empowering women & their children 

northern rivers women & children’s services inc.

Our services support the diverse women and their children in the Northern Rivers community to be well, safe, strong and empowered to thrive.




About our Organisation

Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Incorporated (NORWACS) is a feminist, community-based charity that provides health and wellbeing services for the diversity of women and their children, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

Our services recognise and challenge the effects of sex-role stereotyping and gender discrimination on women’s health and wellbeing. We work to empower women to determine their individual health needs and to make and access evidence informed choices.


Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre
WISE: Women in Social Enterprise
Heartfelt House: Support for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse
WORTH: Women’s Outreach Trauma Health Service

Our Patron

We are proud and honoured to have the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO KC as our regal patron. 

Our values

Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc is committed to the achievement of a society in which all relationships are free from abuse, and embraces the feminist principles of self-determination, empowerment and freedom of choice for all women and children.


We accept and value the diversity of women for who we are


We speak and act on our convictions despite adversity


We are honest, sincere and do what we say we will do


We are friendly, generous, compassionate and considerate


We foster sustainable programs to benefit the lives of women and our communities

Respect to First Nations people

Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc acknowledge the people of the Bundjalung Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work today. We pay respect to their elders past and present and emerging leaders, as well as all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. This country was never ceded and always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

We endorse the ‘Uluru Statement From the Heart’ to call for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our Top Priorities

The NORWACS Strategic Framework 2020-2023 sets out the priorities and objective of the organisation and can be accessed here.

Women’s Health & Wellbeing

Women’s Health & Wellbeing

NORWACS is a regional leader in the provision of evidence-informed services to improve the health and well-being of women in the Northern Rivers, particularly those at risk of poorer health outcomes.

Community Capacity Building

Community Capacity Building

We apply our expertise and experience to strengthen the capacity of women to thrive in and enrich their communities.

Communication and Promotion

Communication and Promotion

NORWACS utilises multifaceted, fit-for-purpose and effective communication processes to achieve its objectives across all priority areas and strategic objectives.

Organisational Development

Organisational Development

NORWACS demonstrates use of best practice in its governance, management and expanding operations to achieve its objectives.

Upcoming Events


july 23

Connect and Play

A 6 week group starting on Monday, 17 July 2023


june 23

Bundjalung NAIDOC Day



june 23

Women Talk Money

Wednesday, 21 June 2023 


june 23

Mindful Healing at Times of Trauma

Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30am 


may 23

The Shark Cage Group Program

Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30am 


may 23

Strong Foundations Women’s Yoga

Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30am 


april 2023

Heartfelt House: Healing Pathways

Healing Pathways is a 10-week group program for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Thursdays, 10:30am to 12:30pm. $100 ($10 per week). To enrol please follow this link: Enrol Here


Watch this space

Womens Weekly Wellbeing

1:30pm – 3pm for six weeks

  • co creating an emotionally safe & nurturing space
  • connect, share and build wellbeing skills


Therapeutic trauma informed counselling

Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. 

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