The Butler advocate, who developed a local women’s health centre in the ’80s, will be inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame for Sunday’s International Women’s Day.
Ms Terry was a board member of Joondalup’s Women’s Healthworks (WHW) until July last year, having served as chairwoman for many years as well as president for Family Planning WA.
She has worked tirelessly on issues affecting the organisation and women’s health sector, and lobbied governments on funding and policy development, and issues of choice and access.
‘Over the years I’ve always been involved with something to do with improving women’s lives, hoping that they can reach their full potential,’ she said.
‘I’m retired now but I’m on a national board to do with women’s health. I like to feel like I can give something back to the community, I don’t just want to sit at home and do nothing.’
She said she was not only committed to improving physical health, but also women’s mental health and wellbeing.
‘Just recently we’ve heard a lot about domestic violence. The fact that one in three women are subjected to it gives you an indication of what many women’s mental health must be like because of the stress placed on them in those sorts of environments,’ she said.
She said the growth of need in the northern corridor had far outstripped the amount of services available.
‘It’s one of the things that causes me a great deal of stress, knowing that there is so much unmet need out there and that it is so hard to get services put in place for women,’ she said.
She said with the growing number of young families, migrant families and FIFO workers living in Butler, it was critical services extended to cover the suburb.
‘It’s becoming a crisis point up here now,’ she said.
‘We know a lot of women turn to drugs and alcohol because of the stress they’re under. If there were more support services for them, more places where they knew they could go to get support or just be with other women, I think that would make a big difference to their lives.
‘We do have the women’s health service in Joondalup but of course it’s not that easy for women to travel into Joondalup, especially if they’ve got small children, so to have something local where they could just nip out, even if it’s for an hour or so that would help break down some of that isolation that they experience.’