The Central West Women’s Health Centre (CWWHC) celebrated its 30th anniversary serving the needs of Bathurst women on Tuesday.
A highlight of the celebrations at the Bathurst City Community Club was a community panel of which I joined Karla McDiarmid, Annette Gainsford and Dr Jess Jennings discussing the future of women’s issues in our community and what we can do to improve that discussion.
Before the panel discussion took place, CWWHC conducted its annual general meeting and re-elected its seven-member volunteer board for another year.
CWWHC manager, Erica Pitman, told the 50-strong crowd gathered at the event that the centre had a wonderful year, with a growth in services, development of new programs and an improved balance sheet.
“It is important to recognise the wonderful efforts of our small team in delivering these services, and the benefits that flow back to local women in our community,” Erica said.
“We also have some great working partnerships with other providers in Bathurst, and these are also making big differences for local women,” she added.
The panel then convened for about 45 minutes answering a number of pre-prepared question with Karla discussing the needs of women from a business capacity, Annette relating to the education sector, Jess talking about political needs and myself discussing the role of media in empowering women.
Congratulations to the CWWHC for its 30 years serving our community.

Caption: The newly elected board of the Central West Women’s Health Centre.