Employment and Training

St Vincent de Paul Society

Job No: VIN2457

Closing Date: 3 Aug 2021 AEST

  • Maximum term contract until 30 June 2024
  • Full-time 38 hours per week
  • Based in Campbelltown, involves travel to areas within the the South West Sydney region to meet client needs
  • A current, unencumbered NSW Driver Licence
  • SCHCADS Award, Level 5, hourly rates range from $42.94 to $44.90 depending on qualifications and experience

What we do

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services and has been assisting people experiencing disadvantage in NSW for more than 130 years. Our people reach out to the most vulnerable in our community through our Conferences, Special Works and Vinnies shops. The Society’s mission is to shape a more just and compassionate society by offering a ‘hand up’ approach to people in need respecting their dignity, sharing our hope and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.

The Role

The Care Coordinator will deliver the services in accordance with the CCCP. Your knowledge and skills in the AOD sector will be key to being able to effectively provide tailored care support to individuals experiencing drug and alcohol issues.

The Care Coordinator will:

  • undertake person centred comprehensive assessment and care planning in conjunction with persons seeking support
  • work in partnerships with referring staff and agencies
  • develop, promote and implement referral pathways and facilitate access to range of community-based health and non-health service providers.
  • ensure treatments are targeted and culturally appropriate for Indigenous Australians including linkages to appropriate services.
  • maintain accurate client records, case notes and other data as directed and required.
  • provide direct support and referral in the particular focus areas of employment, training/education, daily living skills, homelessness/housing, social engagement and participation and family and community reconnection.
  • This role will report to the Team Leader, CCCP South Western and South Eastern NSW.

More information here


From 1 July 2021, GambleAware is the new gambling support and treatment service in NSW. Like Gambling Help, GambleAware will provide support groups and counselling for individuals and their families and much more.

Need to refer a client to GambleAware?

Contact GambleAware Illawarra and Southern NSW on

(02) 4267 6600 or email  GambleAware@missionaustralia.com.au

Later this year, you will be able to refer or book appointments for your clients through the digital platform at gambleaware.nsw.gov.au.

Alternatively, for other regions call GambleAware on 1800 858 858.

GambleAware is funded through the NSW Government’s Office of Responsible Gambling. GambleAware’s purpose is to work towards zero gambling-related harm in NSW through research, education and support for individuals and communities.

If you have a moment please watch this short (1 minute) video.

Sam 1 Have you felt pressured to gamble? – YouTube

Protecting Mental Health by Tackling Tobacco

Online seminar – Wednesday 21 July

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Health Promotion Service invites local community service organisations to join the fourth online seminar in our Protecting Mental Health mini-series.

Please forward through your networks.

REGISTER HERE: https://tobacco.eventbrite.com.au


Your Radio Reading Service

Sydney: 1224 AM & 100.5 FM; Newcastle & the lower Hunter: 100.5FM 2RPH Digital

Expansion of 2RPH to Wollongong


2RPH is a special purpose community radio station which provides a radio reading service for people who cannot access published material, read independently, handle or understand printed material. Our audience also includes listeners who for many other reasons find it difficult to access or interpret text-based journalism and information.

We broadcast across the Sydney basin and the broader Newcastle/Lower Hunter region on both the AM (1224AM) and FM (100.5FM) frequencies, and in Sydney on 2RPH Digital, and increasingly via streaming and on-demand.  Our service features readings from the top daily Australian newspapers, domestic magazines, and books as well as international publications.  

This service is delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to over 100,000 weekly listeners by around 200 volunteers who present 100 programs to an audience of over 100,000 weekly listeners (40% people with disability; 60% people without disability).

2RPH is part of a network of RPH stations, of which there are a total of seven stations: Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, and Darwin.

Our listeners

Our listeners include people with low vision or people who often can’t hold a newspaper, magazine or book because of physical disabilities caused by conditions such as strokes, arthritis, or cerebral palsy, etc. The service provides highly valued access to published material from the daily newspapers, national and international magazines, and book readings.

Additionally, people listen to 2RPH while they are driving, or working at home or at business, simply because they enjoy the programming. Some hospitals and nursing homes broadcast 2RPH through their ‘in-house’ systems.

The service:

  1. Provides informative, enabling and entertaining content and information on issues and events of interest to a diversified audience.
  2. Has a significant footprint across NSW through broadcast and other distribution arrangements.
  3. Strengthens our position as a respected, niche station in the media through strategic partnerships.

Why are we wanting to expand to Wollongong?

Wollongong is a major city within NSW and has long been part of the 2RPH ambition, which until now has been thwarted by a lack of resources.  We are now in a position to realise this ambition but which to do so with a considered, collaborative approach.   

The value of the service to Wollongong listeners:

2RPH contributes to the cohesion of the community and an individual’s wellbeing by:

  • Empowering listeners: providing information that assists those with a disability; those managing their mental health or who are older and unable to access appropriate support and services;
  • Informing the public: helping drive an understanding of the issues facing our community of interest and the challenges of living with disability, mental illness, or ageing;
  • Utilizing the service to support relevant strategies such as Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021–2031.
  • Reducing isolation: via our broadcasting capability helping more Australians increase their participation in the community by becoming aware of events, information and opportunities, and in so doing reduce a sense of isolation;
  • Enriching our listeners well-being and engagement: by presenting engaging and entertaining programs to help develop an understanding of their place in the community and to help foster participation in public discourse.

Potential Involvement and contribution by local organisations and services

In developing local programs 2RPH seeks partnerships and collaboration with other relevant organisations to facilitate a sense of belonging: by informing and connecting with those who are part of, or care for, a member of its community of interest.

Longer term outcomes may include:

  • the development of technical and presentation skills as a pathway to employment
  • ILC grant opportunities.

Initial collaboration may include:

  • The establishment of a reference group from the region
  • Collaborated programming
  • The use of an audio booth to enable material to be produced locally
  • Content produced locally either for broadcast, podcast or on demand
  • Local voices presenting the live to-air-shift
  • Local stories being told with the potential to be broadcast across our network.


We are on schedule to transmit from Brokers Nose on 93.3FM from October 2021, via with a soft launch followed by a public launch prior to Christmas.

As part of our practice of including local papers in our schedule we will read selected articles from the Illawarra Mercury. It is intended the initial program will be read from 1300 to 1400, Mon-Friday.


UnLEASH Study Understanding Lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s Experiences of Alcohol, Substance Use and Health

Understanding Lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s Experiences of Alcohol, Substance Use and Health (UnLEASH) will examine lesbian, bisexual, queer and other non-heterosexual (trans and cis) women’s patterns of substance use and related health effects. UnLEASH will also test the feasibility of using the internet to recruit and survey a longitudinal online cohort of LBQ women. UnLEASH is the first longitudinal study to recruit LBQ women online to look at health and wellbeing and the relationship with smoking, drinking and using drugs in Australia.

We have a gorgeous study website https://www.unleashstudy.org.au/ and we are all over the socials! Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Unleash-Study-108975481302654 , Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unleashstudy/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/UnLEASHstudy?s=20 . If you manage any social media accounts, we’d be grateful if you could like and follow us.

Recruitment is now open and we are hoping to promote the study through LGBTIQ+ Health’s networks. I am attaching a document with the study logo, a draft email/newsletter content for participants, suggested social media content and a basic easy to print poster. I’m also sending a few social media tiles (we have more images). Please share the study through your networks. Let us know if you require alternative/additional content for any of your communications channels, please contact the study team via unleashstudy@unsw.edu.au.

Participants will be able to share their experiences via the confidential UnLEASH survey and enter a prize draw to win one of 10 $50 GiftPay vouchers.

You can contact the research team via unleashstudy@unsw.edu.au.

Get Your Kit Together

It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness month and I’m pleased to share with you all that our LGBTQ bowel cancer screening campaign, Get Your Kit Together, is now live! This project is funded by a three-year partnership with Cancer Institute NSW and Get Your Kit Together is the first of several cancer screening and prevention campaigns.

You can follow our Get Your Kit Together social media campaign across ACON social media platforms including our new Can We Facebook and Instagram @canwe.org.au

Our Can We cancer screening and prevention website has also launched: https://canwe.org.au/

You can watch the (very camp and Lycra-clad) bowel screening campaign video on the website homepage. You can read the ACON media release HERE.

Overseas Student Health Cover – International Student Health Hub

The International Student Health Hub includes questions you may have on Overseas Student Health Cover linking to accurate & reliable websites.

Find out more about Overseas Student Health Cover information while studying in Australia.


Please share this months featured page to your network.

Want to know more about the Hub? Email us:

Maddison.Stratten@health.nsw.gov.au & Anju.Devkota@health.nsw.gov.au

On behalf of the Hub Advisory Group:

  • Belinda Meggitt
  • Helen Rogers
  • Limin Mao
  • Jennifer Farinella
  • Marty Janssen

Employment and Training

Computerised Bookkeeping using MYOB (Short Course)

27 July Start

This introductory skillset is for people who wish to understand and use commercial accounting tools and packages to support the financial area within a small office environment.

This skillset provides an excellent pathway to the Certificate III in Accounts Administration. Course runs 1 session per week.

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a statement of attainment from Certificate III in Accounts Administration FNS30317 in the following units:

  • ICTICT208 Operate accounting applications
  • BSBFIA302 Process payroll

Students will have access to great support and the opportunity to undertake work placement.

Subsidies & Fee-Free Scholarships are available for eligible students*


Microsoft Office – At Your Level (Short Course)

Certificate III in Accounts Administration FNS30317

*Subsidies and fee free scholarships are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements. The training is subsidised by the NSW Government. If you would like more information on Smart and Skilled please refer to our website or phone the Community College on 02 4232 1050.

Wollongong Flexi Learning Centre (FLC)

Wollongong Flexi Learning Centre (FLC) in Towradgi, is a co-educational secondary school, registered with NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) to provide courses to young people from Year 7-10. Our school has a strong focus on providing individualised programs of study that respond to the unique talents and needs of each young person. This includes having youth worker support in each class. We work with young people who are vulnerable and experience a complexity of interrelated needs.

Participation and retention are key elements in the philosophy of Wollongong. We offer a free inclusive and non-discriminating learning community to young people, who for a variety of reasons, are disenfranchised from mainstream education. We understand that young people often first and foremost need to learn how to be and how to be with other people.

Young people are enrolled from both genders, from a variety of language, cultural and religious backgrounds, with particular sensitivity to Indigenous culture, and from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage.

We offer daily bus runs to collect young people from the neighbouring Shellharbour LGA, and Albion Park, about 20km south of the campus. We also provide free meals (three times a day), and can assist with clothing, opal cards, trade certs, work experience, and employment/further training pathways.

We provide a holistic learning experience that addresses the social needs of young people, and promotes their emotional, cognitive, spiritual and academic development. Learning programs are developed with the intention to:

• Empower young people to take personal responsibility for their learning

• Support young people to become independent learners

• Address deficits or gaps in literacy and numeracy

• Develop in young people the skills of twenty first century learners including collaboration, innovation and knowledge creation

• Recognise and celebrate the skills and knowledge of young people,

• Enable young people to experience challenges within a safe and supportive learning environment

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact our Head of Campus, Atesh Maharaj on Ph: 02 4201 1900 / 0407 381 345 or Email: atesh.maharaj@ereafsn.edu.au

Funding and Resources

Calderwood Valley Seedling Fund

Now open for grant applications.

Applications for this round opened on 1 June, with a total $15k of funding up for grabs for eligible clubs, groups and organisations.

The application period closes on 31 August 2021.

For those who are not aware, the Seedling Fund is a grant fund where 10 cents from every dollar spent at the Bean Roasted @ Sprout Hub café at Calderwood Valley is reinvested into the community fund.

The Seedling Fund grant program supports local clubs, groups and initiatives.  It aims to promote and enable local not-for-profit groups to do great things in the community.

Small grants are provided to grassroots initiatives and groups for projects that will benefit residents in Calderwood Valley in some way.  In a process similar to crowd funding, locals get to vote for a project, and then the Seedling Fund money is divided between three finalists depending on their percentage of the votes.

Health and Wellbeing

HealthPathways Webinar

11th August 2021

Registrations are now open for the free HealthPathways webinar on Wednesday 11th August at 10am for 90 minutes.

Join Steve Gibbeson, Program Manager for HealthPathways in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District to look at how to best utilize HealthPathways for your clients. HealthPathways offers agreed information to make the right decisions, together with clients, at the point of care. Steve will give a live run through of the following pathways:

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People
  • Culturally & Linguistically Diverse People
  • Sexuality & Gender Diverse People
  • People with a Disability
Steve Gibbeson

HealthPathways content is developed collaboratively by general practitioners, hospital clinicians, and a wide range of other health professionals. Each pathway is evidence-informed, but also reflects local reality and patient choice. HealthPathways is designed and written for use during a face to face session. Each pathway provides clear and concise guidance for assessing and managing a client or patient with a particular symptom or condition. Pathways also include information about making requests to services in the local health system.

Register here or cut and paste the URL https://www.stickytickets.com.au/FMJLA


Imagining our future in 2031

Please join us for this on-line optimistic event!

In the lead-up to the national Women’s Safety Summit, we’re inviting you to explore with us where we want Australia to be in 10 years.

Imagining we are already in 2031 and asking ourselves; How did we successfully respond to the trauma suffered by the survivors of family, domestic, and sexual violence?  Join us for this unusual online futuring event as we aim to create a safer, healthier 2031 for women and children. 

Co-designed and presented by Illawarra Women’s Health Centre, Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, University of Sydney, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Australia with keynote presentations from Ash Johnstone, Dr Karen Williams, Lula Dembele, and Sally Stevenson AM. 

Open to everyone and hosted by Sydney University’s Dr Clare Cooper, we will imagining….:     

  • How we respond to the impacton the health of survivors of family, domestic, and sexual violencein 2031?    
  • What does thelivedexperience of recovery look like in 2031?
  • What doesthe family, domestic, and sexual violencepolicy, planningand funding environmentlook like in 2031?  

WHEN: Wednesday 21st July 2021, 6:00-7:00pm

HOW: Click on the button below (Zoom links will be sent to you one week before the event.)

Sexual Health

Voice your Contraception Experiences -online survey

If you are 18y+, and use/ have used contraception, we’d like to hear about your experiences, influences on, and satisfaction with contraception, including any hormonal or non-hormonal method.

We are interested in surveying all women, from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and ages. The survey will be conducted in English by Western Sydney University.

To take part in the confidential online survey please click on the following link:


A short introduction to Fertility Awareness Methods.

*Resting body temperature     

*Cervical mucus method      *

Calendar based method      

*Withdrawal method

FAMS part 11.30 minutes              

FAMS part 2 2.00 minutes

Consent Labs Lunchtime Webinar

Monday 26th July – 12noon for one hour

Registrations Now Open

Registrations are now open for Consent Labs Lunchtime Webinar on Monday 26th July at Noon for 60 minutes.

Consent Labs is a youth-run organisation that delivers engaging workshops on sexual consent to young people in high schools and universities. This need arose from the team’s own lived experiences navigating relationships, dating and sex and realising the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault, and the need for more robust consent education. In this webinar they will discuss their work, the barriers and challenges to delivering consent education, and the key takeaways they’ve learnt about how young people want to talk and learn about consent!

Register here

Or cut and paste the URL if that’s easier for you:  https://www.stickytickets.com.au/DZMZ4

Text to enter & win the Indigenous Surfboard Competition!

Due to many NAIDOC events unfortunately being called off this year, we are kicking off the Indigenous surfboard tour online.

This year’s artwork was provided by Lauren Henry. You can check out more of her stunning work over here.

If you would like to enter the competition to win the surfboard text ‘Share Affection Not Infection’ and your postcode to us on 0434 568 233. You will get a reply confirmation text. The winner will be drawn 1st December to acknowledge World AIDS Day.

Want to see the surfboard up close? Check out our Facebook page for where it’s being hosted, or see the full tour list below.

See previous surfboard tours here.

  • 19th July-2nd Aug- Youth Crossroads Health Centre, Nowra
  • 2nd Aug-16th Aug- Illawarra Koori Men’s Support Group, Albion Park
  • 16th Aug-30th Aug- Warrawong High School
    30th Aug-13th Sept- Krema and Co Café- Dapto
  • 13th Sept-27th Sept- DCJ service centre, Coniston
  • 27th Sept-11th Oct-headspace Wollongong
  • 11th Oct-25th Oct- Wollongong Youth Centre
  • 25th Oct-8th Nov- Coordinaire Innovation Campus
  • 8th Nov-22nd Nov- Wollongong City Council library

For Competition Terms & Conditions please email Jennifer.Farinella@health.nsw.gov.au


Caddyshack Project webinars

You can now register for our free webinars on the Caddyshack Project website!


Relationships & Sexual Health in Australia

What Every International Student Needs To Know-Free Webinar Thursday 22nd July @3pm for one hour.

The International Student Health Hub is your one stop shop for reliable information and website referral links on safer sex, STIs, HIV, contraception, pregnancy, the Australian healthcare system, overseas student health cover, confidentiality and more!

Registrations are live for the free webinar!

Join Insider Guides on Thurs 22nd July 3pm and hear from special guests such as Play Safe NSW Nurse Nettie answering frequently asked questions and international students panellists sharing their experience.

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Illawarra Women Health Centre

Please remember, we remain open during lockdown.

We are an essential service and it is 100% legal to come to the Centre if you are experiencing violence or abuse, are in any sort of crisis including homelessness, need mental health support or urgent sexual or reproductive support.

If you have an appointment this coming week, we will be contacting you to see if you’d prefer a telephone or Telehealth consultation.

All group activities are cancelled until further notice.

Please call us if you need us, or would like clarification about the operations of the Centre ph 4255 6800.