Free Legal Information Morning for women

Free Legal Information Morning 

Monday April 30th from 10am to 12noon

Bookings are essential, call 4782 5133

Wills – 

How to get your last wishes in writing

What happens if you don’t have a will

Understand why you should make plans now

The pitfalls of a DIY will kit

When may a will be contested

Power of attorney – 

Why have a power of attorney

Who is the best person to have your power of attorney

Is there superannuation to consider

Enduring guardian – 

What decisions does an enduring guardian make

Advance Care Directive – 

When is an advanced care directive used

Moving On Group for women

Moving On Group for women – Is the impact of your past affecting your present?

Nurture and re-discover yourself through creativity in an 8 session therapeutic journey for women.

Recognize and foster inner strengths, gain personal insights and empowerment.

No artistic skills necessary just a willingness to have fun, explore, learn and create in a safe, friendly environment                                                                           

Tuesdays beginning May 15th from 10am to 12.15pm

$25 for the entire course.

Term 2, 2018 Group Program out now!

Our term 2, 2018 group and event program is out now.

Please call BMWHRC on (02) 4782 5133 if you are interested in booking into one of our groups or for more information.

Places fill fast so call NOW!

Love Your Heart Project – Women’s Hearts Matter

Love Your Heart Project – Women’s Hearts Matter

Heart health is an issue for women for a number of reasons. Women are just as likely to die from heart disease as men however their symptoms are often different. Women don’t necessarily have the “typical” chest pain and often take longer to seek help.  90% of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease yet too many of us are unaware that heart disease is a women’s health issue. The good news is you can do something about it!  80% of heart disease is preventable.

The Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre, in conjunction with community partners, undertook a project LOVE YOUR HEART : WOMEN’S HEARTS MATTER, to create heart health awareness amongst women in the Blue Mountains. The photographs in this booklet are part of this project.

Many of the women whose photographs appear in this booklet have not previously thought of themselves as photographers and very few of them have exhibited before. However, through their photography and accompanying words, these women all say something to encourage other women to look after their hearts.

We would like to thank Sue Lightfoot and Sue Wildman who facilitated workshops that produced some of the photographs, Gayle Shaw, who put together this booklet and the wonderful women who actively engaged in the project by entering a photograph in the exhibition and portraying the many varied ways that we as women can love our hearts!

Sarala Porter

Manager, Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre

Heart Health Tips

  • Eat  Well

 What We Know : 

* What we eat has a major impact on our hearts. Research has shown that a Mediterranean diet which is made up of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, olive oil and a little fish and lean meat can cut cholesterol and heart risks. These dietary measures help reduce unhealthy LDL cholesterol and boost healthy HDL cholesterol.

* Olive oil is a key part of the Mediterranean diet. Extra-virgin and virgin olive oils (the least processed forms) also contain the highest levels of the protective plant linolenic acid (a type of omega -3 fatty acid).

* We also need to aim for a diet naturally low in trans fats.  These are the artificial ones found in such foods as margarine, snack foods, packaged baked goods and fast foods.

* Also aim for a diet low in salt and low in added sugar.

 What You Can Do : 

 * Eat a diet primarily based on the Mediterranean diet. Aim to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables a day. A serving is half a cup of cooked or one cup of raw vegetables.

* Replace margarine and butter with healthy fats such as olive oil (preferably cold pressed).

* Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavour food.

* Limit red meats to no more than a few times a month.

* Eat fish at least twice a week particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, sardines and albacore tuna.

* If you drink alcohol, red wine is best but in moderation.

* Limit takeaways to very occasionally.

  • Physical Activity

What we know :  

* Regular physical activity can halve your risk of heart disease.

* Being active boosts high density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. It also delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.

* Regular exercise has positive psychological benefits. For example, it can help reduce depression in a number of ways. This includes releasing feel-good brain chemicals such as neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids, reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression and increasing body temperature, which may have calming effects.

What you can do : 

 * Initially work out what you like doing. Is it going to a class? Going to a gym? Walking the dog? Playing tennis? Active gardening? Putting on music and dancing around the living room? Whatever it is, just move!

* At a minimum it is recommended that adults engage in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day of the week. Moderate activity means that you huff and puff a little but not so much that you can’t talk.

* Try and do vigorous activity where you may be working a little too hard to hold an easy conversation, three times a week. This can have additional health benefits.

* If doing physical activity as recommended feels too hard, break down the 30 minutes into three lots of 10 minutes.

* Find someone you can walk with.

* Set yourself small achievable goals and build on them as you get fitter and physical activity becomes part of your regular routine.

  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight

What we know : 

 * The recommendation is a waist circumference of 80cms or less for women. Belly fat is dangerous because it surrounds organs like your heart, kidneys and liver. It releases chemicals which can cause internal inflammation that can contribute to blockages in the arteries of your heart.

* Being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes and also contributes to high blood pressure.

* However, long term studies on the effectiveness of dieting, concluded that dieting itself is a consistent predictor of weight gain. Dieting itself is also associated with increased food preoccupation, binge eating and eating in the absence of hunger.

* Weight loss is more about changing the underlying habits of your eating, rather than choosing the “right” diet.

What you can do : 

 * If you need to lose weight, take a long term perspective and make permanent and sustainable changes to your diet.

* Losing 5 kilos in 6 months is a realistic goal if you don’t want to put the weight back on.

* Embrace the Mediterranean diet for most of the time.

* Choose mainly water to drink.

* Become physically active.

* Accept that unrealistic images of what we should look like, does not necessarily translate into a healthier body but may translate into us disliking our bodies!

  • Be Smoke Free

What we know :  

* Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease.

* It increases the risks of heart attack and stroke and affects the arteries that supply blood to the heart and other parts of the body.

* Stopping smoking reduces the risk of heart disease immediately you quit. This risk is significantly reduced after one year. After 5 years of not smoking, the risk of heart disease is the same as someone who has never smoked.

What you can do : 

* Set a date for quitting and begin to change habits. Learn how to handle stress and urges to smoke.

* Don’t give up. Many people slip up after they have quit and start smoking again. Don’t see this as failure but recognise that many people try a number of times before they finally do give up.

* Consider nicotine replacement products.

* Seek support from health professionals who are able to provide you with scientifically based medical treatments.

Ask your GP whether you need a heart health assessment.

We would like to thank our community partners who have contributed to the success of this project:

¨ Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre

¨ Dianella Cottage

¨ Mountains Outreach Community Services

¨ Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

¨ Thrive Services, and

¨ The Heart Foundation as part of their Making the Invisible Visible women’s heart health strategy.


 This week’s featured photo :


Heart of Grass

Artist : Aunty Elly Begg

“Heart of Grass” – nature’s beauty –
spiritual connection to land is important
for my health – my heart – my happiness.






Previous featured photos : 



Let’s Walk the Heart

Artist : Teena Garcia Kramer


A healthy heart is as easy as a 30 minute walk in the sun. Do it in one stretch or 3 short bursts every day.





Inspirations of the Heatrt

Artist:  Melinda Kelsey


Using my creativity on my quilt has been inspirational. My heart responds with joy when I complete yet another scene.





My Faithful Friend

 Artist:  Heather Haisman


“Kooka” comes to my son’s veranda every day for Michael to stroke its breast, then off Kooka flies.

This does my heart good as Michael has a brain injury.





An Early Start

Artists : Antonia Ravesi

Learning how to look after heart health needs to start in childhood.





Sisterly Love

Artist : Cornelia Gartner

Strong, supportive, fun loving relationships and connections get me through stressful periods in life. Managing stress better helps me maintain a healthy heart






A Simple Moment

Artist : Darcey Spellman

This is my family. Simple moments like this fill my heart to the rim! Taking in the love with one long breath and exhaling the joy and happiness keeps my heart healthy.






Fruit & Veg

Artist : Judith Hawkes

I enjoy shopping for and storing my weekly fruit and veg. Then I have a good supply of healthy food to keep me going during a busy work week.





Dianne Walking in the Bush

 Artist:  Serena Holman

Sharing experiences with friends, like walking in the bush, is good for my heart because I’m exercising, breathing in fresh air and enjoying good company.







Yarramundi Reserve
Floating Down the River

Artist:  Lyn Stanger

I always find water calming and being in Yarramundi Reserve is important to me because it helps me feel connected to my culture.  I like to notice the little things like the sparkle of the water and the little duck on the river.  Being mindful and in the moment is good for my heart.



Wise Birds

Artist : Lexie Kelsey

I took this photo because the pelicans are waiting for their fish dinner. Fish, especially salmon, trout and tuna contains a lot of omega 3 fatty acids and are good for our hearts because the omega 3 fatty acids can slow down the growth of plaques in the arteries.

International Women’s Day 2018

Saturday March 3rd from 11am at Kindelhill School, Wentworth Falls

11am to 1.30pm  – Workshops

Taketina Rhythm and Song, Afro Fusion Dance, Mandala Weaving.

1.30pm to 2.30pm – Lunch with Foodsmith

2.30pm onwards – A fantastic program of speakers and performers including : Aunty Carol, Hands Heart & Feet, Singing Alive, Annalouise Paul Flamenco and more.

$20 per workshop / $20 for the performance / $50 for the day.

Volunteer and donation options available.

All funds raised go to BMWHRC and a Nepalese Refuge for young girls who have been resuced from sex work.

This event is open to anyone to attend, women, men and children.


Specialist Domestic Violence Positions available

Specialist Domestic Violence Positions

Based at Lithgow with our Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service team, these 4 new positions are part of the NSW Safer Pathway reform to provide a consistent and effective response to those experiencing domestic violence across NSW.

Positions include:

2 Safety Action Meeting Coordinators @ 35 hours per week and

2 Local Coordination Point Intake and

Referral Officers @ 30 – 35 hours per week.

Our Tips for Applicants and an information package (including selection criteria and more details) for each position is available by clicking any of the links below.


BMWHRC Tips for Applicants 2017

BMWDVCAS LCP IRO Job Description 2017

Bathurst Mudgee BMWDVCAS SAM Coordinator Job Description 2017

Blue Mt Hawkesbury BMWDVCAS SAM Coordinator Job Description 2017


Only written applications addressing all selection criteria will be considered. Email to: by 5pm Monday, January 22, 2018.

Interviews will be held late January with a view to starting mid to late February.

Health & Wellbeing course for women

Do you want to feel really well?

Do you want to eat better, move more & feel less stressed?

Make sustainable, long term changes that can reduce your risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases and maximise your  potential for ongoing good health.

Get support while making positive changes.

Thursdays for 7 weeks starting Thursday February 15th from 10am to 12 noon at BMWHRC

Bookings are essential, call 4782 5133 to book your place




Mindfulness Group at Lithgow

Mindfulness Group

A free group for mothers and grandmothers who care for young children.

Fridays starting November 10th from 10am to 12.30pm at LINC, Lithgow

Learn Basic mindfulness techniques, reduce stress, affirm strengths and connect with others.

Mothering / caring for kids can be all kinds of challenging, tiring, stressful and wonderful.

This group Mindfulness will offer you a selection of mindful tools and techniques to try.  These activities can help restore a sense of inner calm and well-being while doing the most  important job in the world: caring for your kids.

Childcare available

Bookings are essential, call LINC on 6352 2077 to book your place

Term 4 Group program out now

Our Term 4 group program is out now, download your copy here

Bookings for term 4 start on September 18th


Women’s Spirit Event

The Blue Mountains People for Reconciliation and ANTaR invite the women of the Blue Mountains and surrounds to the 2017 Women’s Spirit Event –

Invitation to the

Women’s Spirit Event

to be held on

Friday 15th September 2017

10am – 2.30pm

at the

Mid Mountains Community Centre

New Street, Lawson.

Come and join us in building bridges of understanding                   while sharing wisdom towards creating a future committed to justice and peace.

This is a gathering of women from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

Come and connect with others through story, song and dance –        energising our lives together with a sense of belonging.

Share your insights, dreams, wisdom and hope.

Blue Mountains women have appreciated similar community events held in 1999, 2009, 2011 and 2013. 

This is a day for women to reflect, restore, refocus and re-energise.


Ph: Sheila: 4751 3610.  MOB: Elaine 0426 872 446    

Organised by BM people for Reconciliation/ANTaR & Mountains Outreach Community Services (MOCS)


We acknowledge the Darug and Gundungurra people as the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on. We seek to support and work with all Aboriginal people living in the Blue Mountains.