Conversations | 14. Rebekah Worthington – Innovation overcomes isolation

By Donna Shepherd AM • Managing Director
• Conversations

Isolation restrictions around COVID-19 have added complexity to the work of the Hedland Well Women’s Centre.

But centre chief executive Rebekah Worthington reveals in the latest instalment of Creating Communities’ Stronger Together series of video conversations that the group is finding opportunities amid the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Hedland Well Women’s Centre provides a wide range of health services to the local community, with services provided by a nurse and dietitian, along with counselling, support for new mothers, cancer support and more. It is all about making connections and relationship building.

Rebekah tells us how the centre has had to make some innovations to offer these services online instead of in person. She also discusses the problems faced by women who are forced into isolation in unsafe households where they are at risk of domestic violence.

But she has also seen benefits from offering services online, with the potential to reach more people who may not be in a position to physically attend the centre.

Rebekah Worthington is chief executive of Hedland Well Women’s Centre. She has a background in mining safety and training management but a passion for community and improving women’s health.

This interview is part of Creating Communities’ series of video conversations with prominent Australians offering insights and wisdom on coping with the challenges this pandemic presents for all of us. It is a key part of our “Stronger Together” approach to the COVID-19 crisis as we work to bring people and communities together to help each other through this testing time.