Update: Progress on the new book of women's stories

For everyone who's asking about where the new book of women's stories is up to. We've completed the draft and it's been sent up the line for approval. As soon as we have an update we'll let you know (so far there's been good feedback). We're looking forward to publishing and getting it out there so there's more understanding about same sex attraction and the difficulties women and families can experience. Stay tuned. :)


Learn techniques to manage distress ...

There's a new course, Getting to Grips with Distress, that could be beneficial. It's been designed for women who are privately trying to deal with upsetting situations and sometimes have difficulty getting on top of their emotions. You'll learn techniques for acceptance and how to let emotions come and go ... so you're better equipped to deal with things.

Thursdays 27 April - 18 May 2017 (4 weeks), 10.30am-12.30pm. Call us to book in: 9560 3011.

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One woman's story of saying good bye to her husband, after he became a transgender woman

This podcast from Richard Fidler's 'Conversations' program is a woman sharing her experience of her husband's transition to a transgender woman. As you know, our service is for women in NSW whose male partners are sexually attracted to men, but this can also include our supporting women whose male partners are transitioning to transgender women.

In this podcast, you'll hear Kylie Jones describe how as her husband Colin transitioned to become Anne, Kylie and her three daughters went through their own experience.

Kylie has also written a book about her experience and says that while she respects the courage it takes somebody to transition, she also appreciates the courage it takes for the families to live through the transition. Click here to hear Kylie's story: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations/8189672

 

 

 

 


Even when you're busy or distracted, make time for your health...

When we're busy or are dealing with challenging personal situations, like family or relationship issues, we can put our on health on the back burner. But, if you're meant to be having regular health check ups, try to keep to the schedule. If you're of the age or have a family history that means you should be having a regular mammogram, try to keep to the plan. Breastscreen NSW's website has all the details and locations. See its website for more details:

Fast facts about Breastscreen NSW mammograms:

It's free. It saves lives.
Call 13 20 50 to make your appointment.

  • 1 in 8 women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • 9 out of 10 women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer.
  • Breast screening can find cancers before they can be felt or noticed - you have a better chance of survival when breast cancer is found early.
  • We target women aged 50 to 74 to have a screening mammogram every two years.
  • 20 minutes every two years can offer peace of mind.
  • No doctor’s referral is needed (but we encourage you to share your results with your doctor. Please bring their details to your appointment so we can send them your results).

 


Look after yourself first, you are number one!

home-banner1Have you felt pressured to have sex that you don't want? This is something our clients often talk with us about. Women tell us that, often in hindsight, they regret having sex with their partner when they felt he was having sex with other people/men. They say that at the time they wanted to trust him, they hoped their concerns were 'silly', they didn't want to rock the boat, or they didn't know how to say no or to insist on protection. Perhaps he was adamant he hadn't been having sex outside the relationship, that he wouldn't - he only loved them, only to find out a while later that he had been having liaisons with men. It can be difficult to say no to sex or negotiating safe sex (condoms) in what you think is a monogamous relationship, but if you believe your partner could be having sex with someone else (either male or female), you should put your own health and needs first. Apart from condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections including HIV, apart from perhaps having that difficult conversation about the type of sex you will agree to or your terms, there are also other options - particiularly PrEP. PrEP is a new daily pill for people who are at high risk of HIV transmission.

For more information about PrEP medication - the daily pill that can help prevent HIV - go to: http://pozhet.org.au/prep/

If you'd like some ideas for how to have these difficult conversations, you can call us and talk it through. No one's saying these conversations are easy, but you don't have to feel alone.

We can be reached on 02 9560 3011 or 1800 787 887.