Sexual Health

Indigenous Surfboard Competition 2022

Zach Bennet Brook from Saltwater Dreamtime is an Indigenous man of Torres Strait Islander heritage & an award winning artist. Born & growing up in Dharawal Country,  Zach has always been surrounded by the water and involved in water-based activities. 

You can check out more of his fantastic work here.

If you would like to enter the competition to win this surfboard text ‘Share Affection Not Infection’ and your postcode to us on 0434 568 233.

You will get a reply confirmation text. Enter as many times as you like.

The winner will be drawn 1st December to acknowledge World AIDS Day.

See previous years surfboard tours here & T&Cs

From Zach:

Design wise I decided to paint a style I call Travelling. The artwork features a number of circular sections which in my work represent groups of people and family. I have connected each of these groups together through thick lines highlighting the travelling aspect and how we are all connected.

With this year’s NAIDOC Week theme being Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up, I thought the artwork I painted plays nicely to this as it highlights the importance of working together and shows unity. Colour wise I decided to go with a super bright and vibrant background in Pinks, Purple and Yellow with a bold Black and White line work design over the coloured background.


Disability

Kiama Disability Inclusion Action Plan Consultation

Kiama Council residents living with disability, along with their support workers and carers, are encouraged to make their voice heard on Council’s services, programs and amenities.

Council will be holding community consultations via a survey and focus groups, to develop a local Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) in alignment with the requirements of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014). 

The new DIAP will cover the period from July 2022 to June 2026.

Our DIAP will provide long-term planning and strategic thinking to help improve access and inclusion across all aspects of our area’s programs, services and infrastructure.

Information about our current DIAP, including Annual Reports on achievements, is available here.

DIAP community consultation sessions

As part of the development of Kiama Council’s next Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), we are inviting residents, workers and students to provide feedback and comment on the accessibility of the Kiama Council area through community consultation sessions.

Tell us your ideas and have your say on a key strategy, helping to make our area more accessible for everyone.

We have scheduled four community consultation sessions. Registration is essential.

To register, please click on the date for the session you wish to attend below and fill out your details. 

  • Thu 16 Jun (10am–12noon): Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, Kiama
  • Fri 17 Jun (10am–12noon): Via zoom, register for link
  • Wed 22 Jun (5.30pm–7.30pm): Via zoom, register for link

DIAP online survey

You can also have your say on the DIAP via our online survey. The survey takes less than 20 minutes and we’re offering a $100 gift voucher for one lucky survey respondent (to be chosen via a draw) as encouragement to complete the whole survey.

The survey seeks to identify the effectiveness of our current access and inclusion practices, potential areas for improvement and opportunities for new services for people with disability.

Take the survey


Sexual Health

HIV Testing

When HIV is diagnosed early, effective treatments mean that it is possible to live a long and healthy life with HIV.

We encourage everyone who may have been at risk of HIV to ask their health professional for a HIV test.

For a free, easy, private and accurate way to test, order the NSW Health HIV test online.

The test is delivered in the mail and results are sent by text, email or over the phone.



International Student Hub

The International Student Health Hub features ACON on the Safe Sex & Sexual Health page with:

LGBTQI+ Health, Sexual Health & HIV Support

ACON are here for community health, inclusion & HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders.


Safety

Domestic and Family Violence Refuge Funding

The Department of Communities & Justice (DCJ) will be hosting a series of Regional Stakeholder Engagement sessions for the Core and Cluster Project.

The Core and Cluster project responds to the NSW Government announcement of $426.6 million over four years to deliver and operate new refuges to support women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

The Regional Stakeholder Engagement sessions will be held online at the following times:

  • South (Illawarra Shoalhaven District) – 14 June, 10:00am-11:30am
  • West (Murrumbidgee/Far West/Western NSW Districts) – 14 June, 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Sydney (Metropolitan Districts) – 15 June, 10:00am-12pm
  • North (Hunter & Central Coast; Northern NSW; Mid North Coast & New England Districts) – 16 June, 10:00am-12pm.

Expressions of interest to participate in a session to be submitted via email to SHSProgram@facs.nsw.gov.au noting the session of interest.


Funding and Resources

IMB Bank Community Foundation 2022 – Taking Applications

The IMB Bank Community Foundation is currently offering grant funding to community groups and charities – big and small – with applications open until 30th June 2022.

Since 1999, IMB Bank’s Community Foundation has allocated $11 million in funding to a diverse range of community groups including school, sporting, charity and volunteer organisations, with an overarching goal of improving outcomes for our local communities and the people living in them.

Grants have previously been allocated as seed funding to get a great idea off the ground, or as the means to expand an existing community project.

Community groups should visit https://www.imb.com.au/community to apply.

More about the IMB Bank Community Foundation can be found here.


Invitation to join Community Voice Network

My name is Jess Eggins, I am the Project Officer for the disability sector in the Community and Industry Engagement team from the NSW government.

I work in the Better Regulation Division (BRD) where we work across the regulatory bodies – including NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW. Our focus is to reduce community harms for the consumer, and in the workplace.

I am writing to invite you to be part of the Community Voice network (CV-net). The aim is to reduce community harms, particularly those that are prominent in our most vulnerable communities, including people from multicultural backgrounds, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.

This is beneficial so BRD can hear of the issues occurring from the community directly and we would also like to offer to be the local issues or escalation point to connect with the regulators if needed.

Through the CV-net we want to work with you to identify existing and emerging harms and develop workable solutions. Together we will broaden the reach of BRD harm minimisation programs and campaigns to educate and protect communities. The network will improve pathways for community feedback, and participation in the regulatory process.  

Network membership for community groups and intermediaries is offered at two levels: 

  • Informed Members are kept informed with news and information from across the three regulators that may be relevant for their communities or sector.  

 Members are encouraged to take part in polls, surveys, submissions etc, and to inform BRD of any risks or harms emerging in their sector.

  • Involved Members take a more active role, including contributing to the  development of content and the delivery of harm minimisation initiatives 

 To take part in this initiative please refer to the Terms of Reference and Fact Sheet attached.

The sign up process takes about 5 minutes of your time, there is no cost involved and you can find the membership form here.

Please feel free to share the information within your network and other organisations you think would find the Community Voice Network beneficial especially organisations working with our multicultural communities, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.   

I can be contacted on (02) 9566 8665, return email or at jessica.eggins@customerservice.nsw.gov.au


Employment and Training

Kiama Council – Youth Worker

In the role of Youth Worker (Casual Pool) you will assist with the co-ordination and delivery of activities, programs and administration of SENTRAL Youth Services. You will supervise the SENTRAL drop-in program and provide young people with referral to services and supports relevant to their individual situations.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Certificate IV or higher qualification in Youth Work
  • Experience working as a Youth Worker or working in a related welfare/educational discipline
  • Experience in working independently and unsupervised or as part of a team as required
  • Knowledge of youth culture and social justice issues
  • A commitment to child-safe practice
  • The ability to address youth issues and provide up to date and appropriate support and referral options
  • The ability to communicate effectively with young people and individuals from a variety of backgrounds including management and corporate organisations
  • The ability to supervise volunteers
  • The ability to respond calmly and safely in challenging situations.
  • The ability and willingness to work at short notice, after hours and/or weekends.

About you:

You will bring a passion for empowering young people, a sense of fun and a commitment to the safety of children and young people to this dynamic and fulfilling role.

 We offer:

  • Casual role up to 35 hours per week (usually 5 – 15 hours)
  • There are 2 positions on offer to be included in our casual pool
  • Salary from $37.84 to $40.58 per hour (depending on qualifications, skills and experience) – These rates are inclusive of 25% casual loading.
  • plus 10% superannuation.