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Thursday, April 25, 2024

New exhibition celebrates Australia’s first women’s health centre

Funded in 1974, Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre (LWCHC) has been
championing women’s holistic well-being and a supportive community for women of all ages for 50 years.

2024 is the centre’s milestone 50th Anniversary and includes an exhibition at Leichhardt Library entitled The Thread Between us: Weaving Service, Activism, Connecting Women.

The exhibition will be launched by NSW Minister for Women, Minister for Seniors, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Jodie Harrison on Wednesday March 6th 2024 at Leichhardt Library.

With a rich history of advocacy and community engagement, Leichhardt Women’s
Community Health Centre (LWCHC) has become a beacon of empowerment and safety to
access medical and complementary health care, educational resources, counselling, and
groups that provide support, skills and therapy.

The Centre has adapted to evolving challenges, consistently providing cutting edge information, support and services.

Providing services to thousands of women, the Centre’s legacy is interwoven with stories of
resilience, courage and the positive impact on women’s lives. ‘The work at LWCHC has saved women’s lives’, Dr Ses Salmond, LWCHC Manager said today.

“When women cannot come to LWCHC, Leichhardt Women’s goes to the community
offering nursing clinics, alcohol and other drugs counselling and health education,” added LWCHC Board Chairperson, Marta Vasquez.

The exhibition highlights many campaigns such as the Community Mobile “INFO VAN”
(1976); Dalkon Shield IUD Action Project (1982); “Bitter Medicine” minor tranquillisers
(1984); Women Partners of Men who have Sex with Men Service (2001); and Save Our
Services Campaign (2014).

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