Media & resources

Media releases

There are no recent ywca encore media releases.

Media contact

For media inquiries, or to arrange an interview with a ywca encore spokeswoman, please call 1800 305 150 (a free call from most fixed lines in Australia) or email

Common media questions

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Short film

In 2009, YWCA NSW collaborated with two Sydney filmmakers, Bec Lorrimer and Kate Gwynne to produce YWCA Encore: a Journey Forward, a moving short film that charts a woman's emotional journey through breast cancer.

The film tells the story of Carolyn Altman, who said:

"When you are first diagnosed with breast cancer everyone says, "I wish I could understand what you are going through, but I can't." I did this short film in the hope that family and friends of newly diagnosed women will be able to understand. The ywcaencore program helped me so much both in providing a support group of local women and giving me back my physical mobility and strength, that I wanted other women to understand the benefits of this program".

Yoga For Women After Breast Cancer DVD

An integrated yoga practice hs been shown to be beneficial to women who have had treatment for Breast Cancer. This DVD produced by Annete Louden consists of two 1 hour lessons incorporating breathing techniques, postures and relaxation and concludes with a candle meditation. Variations of postures are incldued to cater for women with alltypes of health issues including lymphoedema. 

Cost: $25

To purchase please email your request to 


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.






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