The team at the Central West Women’s Health Centre welcome all women and children to the Service.

Karen Boyde

Karen Boyde


Karen commenced at the Central West Women’s Health Centre in June 2019. Karen joins the team bringing with her a multi-faceted career history with transferable skills in leadership, management and community development.

Karen is passionate about building community capacity, developing local partnerships and has a strong sense of social justice.

As Manager, Karen is committed to addressing gaps in women’s health in the Central West and promoting physical, emotional health and wellbeing for all women.

Karen has completed the following qualifications:
Bachelor Social Science (Community Development)
Post Graduate Certificate Education K – 6
Post Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management

Lorraine Prentice

Lorraine Prentice

Senior Generalist Counsellor



Marie Bourke

Generalist Counsellor



Michelle Patton

Michelle Patton

Child Adolescent Trauma Counsellor

Michelle commenced at Central West Women’s Health Centre in February 2018. She is a mother of three young children.

Michelle has a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy and a graduate Diploma in Counselling. She is a member of The Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and a Member of Gestalt Australia & New Zealand (GANZ).  A registered practitioner with the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders (CEDD) trained in Suicide Intervention & Prevention (ASSIST), Trauma and Drug & Alcohol in Mental Health.

Michelle is passionate about understanding the impact of traumatic events on a child’s emotional and psychosocial behaviour.  Together Michelle explores the child’s world in a safe and secure environment.  The therapeutic relationship supports the child’s exploration and meaning making of the traumatic event/s.  It is challenging for a child to articulate their feelings and make sense of their behaviour, consequently Michelle’s approach is non directive and uses many mediums other than regular talk therapy such as play, art, sand play and role play.

Michelle’s approach to working with families and carers is relational and person centred.  Working through dilemmas collaboratively with an emphasis on awareness and understanding rather than judgement and diagnosis.  Michelle’s priority when working with all clients is to relieve distress, increase understanding of behaviours, choices and decisions, develop goals for change and improve well-being.



Makiko Nakazawa

Makiko Nakazawa

Counsellor (Child)

Makiko has Bachelor Social Science Major in Counselling. She is a trained Sandplay Therapist, working with children and adults, and a facilitator of Mindfulness exercise group. (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

Makiko has over 25 years of experience working with children as an Early childhood Teacher (trained in Japan). She has successfully combined her knowledge of child development and behaviour with counselling and Sandplay Therapy.
She previously worked at the detention centres on Christmas Island and in Darwin to help young children and parents who experienced extensive trauma.

Makiko believes that children express themselves more fully and more directly through self-initiated, spontaneous play than they do verbally. She believes that the role of the therapist is to provide a safe space where children can express honest feelings.
Her aim as a counsellor is to support clients when they face painful past and help them to see the future, to respect the client’s beliefs and thoughts, and empower clients so that they can make their own decisions

She is a member of Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Professional Counselling Association of the ACT & NSW Inc (PCA), and registered counsellor with The Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).



Ann-Marie Brittain

Ann-Marie Brittain

Health Promotion Worker

Ann-marie joined the team at Central West Women’s Health Centre in July 2015. She  has a Certificate III in Business, and has completed a Diploma and Cert IV in Community Services work.  As part of her training Ann-marie did her TAFE placement at our Centre.

Outside of her work at the Centre Ann-marie is a Crystal Shamanism Practitioner (Level 2), and has Reiki Levels 1, 2 & Master/Teacher Certification.

Ann-marie is passionate about social justice and promoting wellness for women in all aspects of their lives. She is particularly interested in empowering women through the provision and sharing of knowledge and skills.

Maureen Wilson

Maureen Wilson

Domestic Violence Case Worker

Maureen joined the team at the Central West Women’s Health Centre in July 2019. She comes with extensive experience, qualifications and enthusiasm. Maureen’s qualifications are:
• Bachelor Social Science
• Cert IV Mental Health
• Cert IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs
• Cert IV in Corrective Services/Custodial
• Cert IV in Career Development
• Cert IV in Employment Services

Maureen is available on Thursdays however, has been working in collaboration with the Women’s Health Centre for 8yrs since she came to work at Community Corrections in Bathurst. In that role, she is a specialist working with people with Coexisting Disorders. In addition, she worked with women in custody where she helped women transition to living in the community (she saw many women enter the system as broken human beings as a result of trauma and leave as fantastic, confident women ready to take on the world).

Maureen is offering support for women who have lived with or, are living with violence. She will be facilitating workshops on domestic violence with a view to building awareness, confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment.

Maureen has had a varied career path and has many interests. She is also qualified:
• Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist
• Meditation Teacher
• Chair Yoga and Laughing Yoga Instructor

She very much believes in the quote
“you educate a man, you educate a man… you educate a woman, you educate a generation”
Throughout her life, she has lived with feminist principles and is committed to seeing women become empowered and building each other up.

Interests are: Health & Well-Being, Nutrition, Meditation, Alternative Therapies, Human rights, Social Justice, Gendered Politics and Community Spirit.

Megan Jackson

Megan Jackson


Megan began working at the Centre in June 2019, and is enjoying being back in the workforce after taking some years off as a stay-at-home mum. Her work background is in IT and telecommunications, and the very personal connections at the Women’s Health Centre are a welcome change from that.

In her spare time Megan is active in the community in a variety of ways, including as an on-air presenter on radio 2MCE, as part of the Run Director team at Bathurst parkrun, and she also sings in a Bathurst-based choir called Allegri Singers. She runs, plays netball and participates in the odd triathlon.

Faye Starr

Faye Starr

Finance Officer

Faye started at the Centre in May, 2019 as Finance Officer. She has worked for education, hospitality, small and large businesses. She seized the opportunity to work in an environment which supports women and children ‘to be the best they can be’. Faye has an interest in Aromatherapy, Pilates, movies, writing and an open mind as to where her path will lead her.

She has completed the following qualifications:

  • Certificate IV Accounting
  • Certificate IV Pilates Instructor Training
  • Certificate IV Aromatherapy


20 William Street
Bathurst, NSW, 2795

Phone: 02 6331 4133
Fax: 02 6332 4310
Email: information@cwwhc.org.au

Service Excellence

Accredited at Certificate & Award Levels of the Australian Service Excellence Standards


9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
(Closed between 12.30 - 1.30)

Tuesday 9.00 - 5.00 pm                                  (Closed between 12.30 - 3.00pm)

Registered Charity


Bathurst City Life, Bathurst Spring Garden Spectacular (hosted by Bathurst Gardner's Club Inc.), Bowman Dental, ClubGrants (Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst RSL, & Bathurst Panthers), Country Women's Association of NSW (Bathurst branch), Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak, 2bs Gold & B-Rock FM, Western Advocate & Times, Maddocks Foundation.