Services

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Crisis Support

Our Crisis Supporter is available to speak with women either over the phone or by coming into the centre about any crisis situation they may find themselves in. The crisis support officer is able to link them in with either counsellors, housing or provide them with information and support they may need to assist the through their crisis period. Crisis support could be around Domestic and Family Violence, Homelessness or Medical issues just to name a few. This service allows women to have someone to talk to when they need them the most.

Intake Referral & Support

Lismore Womens Health and Resource Centre provide an opportunity for women to come and speak with our Intake Officer about anything that may be concerning them. From this point we are able to provide information on services and programs within the area that may be able to assist them further. This service allows women the opportunity to discuss their wants and needs and be reassured that they are being referred to a service that will best suit them.

Health Promotion & Education

Lismore Women’s Health & Resource Centre provides both in-house and outreach women’s health clinical services undertaking women’s health and preventative health checks. They distribute health information and resources across the greater Lismore Region by use of health promotion boards, brochures, social media and website promotion. During the last year a total of eight themed health promotion boards have been promoted at Lismore Library and the LWHRC on key health issues.

Women’s Health Nurse

The women’s health nurse, Andrea Brooks, is available for specialist advice.

Andrea Brooks has been the Women’s Health Nurse at the Lismore Women’s Health & Resource Centre for 22 years. Her area of expertise is sexual and reproductive health, with certificates in midwifery, family planning and women’s health nursing.

She is available for appointments with women, either face-to-face or by telephone. In particular, if dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, women can have counselling, discuss their options and get Andrea’s help with arranging a termination of pregnancy.

Other issues which Andrea can provide advice about include

  • contraceptive choices
  • antenatal and postnatal care
  • fertility information
  • post abortion care
  • breast health and breast examination
  • sexual health, sexuality
  • menopause and osteoporosis information.

In addition, Andrea provides in house, or outreach health education or health promotion sessions and small group work, plus information about, and referrals to other services as needed. Andrea is available on Wednesdays between 2pm and 5 pm, providing a ‘women’s health line’ for information, support and referral.

Counsellor

Our experienced GENERALIST COUNSELLOR offers high quality, professional help in a strictly confidential setting. She provides support with any concern however big or small including:

  • Decreasing levels of anxiety and depression.
  • Management of and recovery from traumatic experiences.
  • Recovery work on the impacts of domestic and family violence and sexual assault.
  • Help with relationship or parenting problems.
  • Separation and divorce issues.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Grief and loss.
  • Drug and alcohol issues.
  • Stress management and wellbeing.
  • Self-esteem skills. Relationship skills.

Approaches to counselling include Humanistic, Feminist, Trauma informed, Psychodynamic, Cognitive behavioural therapy, Dialectical behavioural therapy, Motivational interviewing, Voice dialogue, Sandplay, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and the Emotional Freedom technique/Tapping.

Rape & Domestic Violence Services

Counselling for women who are adult survivors of childhood sexual assault is available at Lismore Women’s Health & Resource Centre. The Counsellors are professionally qualified and trained. They work within a best practice trauma-based therapeutic model.

This service is provided with our vision of vibrant and wellbeing for all women and girls. We empower women and girls by providing a holistic feminist health service in a safe and respectful environment.

Lismore Womens and Children’s Refuge (LWCR)

Lismore Women & Children’s Refuge is committed to the empowerment of women and provides women and children who have been living with domestic abuse and sexual assault a safe and supportive environment where they can consider their options and make informed choices. We offer:

  • Crisis accommodation for up to 6 weeks for women and children who have experienced violence, abuse or sexual assault
  • Informed support and referrals to other services
  • Weekly support groups for women
  • Referrals to other refuges if you feel unsafe in this area
  • Individual support and case management for your children and supported and assistance with parenting matters.

Following their stay at the refuge many women have secured stable, safe, long term housing, pathways to education and training and explored job opportunities.

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