The state Government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has announced a funding increase of A$34.3m ($22m) for Women’s Health Centres across the state.  

This increased funding has been allocated as part of the 2023-24 state budget to enhance health and wellbeing services for women, particularly those from low-income and vulnerable backgrounds.  

It is part of a broader commitment to provide A$100m over the next five years to support these essential community-based healthcare facilities. 

The funding will be distributed among 19 Women’s Health Centres in both metropolitan and regional areas of NSW, including the North Coast, Western Sydney, Central West, and the South Coast.  

Specific funding allocations for individual centres have been confirmed, with amounts ranging from A$239,000 for Waminda Women’s Health Centre to A$3.48m for Central Coast Women’s Health Centre.​ 

Other recipients of the funding include Illawarra Women’s Health Centre (A$2.74m), Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre (A$2.62m), Liverpool Women’s Health Centre (A$2.53m), and Coffs Harbour Women’s Health Centre (A$2.42m). 

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According to the NSW Government, the financial aid is part of A$81m being invested in vital services over the next four years.

Women’s Health Centres in NSW have been offering face-to-face support to an average of 50,000 women annually, many of whom have experienced domestic violence. 

These centres also deliver a variety of healthcare services, including mental health support, sexual and reproductive health services, preventative classes, and support groups.  

The additional funding will enable the centres, which have been operating for more than four decades, to remain sustainable, reduce wait lists for counselling, increase staff, and adapt to demographic changes and population growth. 

In addition, Women’s Health NSW, the leading body for these centres, will receive A$369,500 to support capacity-building activities.  

The NSW Government’s latest investment is a key part of its broader strategy to improve women’s healthcare and wellbeing. 

Health Minister Ryan Park: “With this more than A$34 million investment, we can ensure more women across NSW have access to this incredibly important service. 

“We are committed to improving access to healthcare services for women and this significant funding enhancement will help these centres continue to provide important health-related care and support services across NSW.”