Who can attend?

Any woman who has had breast cancer treatment at any stage of her life.

ywca encore welcomes anyone who has experienced breast cancer.

Whether your breast cancer treatment is recent or was many years ago, you can still join and benefit from our ywca encore program. Women of all ages take part.

You will need to wait at least eight weeks after surgery before starting the ywca encore program.

You will also need to have approval from your medical practitioner (GP, oncologist or surgeon).


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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.