Quickword from the HARP Team

Quote-There are some things in the world we can’t change – gravity, entropy, the speed of light, and our biological nature that requires clean air, clean water, clean soil, clean energy and biodiversity for our health and wellbeing. Protecting the biosphere should be our highest priority or else we sicken and die. Other things, like capitalism, free enterprise, the economy, currency, the market, are not forces of nature, we invented them. They are not immutable and we can change them. It makes no sense to elevate economics above the biosphere.-David Suzuki

Useful FactCensus for Young People run by triple J, including work & money, AOD use, sex & sexuality, digital life and concerns for the future.

Interesting Website- Women make up more than 2,000 of the almost 30,000 people living with HIV in Australia. While HIV affects everyone differently, women often  face particular challenges.

Campaign- Our United Front, is an ongoing breast screening  campaign for LGBTQ communities. Our United Front aims to include and educate everyone who has breast tissue about the risks of breast cancer.

Key Event- The first ever LGBTI Aged Care Action Plan which is a practical guide on LGBTI inclusion, developed through extensive consultation across the country (including rural and remote) with LGBTI older people and organisations.

Who Are- The Full Stop Foundation? Sexual assault and domestic violence are the most common crimes committed in Australia. Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death,  disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15- 44. One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. 69 women were killed by violence in Australia in 2018.

Out & About- Maddison Stratten from Healthy Cities Illawarra developed and distributed 1000 sexual health & relationships kit for international students during Orientation week at the University of Wollongong. The kits expanded on the design  work of third year graphic design Students from the School of the Arts, English & Media. The kit includes an internal and external condom, a business card for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service and information cards around sexual health, protection, Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs), healthy relationships and consent.

Resource- Your cycle is about more than your period. From periods to poop to sex to stress,  track the things you care about and not the things you don’t.  Get Smart with #TiaTalks.

Diary Dates

July 25th-First Step Program Bus Tour. 10am-2pm. Register here.

August 13th-Sticky Stuff Wollongong 9am-4pm. Register here.

August 22nd –First Step Program Bus Tour 10am-2pm. Register here.

Last word- Grey days give you the blues? Spice up your day with some safe Sexercise!   Having sex is a form of physical activity and is associated with the release of endorphins  which we know improve mood. If the cold weather keeps you indoors, having sex might be  a fun way to keep fit and combat the effect of limited light  and feeling chilly. Remember to use  contraception and “cover your lover” to avoid the bad vibes that can be associated with an unplanned pregnancy or an STI! Call to make a free, confidential appointment at the clinic here.

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