Inspiring  Women  Families  and  Communities

20 Years of Ishar 1999 – 2000

Multicultural Tapestry – A project bringing together women from different cultural backgrounds and religious faiths in order to produce a spectacular piece of art honouring the uniqueness of Australians. A quilt and booklet were produced. This project was funded by the Office of Citizenship and Multicultural Interests.

Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health (PASH) – a nine week peer education program for adolescent women from CaLD backgrounds aged 13–17 years.
Funded by Healthways through Family Planning WA.

Community Youth Safe Sex Project - This project combined sexual health education with mural making sessions. The aim was to reduce the incidence and personal and social impact of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) in ‘at risk’ young women of CaLD backgrounds. An inspiring mural was created. A report on the project was presented at a Transcultural Mental Health Conference in Sydney in 2001. Funded by Communicable Diseases Control Branch of the Department of Health

Muslim Women’s Exercise Program - This innovative program was run by a Community Physiotherapist from the EPPHU and coordinated by Ishar. The program was in response to a need expressed by Muslim women and attendance grew over the months as women were referred because of health problems, social isolation and lack of physical activities.

Midlife Matters Program – a holistic view of women’s issues such as hormonal changes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, hormone therapy, sexuality and emotional health and well being.

Women with Disabilities Health Program – a ten-week program conducted at Rocky Bay Inc and Ishar covering basic anatomy and physiology, hormonal changes, cancer prevention and early detection, sexuality, pregnancy, childbirth and relationships. Women who attended the program were clients of Rocky Bay with varying degrees of disability.


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