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Port Hedland

Many women making Port Hedland home have come from a metropolitan environment and have often travelled interstate or inter country.

Adjusting

In their home environment these women have been strongly connected to family, friends and their community. Moving to Port Hedland can be the first time they have lived outside that environment.

Adjustment can be difficult especially when partners work long hours and the environment and climate is harsh. Even for those who have settled well , the transient nature of the town means regularly saying goodbye to friends, and after a while it is simpler to give up rather than start again.

It is too easy for women to become isolated and relationships strained resulting in anxiety and depression. The Well Women’s counselling statistics reflect the majority presenting with issues of depression, relationships and grief and loss.

We strongly believe women who are connected and not socially isolated stay and create strong communities. Those who are not connected and supported leave, and the town loses families and skilled workers.

Port Hedland Information