Our approach

We are dedicated to providing women-centred care, with services provided by female health professionals and support staff, for women and their families.

Our services are personalised and holistic. We provide a safe place where adequate time is given to ensure your health needs are adequately and effectively met.

We respect your individuality and group affiliations and encourage you to become equal and active partners in your health care.

Our commitment is to provide a welcoming environment with high quality, professional, affordable and accessible health services.

We aim to ensure that our services and facilities

  • are inclusive of all women regardless of age, ability, religion, culture, sexuality or socio-economic circumstances
  • respond to community needs
  • provide quality health promotion, prevention and treatment responses.

Social Model of Health

Our 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, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and location.

Being a woman is a key social determinant of health.  Gender inequality negatively affects women throughout their life, their educational and training pathways, employment opportunities, work-life balance, economic security, social inclusion, and safety, and all of this impacts on health outcomes.

Particular groups of women are more at risk of poor health outcomes because of their life circumstances. These include:

  • women on low incomes
  • Aboriginal women
  • culturally and linguistically diverse women
  • women who experience domestic and sexual violence; lesbian, bisexual and transgender women and
  • women with disabilities.

These women may experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and disadvantage, placing them at greater risk of poverty, family violence, exclusion from economic and social participation, and poor health and wellbeing.

Women’s health

There is evidence that in Western Australia

  • Women are more likely to report long-term mental health issues and higher levels of psychological distress than men.
  • Women who are refugees or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have substantially raised levels of mental illness.
  • Aboriginal women have much poorer physical and mental health than other Western Australians.
  • Lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women have significantly higher levels of psychiatric illness than heterosexual women, as well as deliberate self-harm, and use of alcohol and other substances.
  • Violence against women is associated with a range of physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health problems.
  • Women and girls continue to experience the overwhelming burden of sexual and reproductive ill health when compared with men.

Get involved

By making a donation, volunteering or becoming an ambassador you can contribute to the important work that FWHC does in promoting women's health and wellbeing in our community.

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