Nominations for the Caddyshack Awards are now open!

Caddy ShackThe Caddyshack Project delivers an annual awards program to recognise and acknowledge individuals and services

within the Illawarra and Shoalhaven  that are making a significant contribution to the sexual health and well-being of our communities.

The categories are:

Individual Award recognises achievement by an individual working within the Health or Community Services sector in the promotion of sexual health.

Service Award recognises outstanding achievement by a Health or Community Service in promoting sexual health within their service, or broader community.

Project Award recognises an outstanding project designed and implemented by an individual or a service aiming to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals or communities.

Innovators Encouragement Award recognises individuals or services who have developed a new or innovative project or activity to promote sexual health within their service, to clients or the community. In particular the individual or service may be new in the field, or have overcome individual or organisational barriers to progress sexual health.

Nominations close on the 2nd November 2018

2017 winners:

Outstanding achievement – Encouragement Award Winner: Rubi Curran, Sentral Youth Centre, Kiama Municipal Council. The CaddyShack Awards judging panel were impressed by Rubi’s commitment to young women. Rubi works closely with female students from Kiama High School, running a successful young women’s program. Rubi has partnered with HARP to present as part of the program, and is committed to young women receiving information and awareness about sexual health and relationships.

Outstanding achievement – Service Award Winner: South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service has been working in partnership with the Harp Unit and the First Step  Program to establish and maintain a Needle & Syringe service to the Aboriginal and broader community at their service. They have three means of supplying clean injecting equipment to their clients and the community via the in service cupboard, home deliveries and an Automatic Dispensing Machine on the outside of their building. They also have a disposal bin out the front of their building for returns.

Outstanding achievement – Project Award Winner: South Coast Writers Centre (SCWC) is a not-for-profit organisation that offers professional development, networks and resources for writers and readers on the South Coast and Southern Highlands of New South Wales.  The SCWC have been collaborating with the HARP Unit since 2012 to create writing competitions, slam poetry events and various written and expressive workshops around the themes of HIV, sexual health and healthy relationships. While most of the partnership has centred on World AIDS Day, the SCWC have also created standalone projects with HARP and the Illawarra Women’s centre. In 2014 SCWC published ‘Seeking Horizons’ an anthology of short stories and poems by local authors, the book dedicated a chapter of touching and thought provoking writings submitted to an annual World AIDS Day competition. Their project collaboration provides valuable exposure for writers and public alike and a unique way to raise awareness around the topic of HIV. 

Outstanding achievement -Individual Award Winner: Dianne Nyoni first came to HARP’s attention when she spoke at ‘The Talk’ event at the Nan Tien Temple almost 6 years ago.  At that time, just one year in from learning of her HIV-positive status, it was already apparent that Dianne was a passionate advocate for all positive people – and most importantly for HIV positive women, an often forgotten population in the Australian HIV-positive community.  Most striking among Dianne’s many great qualities is her ability to relay her story with dignity and sensitivity and to do so in such a way that it leaves all that hear her moved and compelled to change. Dianne has worked as an advocate for HIV positive women across a range of sector organisations in paid employment and in a voluntary capacity and has always found the time to support the work of HARP. Dianne is a joy to work with and HARP is always proud to present Dianne to our audiences that attend her presentations

The Caddyshack Project is a multi-faceted sexual health program implemented by the HIV and Related Programs Unit (HARP) in partnership

with the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service and Healthy Cities Illawarra. The Project aims to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals

and communities across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).

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