Health Rehabilitation Services

About Us

YWCA Encore is a national program run at over 60 locations. It is the only program of its type in WA to offer both land and water based exercise as well as information sessions.

The YWCA Encore program is managed by a national advisory board.  In line with latest research, the program targets the side effects of surgery and treatment through mobility, stretching, aerobic and resistance exercises.  The program also offers information through guest speakers, links into local services and presents an opportunity to connect with women who share a similar experience in a safe, fun and supportive environment. 

Who is YWCA Encore aimed at?

The program is suitable for women who have had breast cancer surgery at any point in their lives.  To participate they must be at least 8 weeks post-surgery at program commencement and not undergoing radiotherapy during the program.

Participants are required to obtain medical clearance to participate in the program and a form for this is included in the enrolment pack.

How can YWCA Encore help?

Utlising both land and water based exercises, YWCA Encore improves overall fitness, as well as managing the side effects of breast cancer treatment including pain, fatigue, loss of mobility and loss of strength.  The program can be tailored to each individual, accommodating all fitness levels.

The program will:

  • Improve mobility and flexibility in the upper body
  • Improve general fitness, health and wellbeing
  • Boost body image and self-esteem
  • Help to relieve stress and tension
  • Help to restore a sense of control
  • Relieve discomfort associated with surgery and treatment
  • Reduce the potential risk of lymphodema
  • Assist in the management of lymphodema

If you have any questions about the program or require additional brochures, please contact Laura during office hours Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 3.00pm on 9440 3501. Further information is also available at  

Quick Facts About The Region

YWCA Perth is located in the suburb of Osborne Park, the council of Stirling and the federal electorate of Stirling.