Sutherland Wellness

“For older women by older women”

Who Are We?

When Noreen Hewett and Barbara Burnham came to the Sutherland Shire they researched the needs of older women, aged 55 years and over, and found that social isolation of older women was a priority that needed to be addressed.

At their instigation, Sutherland Older Women’s Network (OWN) Wellness Centre started in May 2001 with a grant from the Sutherland Shire Council.



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Pat Patterson
(02) 8502 3265
Robyn Young
0405 642 910
Bev Hewett
(02) 9548 1883

In 2001 and 2002, South East Area Health Service allocated grants to Sutherland Wellness and, as this funding ceased, Sutherland District Trade Union Club allocated successive grants each year as part of its Community Development Support Expenditure grants.

Today, Sutherland Wellness is run on a day-to-day basis by volunteers with around 150 registrations and an extensive range of activities.

We meet twice a week at the Sutherland Senior’s Centre, 749A Old Princes Highway, Sutherland for most activities. The Meditation, Ukulele and the Book Club classes are held at Club on East, 7 East Parade, Sutherland.

A group of women, on stage with colourful feather boas (DAMES Sutherland Wellness)
Pat receiving an award from two men, standing on either side
The Local Achievement award and the Local Senior of the year award
Our Centre is committed to providing a holistic approach to achieving and maintaining physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing through a range of affordable self-paced physical, educational and social activities within a caring and supportive environment, allowing older women to make informed choices regarding their own wellbeing.

Our range of activities include:
• Tai Chi
• Qi gong
• Feldenkrais
• Exercise
• Core and Balance
• Strengthening Exercises
• Meditation
• Ukulele Class
• Dance Moves
• The DAMES (a performance group)
• Book Club
• Morning Teas
• Out and About (social outings)
• Monthly Get-togethers with speakers

At our Centre we believe older women have substantial and significant life experiences to contribute and a strong desire to be socially active in a meaningful way.

Our aim is to provide members with skills to maintain their health and wellbeing in an all-inclusive and welcoming environment.

We operate under the philosophy “For older women by older women”.

Sutherland Older Women’s Network is funded and supported by Sutherland Shire Council, Club on East, IMB Bank Community Foundation, and Sutherland District Trade Union Club.

Two Ukulele Class members strumming away.

Members enjoying our Melbourne Cup luncheon 2016.

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