Women's Health Service

The Women’s Health Service offers free nursing, medical, nutrition, and counselling services to vulnerable women in the ACT and region. We have been supporting women in the ACT and Region for 30 years. It is a Service for Women By Women.

Women's Health Service values

A cceptance

C ourage

C onnectedness

E mpathy

S afety

S elf-determination

Criteria for service

Women's Health Service sees women who have significant difficulty in accessing health services due to the impact of:

•           Violence, abuse or neglect

•           Identifying as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

•           Language or cultural barriers

•           Homelessness or risk of homelessness

•           Substance abuse issues

•           Mental health issues

•           Disability

•           Sexual identity issues

To discuss your individual circumstances, please phone 02 6205 1078 and speak to one of our intake workers.

Our services

Our services include:

•           Well Women's Clinic - The registered nurses will provide women with a comprehensive women's health check that includes a health history, basic physical examination, routine screening, cervical screening (Pap Smear) and life style advice.

•           Specialised Medical Services - Nurse Practitioner and Doctor services can provide you with short term comprehensive care and assist you to link in with a general practice in the community.

•           Nutrition – A dietician provides consultations on a range of nutrition related issues including: general nutrition; food allergies or intolerances; gut issues; and developing a healthier relationship with food. This service is available on alternate Thursdays.

•           Counselling - Short, medium and long term counselling is offered on a range of issues

•           Health Promotion - Women's Health Service provides health promotion on women’s health issues to community agencies; and when possible training to health professionals and community agencies on working with women who have been subjected to interpersonal violence.

Drop in and Phone Intake

Intake hours:

Monday:       1pm to 3pm

Tuesday:      1pm to 3pm

Wednesday: 1pm to 3pm

Friday:          1pm to 3pm

Please note that Intake hours are subject to change.


Women's Health Service is centrally located in Civic at  Level 1, ACT Health Building, 1 Moore St Canberra City ACT 2601


Outreach counselling and women's health clinics are also provided in:

•           Gungahlin - Child and Family Centre, 51 Ernst Cavanagh Street, Gunghalin.

Counselling Monday only.

•           West Belconnen - West Belconnen Child and Family Centre, Corner Starke and Luke Streets, Holt.

Counselling every Thursday and Well Women's Clinic occurs monthlyon a Thursday.

•           Belconnen - Belconnen Health Centre, 56 Lathlain St (cnr Cohen St) Belconnen.

Well Women's Clinics occur 3 Thursdays a month.

•           Phillip - Phillip Health Centre, Keltie Street, Phillip (next to Woden Library).

Well Women's Clinics occur every Tuesday.

Counselling occurs every Friday.

•           Tuggeranong - Child and Family Centre, Anketell Street, Tuggeranong – Thursday and Friday Counselling only

•           Tuggeranong - Greenway Waters, Cnr Anketell and Cowlishaw Streets - Well Women's Clinic - every Monday

Contact us

Ph:  (02) 6205 1078

Fax: (02) 6207 0143

Email: womenshealthservice@act.gov.au

Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 4.45pm - excluding Public Holidays and are closed between the Christmas and New Year period.

NOTE: This service does not function as a traditional general practice and does not provide immediate or crisis care. For example, treatment of minor ailments such as coughs or colds or symptoms that might indicate a heart attack such as chest pain or shortness of breath. If you have urgent health concerns you can go to;

•           The Walk-In-Centre at Tuggeranong or Belconnen ( 7am-11pm, 7 days a week)

•           Go to Accident and Emergency at Canberra or Calvary Hospitals

•           Dial 000 for an Ambulance

•           Phone healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222 (Free 24 hour telephone health advice line staffed by Registered Nurses)

•           Drop in and phone intake

Women's Resources

100 Years of Women's Health poster

Key contacts

  • Mental Health Crisis Team: 1800 629 354 (24 hrs)
  • Lifeline: 13 1111 (24 hrs)
  • DVCS: (02) 6280 0900 (24 hrs)
  • Rape Crisis: 6247 2525 (7am - 11pm 7 days)
  • Australian Federal Police: 13 1444
  • Emergency: Police, Ambulance and Fire - 000

Women's Health Service is not a crisis service. We do not provide acute or urgent medical care. If you feel you are in crisis please contact Health Direct 1800 022 222, Lifeline or go to your nearest emergency department.