues including anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss, trauma, domestic violence, parenting concerns, low self esteem and other emotional issues. Wait times for appointments vary but the receptionist can give you an indication of this at the time of referral.

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    Group Activities

    Groups, workshops and presentations are provided to promote women's health and wellbeing. A range of therapeutic, support, exercise, self-help, educational, and social groups are available. Click on groups and events for details of programs. These are facilitated by FWHC staff, FWHC-paid facilitators, professionals from other agencies, and private facilitators who hire the facilities. Before facilitators (private or from other agencies) hire facilities, their credentials, goals for the group, and their capacity to work within the values and philosophy of FWHC are assessed. Only those groups that add value to existing FWHC services are supported.

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    Crèche

    The crèche facility is available to support women's participation in groups such as the Postnatal Support Group and various parenting groups, and is available on Thursday mornings for women wanting appointments with a doctor, nurse or counsellor.

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    Health Promotion

    Health Promotion Presentations & Events

    In response to your needs and to promote particular health issues, FWHC provides health promotion presentations utilising staff expertise and guest speakers, and responds to requests from other community organisations to give presentations. FWHC organises and participates in various regional public health promotion events. Check out our Facebook page or click on groups and events for details.

    FWHC is a site partner of the Act-Belong-Commit health promotion campaign. Act-Belong-Commit is a community-based health promotion campaign that encourages people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This evidence-based campaign was developed primarily from research undertaken by Curtin University into people's perceptions of mental health and the behaviours they believed protected and promoted good mental health. As the brand name suggests, people can build positive mental health by keeping physically, mentally, spiritually and socially active (Act); by keeping involved in family and community activities and participating in community events (Belong); and by taking on challenges or causes that provide meaning and purpose in their lives (Commit).

    To find out more visit actbelongcommit.org.au or email healthpromotion@fwhc.org.au

    Health information 

    Health information is provided in a variety of ways:
       -  By phone
       -  At appointments
       -  Free health pamphlets
       -  Health journals and magazines to read in the waiting room
       -  Regular displays at FWHC highlighting particular health issues
       -  Health promotion presentations & events
       -  Library of books for loan

    Library
    Payment of the annual FWHC support fee entitles you to borrow up to three books at a time for a period of a month. There are books on a range of topics including:
       -  Contraception and Family Planning
       -  Pregnancy
       -  Sexual Health
       -  Gynaecological Health
       -  General Medical Health
       -  Emotional and Mental Health
       -  Child Health
       -  Child Development
       -  Parenting and Family Relationships
       -  Alternative and complimentary approaches to Health and Wellbeing

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