What is the YWCA Australia?


YWCA Encore is a program of YWCA Australia


YWCA Australia is a leading national feminist organisation working towards a future where all women, young women and girls are equal, safe and respected.

YWCA Australia advocates for women leading change, and fights for gender equality and women’s rights. YWCA’s goal is to positively impact the lives of more than 2 million women, young women and girls throughout Australia by the end of 2023.

To find out more about YWCA Australia visit the YWCA Australia website. 

Who can attend YWCA Encore?


YWCA Encore welcomes anyone who has experienced breast cancer at any time of their lives.

Whether your breast cancer surgery and/or treatment is recent or was many years ago, you can still benefit from our YWCA Encore exercise program. Women of all ages and fitness levels take part.

You will need to wait at least eight weeks after surgery before starting the program. If you are between six and eight weeks post-surgery you may be able to participate with approval from your doctor.

It is important to note that all participants require medical approval from either your treating specialist or GP if treatment is completed.


What does it cost?

Nothing. Nada. Zilch!

YWCA Australia is committed to ensuring that all women have equal access to the program, regardless of income. It is provided free of charge to participants.


Is there a program near me?

To find your nearest program please contact 1800 305 150 (FREE CALL for landlines only),or text your name and post code to 0449 904 011 or email us on encore@ywca.org.au  


How is YWCA Encore funded?

YWCA Encore is supported by private donors as well as:

NSW - NSW Health, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

WA – Government of WA Department of Health

QLD, NT, SA & VIC - Commonwealth Government Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant Program


Where is my local YWCA Encore class?

To see if there is a local class near you, please click here.

For more detailed location enquiries call 1800 305 150 (a free call from most fixed lines in Australia), email encore@ywca.org.au or text your name and post code to 0449 904 011.


How many participants in a YWCA Encore session?

There will be between 6 and 14 participants in a session depending on venue capacity restrictions. 


What do I need to take to a YWCA Encore session?

Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes for the land-based exercises. Bring your bathers/swimmers and a towel for the pool-based exercises. It is important to stay hydrated so please bring along a water bottle.


Can I attend YWCA encore if I have lymphoedema?

Yes (with your medical practitioner's consent). 

In fact, it is encouraged. The pool exercises are beneficial for the management of lymphoedema as well as for preventing it.


Do I have to be able to swim? 


All exercises are conducted with feet on the bottom of the pool and head above water. There are two qualified instructors at each session with one in the pool at all times.