Womens Health and Family Services' programs develop resources to assist individuals and service providers in areas identified as requiring greater support.

Note: Some documents are only available as hardcopies and must be ordered through WHFS. For more information please contact us on (08) 6330 5400.

Manuals and Resource Kits

Trauma-Informed Treatment Guide for
Working with Women with Alcohol and Other Drug Issues 

Ali Marsh, Tania Towers and Stephanie O’Toole [2011]

The manual is for service providers working with women experiencing AOD and mental health issues. The manual covers a wide range of topics ranging from assessment and screening to case formulation to the neurobiology of trauma. The manual takes a very practical approach with a “Tip Sheet” at the end of each chapter and a number of useful appendices, including: Information sheets for clients on a range of topics; Information for workers to consider when confronting a number of issues such as domestic violence and creating a safety plan with a woman; and Assessment tools.

Whether service providers are working with women in a gender specific service or program or seeing women as part of a mainstream service, the manual will be a helpful resource.

Purchasing a Copy of the Guide

NEW- The 3rd edition of the Guide is now available, the cost is $50 (+ $10 postage) or it can be collected from us at 227 Newcastle Street, Northbridge.

We are also currently selling the 2nd edition at a discounted rate of $30 (+ $10 postage) or it can be collected from us at 227 Newcastle street, Northbridge.

To purchase either edition, please pay through this link: www.trybooking.com/QYNM

For any further information contact bookings@whfs.org.au 

Supplementary Training

A five-module training series is also now available. For more information on the guide or the Improved Services Initiative, please call Fiona Reid on (08) 6330 5400.

Engaging Vulnerable Women in Physical Activity (DRS) Manual 

WHFS, with funding from the Department of Sports and Recreation (DSR), has developed a new resource for workers who are involved in physical activity programs with vulnerable women. Engaging Vulnerable Women in Physical Activity is a resource  manual that  looks at issues from both an agency’s perspective and a worker’s perspective of engaging vulnerable women in physical activity sessions and programs from the following groups:

  • women experiencing mental health issues,
  • women experiencing domestic violence,
  • women with problematic alcohol and drug use issues,
  • women in prisons
  • women from migrant and refugee backgrounds and
  • Aboriginal women

Topics covered include:

  • Common issues and considerations when working with vulnerable groups
  • Tips for agencies and managers supervising physical activity programs in keeping programs sustainable
  • Tips for staff, instructors, and coaches delivering programs and sessions to keep women engaged

If you would like would like further information on the manual and/ or the accompanying workshop please ring Susan Lee 6330 5400 or e-mail slee@whfs.org.au  To purchase the resource, please download an order form.

Ethnicity Data Collection Tool

Dr. Anne Aly and Gavin Currie [2011]

Equal service is not about giving people the same service, it is about them receiving a comparable service and, as far as possible, equal outcomes; By recording ethnicity data, we can ensure that we provide an appropriate and accessible service for the whole of the community.

The Ethnicity Questionnaire was developed:

To discuss the ways in which data collection informs your service delivery.
To build awareness and appreciation of the need to collect ethnic group data.
To identify the most useful data for your service delivery.
To identify issues with ethnicity data collection
To inform the development of an ethnic data collection tool that will be most useful and easy to use.

A podcast is also available through WHFS on Collecting Ethnicity Data, which gives a brief overview of this collection tool, as well as information on how and why to collect data.


Eating Disorder Resources Directory

The Eating Disorder Resources Directory contains a listing of services that are provided by private health professionals, community organisations and government departments in the Perth metropolitan area that either specialise, or have an interest in working to support people with eating disorders.


The Making of Good Men and Women

Report Summary: Responding to Youth Violence in the Home and its harmful impacts on families and communities in Western Australia. 

Youth Violence in the Home is the nexus between the devastating impact of Family and Domestic Violence upon children and young people and the generational cycle of Family and Domestic Violence, crime and anti-social behavior.

The Making of Good Men and Women working group, hosted by Womens Health and Family Services, is working towards reducing Youth Violence in the Home and its harmful impacts on families and communities in Western Australia. This report highlights the need for a comprehensive and effective, cross sector responses to mitigate Youth Violence in the Home and its harmful impacts on families and communities in Western Australia.

The group calls on the Government to take a bipartisan approach to addressing Youth Violence in the Home, to support the recommendations made in the report and turn the tide on family and domestic violence.

To discuss the report further please contact the Rural in Reach program by phone on (08) 6330 5400.

Preview image of MoGM Report. Click to download PDF Version.