Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October in NSW. This month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not. This month also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed. This month is to raise awareness.

Penrith Women’s Health Centre is here to help and support you!

Women's Health Week

With the stress COVID-19 has placed on everyone's lives, it’s now more important than ever to look after your overall health and wellbeing. This September, Women’s Health Week is a great reminder to take time out to check in on your health and to keep making positive changes that can last a lifetime. 

COVID-19 News:

MyAusCOVID-19 App

June 15, 2020

Migration Council Australia (MCA) has developed a multilingual resource about COVID-19, how it impacts you in Australia and available support. 

The app is translated into 25 languages and provides up to date information on COVID-19 and relevant services and support.

With the MyAusCovid-19 app you can:

  • Browse articles to find out more about COVID-19, tips for prevention, caring for individuals and community, information on government response, and access to health care, financial assistance and support

  • Search for topics or points of interest

  • View short animations with helpful summaries of specific topics

  • Find useful tips and contacts to help you adjust during COVID-19

Have you lost your income due to COVID-19 and you have trouble paying rent?

June 15, 2020


Redfern Legal Centre has produced videos and information sheets on rent negotiations & evictions during COVID-19.

COVID Connect. A phone call to keep you socially connected

May 11, 2020

Good social connections are essential for all aspects of physical and mental wellbeing. While many of us are staying at home during COVID-19, it can be easy to feel isolated.

If you are not in regular contact with others, our COVID Connect service can help you.

One of our volunteers would be happy to call you – once or regularly – for a friendly chat to help maintain or improve social connection.

What is COVID Connect?

COVID Connect is a free service from Australian Red Cross to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 has impacted all Australians in one way or another. So it’s really important that no one faces it alone.

Who is this service for?

COVID Connect is for adults of all ages. It is available to anyone who is not in regular social contact with is experiencing isolation or loneliness.

Note: It is not a service for people wanting assistance with their mental health or those who require assistance in a crisis.

Register for a call

Sign up below. It’s easy and free and we’re looking forward to talking to you!

COVID 19 - Disability Information Helpline

May 11, 2020

The Federal Government has launched a Disability Information Helpline for individuals, families, carers, support workers and services who need support because of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The helpline will find you the right service, provide reliable and accessible information, or connect you with a counsellor for emotional support.

The helpline will put you in contact with a person who listens to you, uses their connections to answer your questions, checks facts and obtains information for you.

It can also transfer you directly to the appropriate service you require depending on your situation.
The helpline is available from Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST) by calling 1800 643 787 or you can live chat on the website. More information here:


April 28, 2020

Government app COVID SAFE -  see a picture of the government app 

How to explain coronavirus to kids

May 12, 2020

An interactive booklet that explains coronavirus to kids.

Available in many languages.

Click the link below

A book explaining Coronavirus for Children

April 28, 2020

A book that helps to explain Coronavirus to children.

Click on the link below

From Community Resource Network: Western Sydney Women's newest initiative, "WISE".

April 27, 2020

WISE is aimed at women who are 55+ and currently unemployed. A group mentoring set up in an online private forum where professionals will be presenting on a weekly basis. Registrations are limited, and are open to the public for those that have an association to Western Sydney. 

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Helpful information and sites: 

This is a really difficult time for a lot of people!
Everyone deserves to be safe in their own home! Please share to get the message out that help is available. And remember, in an emergency dial 000 #ACTIONONDVNOW



Law Council of Australia document re: Top Ten Guide for Separated Parents during Covid19 

Other News:

Contribution to workers' rights awarded

July 15, 2018

At the ACTU Congress in Brisbane recently, Sam Parker received the Jennie George Award for a woman making contribution to workers’ rights in Australia. It was a great surprise - Sam didn’t even know that she had been nominated!

"Sam showed exactly why she deserves the award when she gave a beautiful and moving acceptance speech (off the cuff) where she acknowledged the solidarity of all unions in the We Won’t Wait campaign and spoke about how as a front line worker, it is her involvement in the union movement that gives her the opportunity and power to campaign for changes that affect her, her colleagues and most importantly - the women she supports in her work every day" (Natalie, ASU).


This is the nomination video that was prepared by the Union:

Benefits of Women's Health Centres

August 12, 2018

The study linked below, which looked at the experiences of women who attended Liverpool Women's Health Centre, illustrates the benefits of a clinic run by and for women, providing free women-centred care. In addition to being accessible in terms of location and cost, women conveyed their appreciation for the continuity of care provided. Further, women who accessed the service reported the nurse practitioner provided a professional environment that facilitated the development of trust. The study found that providing a service that is accessible and comforting can increase the participation of vulnerable women in routine cervical cancer screening practices, as well as reduce the morbidity and mortality rate of cervical cancer that often results from under-screening.

Nurse Practitioner Jo Perks, who provides medical services to women at Liverpool and was part of this study, also provides medical services at Penrith Women's Health Centre, where she is available on Mondays for appointments.                        

nib foundation supports our Wise Wonderful Women's camp on the Hawkesbury

January 16, 2018

With funding support from nib foundation, Penrith Women’s Health Centre provided a three-day camp for Wonderful Wise Women, a group of senior women of CALD backgrounds.

The camp took place in the natural surrounds of the Hawkesbury River and provided opportunities for the women, aged between 59-85 to experience a short getaway, enabling them to socialise, relax and rejuvenate, have fun and become involved in physical and mental health and wellbeing learning and activities.

The camp enhanced the women’s knowledge, wellbeing and connectivity with each other, creating an inclusive community and promoting the importance of taking care of one’s physical and mental health.

Women participated in a number of activities including morning tai chi, stretching, walking, swimming, falls preventions exercises, dancing, singing, storytelling, relaxation and mindfulness meditation, games, laughter yoga, dress ups and cruise.

On the conclusion of the camp women reported:

“I found healing from inside out, I feel much better in myself”

“I have never done so much dancing, I feel more confident, less shy”

“I was pain free whole camp, I didn’t have to take as many tablets for pain”

Domestic Violence can affect everyone

Ms Emma Husar MP (Lindsay) voices her experiences with domestic violence and hopes to advocate for change by generating a conversation.

Mammograms: Kerri's Story

Kerri Welsh is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in 2009 after a routine mammogram.

Due to the general hustle and bustle of life Kerri delayed the mammogram that ended up saving her life. She urges other women to not be complacent about prioritising their health. Kerri didn’t feel a lump through self examination, so her cancer was only detected through a mammogram.  

Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer amongst NSW women. The most effective time to treat breast cancer is during early stages of the disease. The X-Ray images of the mammogram can detect cancers as small as a grain of rice. BreastScreen NSW offer free screenings for women aged 40 up and it is recommended that women aged 50-74 have a screening every 2 years. A 20 minute examination could save your life.

Paptests! What you need to know...

The Pap test is a quick and simple examination that checks for any changes in the cells of a woman's cervix (located at the neck of the uterus/womb), which can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. Most women will not experience any symptoms the only way to know if there are abnormal cells present is to have a Paptest.


  • Pap tests are recommended for all women aged 18 to 70 years old within two years of becoming sexually active.

  • Regular Pap tests reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer by 90% and save more than 1,200 women each year in Australia from cervical  cancer. The Pap test should then be repeated every two years.

  • Approximately 8 in 10 women who develop cervical cancer have either not had a Pap test or have not had them regularly.

  • Women in same sex relationships also need to have regular Pap tests. HPV is commonly spread through skin-to-skin contact with the genital area, and can be found in women who have never had sexual contact with men.

  • If you have ever been sexually active it is important to have regular Pap tests, even if you are no longer sexually active, have had the same sexual partner, or have been through menopause, as changes in the cells may take some time to develop. The risk of cervical cancer does not decrease with age.


Penrith Women's Health Centre implores all women to be regular with their screening. Early detection is imperative. Please contact us by phone or email to book an appointment.

The Bra Study

In 2015, Penrith Women's Health Centre participated in a Bra Study conducted by Celeste Coltman, a PhD candidate in the Biomechanics Research Laboratory. The study sampled 387 Australian Women aged between 18 and 84 years old, and found that 85% of women were wearing the wrong bra size. The study has emphasised the importance of having the correct bra fit as it has found that the skin of the breast loses its elasticity from as early as 25 years old to 44 years of age. (See participant feedback below).

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