Queensland Women's Week Banner
Queensland Women's Week 2018
  • Last updated:
  • 21 Feb 2018

Queensland Women's Week 2018 recognises and celebrates the achievements of Queensland's women and girls.

Everyone has a role to play in creating a Queensland community that respects women, embraces gender equality, and promotes and protects the rights, interests and wellbeing of women and girls.

This year Queensland Women's Week celebrations will be held from 3 to 11 March with the theme 'Celebrate wellbeing. Everybody wins'.

The theme aims to encourage women and girls to celebrate their wellbeing which benefits not only individual women and girls, but the whole community.

Sunshine Coast Council also values the health and wellbeing of women and girls in our community. The current Get Out Get Active program is aimed at women and girls and encouraging them to participate in physical activity to feel the amazing health and social benefits of exercise.

Join in one of the fantastic opportunities within the week that celebrate being a woman or girl in Queensland.

Sunshine Coast Council was awarded $2,500 by the Queensland Government and YWCA Queensland to support activities within Queensland Women's Week 2018.


Nicole Gibson is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur and a fierce ambassador for mental health, innovation and connection. After recovering from her own terrifying lived experience with Anorexia Nervosa and anxiety disorders through her teenage years, Nicole has had a long journey to recovery to be inspired to make a difference in our world.

At 18 years old Nicole established a not-for-profit community organisation which grew to be sustainable, while completing two national speaking tours. Nicole was a finalist for the Young Australian of the Year at 20 years old, and listed as one of Australia’s top 100 most influential women at 21, shortly after taking out the Pride of Australia Medal. She made the front cover of The Financial Review, the Yellow Pages and featured in a documentary aired on prime-time national television.

Nicole is currently the Chief Executive Officer The Rogue & Rouge Foundation and recently completed three terms as the youngest Commonwealth Commissioner for Mental Health.

This is your chance to connect with Nicole before she leaves to do her first TED talk in London and gain insight into what makes us tick, explore ways to transform ourselves and learn the importance of love and acceptance.

Event Date  Time Location Booking
Thursday 1 March 2018   3.30 - 4.30 pm  Sunshine Coast Stadium, 31 Sportsman Pde, Bokarina  Bookings are essential 


Embrace follows body image activist Taryn Brumfitt's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies. 

After posting an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet back in 2013 a media frenzy was sparked. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people world-wide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles. Taryn soon realised how restrictive four minute television interviews, 800 word articles and only 140 characters on Twitter can be. The issue needed a louder voice on a bigger platform, so the idea of creating the documentary Embrace was born.

Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions.

After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production and post production Taryn and the Embrace team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging – but above all life changing.

Embrace had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, where it made it into the festival directors’ top 5 picks and was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Documentary. 

The movie length is 90 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. The Lake Kawana kiosk will be open for the purchase of snacks prior to the screening.

Event Date  Time Location Online Booking
Wednesday 7 March 2018  4 - 6 pm  Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina  Bookings are essential  


Be the best you and eat for better health and wellbeing

Be empowered to take your health into your own hands. Join Emily Holmes from Conscious Foodie as she discusses ways to improve your digestive and immune systems through healthy eating habits.
Learn how to create the perfect plate every mealtime with smart planning and preparation tips. Bust common dieting myths and find out how to decipher food labels. Find ways to become a successful ‘swapper’ and discover tasty snacks to help achieve a healthier lifestyle in the long run.

Event Date  Event Location Time Booking
Thursday 8 March 2018 Caloundra Library, 8 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra 5 - 6.30 pm Online booking
Saturday 10 March 2018 Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree  9 - 10.30 am Online booking


Off the back of a super successful first season the Sunshine Coast Lightning are a force to be reckoned with. The Lightning team members are such wonderful role models for women and girls in our local community. Come along to a question and answer panel session with Caitlin Bassett and Kelsey Browne and find out how they are motivated, empower others and remain healthy and active in both body and mind.

Event Date  Time Location Online Booking
Thursday 8 March 2018 5 - 6 pm Maroochydore RSL, Level 1, Memorial Ave, Maroochydore  Bookings essential


Connect with Council