Our History

We’ve been providing services for Western Australian women since 1977.

Over the years, Luma has grown from a small medical and counselling clinic for women in the 70’s, into a holistic, integrated, one-stop shop for all women.

Today, we are a dynamic team of 85 people; therapists, support workers, doctors, nurses, counsellors, corporate officers, receptionists, dietitians, executives, board members, specialists and peer workers.

Together, we work towards the same vision every day of creating a better future for women and families in Western Australia.

Two of Luma's staff members chat in an office while holding cups of tea

Our History

  • 1977
    Women’s Health Care House officially opens in Glendower Street, Highgate, offering medical and counselling services for women.
  • 1988
    We began offering English classes for migrant women.
  • 1989
    Whitfords Women’s Health Centre opens.
  • 1991
    We launched support groups for women experiencing domestic violence.
  • 1992
    Perth Women’s Centre opens on Aberdeen Street.
  • 1994
    Counselling for women experiencing health professional abuse commences.
  • 1996
    Award winning Mental Health Community Outreach Project, now known as ‘Be Well’, commences.
  • 1998
    Women’s Healthworks opens in Joondalup.
  • 2001
    We created an award-winning program for multicultural women experiencing domestic violence: Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Service (MWAS).
  • 2005
    Women’s Healthcare House and Perth Women’s Centre merge under the name Women’s Health Services.
  • 2006
    Physical activity program was launched, including exercise classes for migrant women.
  • 2007
    Volunteer program commences.
  • 2008
    Building commences on purpose-built service in Newcastle Street.
  • 2009
    Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Services is now in six different locations – Perth, Northbridge, Mirrabooka, Gosnells, Fremantle, Mandurah.
  • 2010
    Women’s Health Services becomes Women’s Health & Family Services.
  • 2012
    Rural in Reach program commences, the first of its kind in Western Australia, delivering services to regional community centres.
  • 2014
    Joondalup Healthworks merges with Women’s Health and Family Services.
  • 2016
    We started offering gender-specific training and education.
  • 2017
    Workplace Wellbeing Survey developed to help workplaces access psychological risk factors within the workplace.
  • 2018
    We renovated our Children’s Therapy Room.
  • 2019
    We established a Health Justice Partnership with Women’s Legal Service.
  • 2020
    We renovated the reception and waiting room at HQ in Northbridge.
  • 2021
    We become fully accredited to the National Standards for Safety and Quality in Healthcare and National Mental Health Standards.
  • 2021
    Active Recovery Team commences as public private partnership with North Metropolitan Health Services.
  • 2021
    Nurturing Families program receives award for WANDA ‘Translating Research into Practice for Improved AOD Outcomes’
  • 2022
    Digital transformation project is complete, with all systems now being cloud-based.
  • 2023
    Our eating disorder services expanded, now catering to youth and all genders.
  • 2023
    Rebrand project: Womens Health & Family Services becomes Luma.