Our History

Timeline

1982 – Women’s Health Collective founded. The idea came out of a consciousness-raising group for women, who were concerned about the lack of services specifically catering for the health needs of women. They believed that free, good quality health care should be available and accessible and that easily readable health information was necessary to demystify the process of health care, so that women could take individual responsibility for one’s own life.

1983 – Brisbane Women’s Health Centre established at Woolloongabba.

1984 – Centre became operational as an information, referral and resource centre with 7 full-time workers and 2 part-time childcare workers.

1985 – Organisation became incorporated under the name Brisbane Women’s Community Health Centre Inc.

1987 – New premises at Highgate Hill. Organisation held the Queensland Women’s Health Forum, attended by 400 people. The forum was part of the consultation process for the National Women’s Health Policy, which was released in 1989.

1989 – Four year National Women’s Health Program launched by the Federal Government. Bi-monthly Brisbane Women’s Health Centre newsletter commenced.

1990 – Now 10 staff including a research worker. Incorporated under new name Women’s Health Centre Inc. New premises at Spring Hill.

1991 – Health Journey established as a regular quarterly newsletter.

1993 – Launch of Having a Baby in Queensland booklet. Following the employment of grant-in-aid (GIA) workers, the organisation continued to play a role in multicultural health. The Having a Baby in Queensland publication was translated into eight different languages.

1997 – Incorporated under new name Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc. Health Information Line awarded a Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Best Practice in Women’s Health Award. Website launched. It incorporated general information and 10 student health information fact sheets.

2000 – Videoconference program commenced. The first videoconference was used to deliver a health education seminar on menopause from Toowoomba to 11 other rural and remote sites in Queensland. Between 2000-2005 over 1500 people participated in the videoconference program at over 90 sites.

2004 – Women’s Health produced a booklet on postnatal disorders, the first of several resources directed at pregnant women and mothers.

2006 – Organisation recognised as a Health Promotion Charity with the ATO.

2007 – Women’s Health’s quarterly publication, Health Journey, was reviewed and the style changed from an organisational newsletter to a full colour magazine featuring up-to-date women’s health information.

2009 – Looking After You: A New Mum’s Guide to Feeling Great was launched. This booklet, aimed at providing new mothers with information on eating well and physical activity.

2010 – An indigenous version of the booklet, Looking After You was produced. Titled The Deadly Mum’s Guide to Feeling Great it provided similar information targeted at Indigenous Australian mums.

2012 – Women’s Health and other women’s health services are transitioned from Queensland Health to Department of Communities. 

2013 – Midwife Check-in service established for pregnant women and new mums. The service offered regular phone calls from a nurse-midwife to women in the perinatal (during pregnancy and after birth) period.

2014 – Organisation moved to its current location in Fortitude Valley.

2015 – Women's Health partners with the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation to launch the Cervical Health Info Line.

2016 – Launch of the Perinatal Mental Health and Wellness Project, run in partnership with the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health. Mums at Work - a program to support pregnant and parenting women to ensure their transition back to work is a healthy and positive experience is launched.

2017 – A new booklet on anxiety during the antenatal and postnatal periods is developed. 

Last updated: 31 May 2017