What is 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 an Encore program?

Encore welcomes anyone who has experienced breast cancer or preventative surgery 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. A medical approval form is not required if you have previously attended a program, have previously submitted an approval form, and you have not had any additional surgeries or changes in treatment.


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?

Please check out our current list of program locations here.

Programs are constantly in the process of being scheduled. If your desired program location is not listed on our website, please contact us at encore@ywcaencore.org.au or call or text us at 0449 904 011.


How is Encore funded?

The Encore program is supported by ONKAPARINGA CITY SA (Noarlunga Program), MINDA SA (Brighton Program) and other generous donors. Core funding is provided by:

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


How many participants are there in an Encore session?

Depending on venue capacity restrictions, there will be between 6 and 14 participants in each session.


What do I need to take to an Encore program session?

Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes for the land-based exercises. You will also need a swimsuit and/or other suitable clothing (and towel) for the pool exercises. It is important to stay hydrated so please bring along a water bottle.


Can I attend an Encore program if I have Lymphoedema?

Yes, in fact it is encouraged.

The pool exercises are beneficial for the prevention and management of lymphoedema.


Do I have to be able to swim? 


All exercises are conducted with feet on the bottom of the pool and head above water. Each program is led by two Facilitators and one is in the pool at all times.