About Women's Health Service

Background/History

Women’s health services began in Adelaide in 1974 through the work of the women’s movement and government support for community health. By 1984 there were four centres in Elizabeth, Port Adelaide, North Adelaide and Christies Beach (later at Noarlunga Centre).

Following the release of the First National Women’s Health Policy and Program in 1989, services were further expanded in South Australia to include the employment of country women’s health workers and funding for HIV and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) programs.

In late 1995, as part of a State Government reform process, women’s health services across Adelaide became incorporated into community health services in their respective regions.

In 2014, SA Health established a single, fully integrated metropolitan women’s health service under the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, in response to the Review of Non Hospital Based Services.

Our Approach

We know that women have specific health needs and aim to support them to take control of their health and wellbeing by making their own decisions.

Our team

  • Aboriginal clinical health workers
  • Nurses including an Aboriginal women’s health nurse
  • Social workers, including a refugee women’s social worker
  • Mental health counsellor
  • Doctors
  • Administrative workers