Useful links

YWCA websites

YWCA Australia

YWCA of Adelaide

YWCA of Canberra

YWCA Darwin

YWCA Hunter Region


YWCA of Perth

YWCA Queensland

YWCA Victoria

Other breast cancer organisations and services

Dragons Abreast Australia

National Breast Cancer Foundation

National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre

Breast Cancer Network Australia

Cancer Council Australia

Westmead Breast Cancer Institute

McGrath Foundation

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In the past 30 years approximately 10,000 women around Australia have completed the ywca encore program.

History of YWCA Encore


ywca encore was originally developed in the USA in the 1970s by a ballet teacher who had experienced breast cancer and saw the need to help other women with similar experiences to rebuild their physical and emotional strength. The program was set up and expanded through YWCA USA.

ywca encore came to Australia in 1983 and 2013 sees ywca encore celebrate 30 years in Australia. The ywca encore program also operates in New Zealand, Canada and Japan.