Registrations are now open for the First Step Program Bus Tour, Thursday 19th September 2019 from 10.00am till 2.00pm.
First Step Program continue to improve the way they relate to other services and increase staff knowledge around the issues of Drugs and Alcohol, trusting that the bus tour will address gaps in networking and referrals between services. The tour gives participants an on the ground view of the current situation around drug use and Blood Borne Infection(BBI) transmissions. It provides an opportunity to dispel myths and “get the real story” on such a hidden, sensitive, and not often talked about area.
Meeting at First Step Program, Port Kembla Hospital, Fairfax
Depart for Hill 60, Port
Warilla Community Health
The Wollongong Hospital
Automatic Dispensing Machine
Rawson Street Centre,
Wollongong site visit
Darcy House, Port Kembla site
Darcy House for lunch
$15.00 which goes to Darcy House for providing lunch.
Click here to register or Google ‘Sticky Tickets June FSP Bus Tour ’.
Step Program is a free and confidential blood borne virus prevention service
In the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area.
The service provides clean injecting equipment, free condoms as well as support and referrals in all matters of health and welfare including detox and rehabilitation. First Step Program provide outreach services and education on HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C and waste management of used syringes to individuals and groups.
A collaborative initiative between First Step Program HARP, & Healthy Cities Illawarra
Would you like to achieve a healthy, comfortable weight? Healthy eating and exercise are important but not enough. Come and learn about non-hungry eating and other aspects of weight management. Cost: FREE Thursday 22nd August 10am – 11am Call to register on 4255 6800
COOK CHILL CHAT
Meet new people while learning healthy and budget friendly cooking tips and tricks. Free child minding available (bookings essential) Cost: $4 Starts Tuesday 10th September for 12 weeks 10.00am – 1.00pm Call to register on 4255 6800 Call to book on 4255 6800
TAKING CARE OF ‘DOWN THERE’
Vulvas and vaginas are part of women’s bodies. We will discuss how to keep them healthy and what symptoms to look out for. Cost: FREE Thursday 19th September 10am – 11am Call to register 4255 6800
SELF MASSAGE AND STRETCH CLASS
Learn stretch and self-massage techniques that can improve your flexibility, posture, and circulation, reduce your risk of injury and relieve muscular tension. Cost: FREE Friday 6th September 9.30am – 12.30pm Call to register on 4255 6800
MOTHERS AND SONS PROGRAM
A program supporting mothers to raise respectful, non violent boys. This program is designed specifically for boys aged 6-8 years and provides guidance and support to mothers on how to raise their sons to become respectful men. Cost: FREE Next program starts October 2019 To register your interest please call 4255 6800 or Denika on 0459 028 972
for the 2019 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards (PMCAs) are now
open and close on Friday 6 September 2019. Celebrate the important role
journalists, editors, marketers and publishers play in communicating the
success of our multicultural society by encouraging your friends, colleagues
and peers to nominate.
Awards recognise excellence in both the multicultural media and marketing
industries and showcase the best and brightest multicultural communicators in
The following seven categories are open to Multicultural Media
Best Print Report – Recognising excellence in print journalism.
Best Audio Report – Excellence in audio journalism for radio or digital platforms, including podcasts.
Publication of the year – Outstanding contribution of a multicultural media publication in informing and engaging its audience.
Best Audio/Visual Report – Excellence in broadcast and audio-visual storytelling, including video journalism for TV and digital platforms.
Best use of Digital or Social Media – Outstanding use of digital production and multimedia storytelling, and/or social media.
Young Journalist of the Year – Excellence and commitment to the fundamental principles of journalism (under 30 yrs of age).
Lifetime Achievement Award – The pinnacle of journalistic achievement. (Exceeds 30 years of experience).
The following two categories are open to ALL media:
Public Interest Award – Outstanding public interest journalism upholding the NSW Multicultural Principles.
Alan Knight Student Award – The best piece of student journalism about cultural diversity, and/or multicultural affairs. Entry is open to secondary school, tertiary, TAFE and private college students in NSW.
Campaign of the Year – Business – Recognising internal marketing and creative teams in organisations, including the public service.
Campaign of the Year – Agency – Recognising public relations, advertising, and digital agencies.
Campaign of the Year – Community – Recognising not-for-profits and volunteer-based groups.
Kiama Council on the South Coast of NSW are keen to better understand the lived experience for people with disability and their care partners in our local government area.
To help us, we are seeking people with disability and their care partners to complete this confidential survey to help us better understand what is working well, and what needs to be done better in our community.
People with disability from Culturally and Linguistically
Diverse (CALD) backgrounds are significantly under-represented within the
disability service system and continue to have high needs which are not being
In NSW, 15.3% of people born in non-English speaking
countries report a disability but are three times less likely to use a
Government funded disability service than those born in an English-speaking
Graduates from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) are
even less likely to be employed post study than graduates with disability Only
74.2% of people from NESB have any type of employment at all (full-time,
part-time or casual), so for graduates with disability who are also from a NESB
background the challenges to successfully transitioning to qualification
related employment are significant
Only 53.4% of working age people with disability living in
Australia are actively participating in the workforce, compared to 83.2% of all
working age Australians
Over 4 million Australians (1 in 5 people) have disability
and may need assistance to access and participate in tertiary education and
In 2017, people with disability represented only 8.2% of all
students participating in vocational education and training, and only 6.55% of
all students participating in higher education
Graduates with disability are less likely to be employed
post study than other graduates, with only 61.5% of higher education graduates
with disability employed full-time and only 53.5% of vocational education and
training graduates with disability employed post study
Additionally, for people with disability from a CALD background looking to transition from education to employment, the following factors often contribute to the challenges they face:
Negative employer attitudes
Different cultural understandings of disability
Lack of appropriately skilled employment services for graduates with disability
Different cultural values and beliefs underpinning help-seeking behaviour
Inaccessible and non-inclusive recruitment practices
Lack of cultural competence amongst service providers
The NDCO Program has partnered with Settlement Services International (SSI) to present this webinar which will explore the intersectionality between culture and disability. The seminar will discuss current challenges in service delivery and provide insights to address the gaps experienced by people from a CALD background with disability who are looking for employment post education and training. The seminar will also promote cultural awareness and competency in supporting people with disability from CALD backgrounds to successfully transition from tertiary education to subsequent employment.
Concluding with time for audience questions and answers, this webinar will bring ideas and best practice suggestions to career and equity practitioners, employers and employment services, and disability service providers in Australia.
The webinar is:
Auslan interpreted and live captioned
About the presenters:
Karen Bevan | General Manager – Service Delivery (Community) @Settlement Services International
Karen combines her deep experience in the NGO sector with
qualifications in human rights law and communications to play a key role in
strategy, advocacy and policy. Karen oversees SSI’s employment, disability and
child and family services across NSW.
Kylie van Luyn | Employment Services & Social Enterprise Director @Settlement Services International
Kylie has an extensive history in executive leadership,
working with a wide range of not for profit and NGOs in the employment,
disability and social enterprise sectors. She has deep experience across
employment and disability programs and a strong commitment to equality,
diversity and inclusion and social impact. Kylie’s early career experience has
given her a strong grounding in working in cross cultural environments and
supporting people through their settlement journey, as well as supporting
people with disability and the most disadvantaged in society.
YWAG’s current focus is on strengthening sex education in Australia through their project: Let’s Talk: Young Wom*n’s Views on Sex Education. Let’s Talk captures and amplifies the voices and experiences of young women in relation to sex education in order to improve comprehensive sexuality and respectful relationships education in the national curriculum.
You canfind YWAG’s reports from the 2015 survey here and here.
Let’s Talk 2019: Young
Wom*n’s Views on Sex Education
In July 2019, YWAG has launched a
new wave of the Let’s
Talk survey for young women, including those who identify as
women, cis women, trans women, non-binary and trans-femme identifying young
people aged 16-21.
You can take the Let’s Talk 2019: Young Wom*n’s Views on
Sex Education survey here.
As part of the Let’s Talk 2019
project, there is an opportunity for young women and non-binary young people
aged 18-21, and the organisations that work with them, to run focus groups on
views on sex education. Focus Group Toolkits are available here: YWAG Let’s Talk 2019 – Focus Group Toolkit
YWAG has regular input into ERA’s
advocacy and policy positions, participates in our policy work groups and
develops papers for ERA’s projects. YWAG is an excellent opportunity for young
women to access training and experience in women’s policy and advocacy.