Advocacy Training | Illawarra Interagency

Our April Interagency meeting on Advocacy was popular. Question-time ran out fast, you showed interest in further training and we listened…

BOOK NOW for our annual training event ADVOCACY SKILLS

Thursday 20 June 2019, 9am – 12pm

Shellharbour Civic Centre
76 Cygnet Avenue
Shellharbour City Centre

Underground parking available

We are very excited to have Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) from Sydney to present Advocacy Skills training. PIAC delivers high-quality, tailored, education and training to enable people to participate in decision making within their community.


This workshop provides skills to enable you to advocate effectively with knowledge and confidence. $50 (subsidised).

  • Develop effective advocacy skills, strategies and techniques. 
  • Discover tools to effectively incorporate lobbying and negotiation.
  • Learn to strengthen your bargaining position through thoughtful planning
  • Learn the rights-based approach to advocacy which is to:
    • increase skills and confidence to become a voice for expressing identified community concerns
    • promote an issue, community or group
    • improve service delivery to particular communities or sections of the community
    • contribute to making public policy and reforming laws

Key local advocacy leaders will be invited to act as advisers and mentors on the day.

Great opportunity in the local community sector that is highly subsidised for your affordability. Numbers are strictly limited

Register Now

Please share with your networks it is important that we all learn how to advocate in this political climate

Further information: | (02) 4221 6091

A free, easy and private way to test for HIV

HIV is a treatable condition.  The first step to living a health life with HIV is to get tested. Most people who are living with HIV may not be aware that they have had the condition for many years.  The only way to find out, is by having a test.

Could it be HIV? Have you had sex—anal or vaginal—with an HIV-positive partner; had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test; have you injected drugs and shared needles with others; exchanged sex for drugs or money; been diagnosed with or sought treatment for other sexually transmissible infection(s); been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis(TB)or had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or someone whose sexual history you don’t know?  Are you a man who has had sex with another man? If you are pregnant, then talk to your health care provider about getting tested for HIV and other ways to protect you and your child from getting HIV. Before having sex for the first time with a new partner, you and your partner should talk about your sexual and drug-use history, disclose your HIV status, and consider getting tested for HIV and learning the results.

The Dried Blood Spot (DBS) HIV test is for people who may be at risk of HIV, but who find it difficult to have a HIV test at a health service. DBS HIV testing is for people living in New South Wales (NSW), who are over 16 years old. The DBS HIV test is a free, easy and private way to test for HIV.

How does it work? You order the DBS HIV test online and it arrives by post. To order a kit visit here.The  test works by placing small drops of blood from your finger onto a test card.  You then send the test card back in a reply paid envelope. Your blood will be tested and a nurse will give you your HIV result in about a week. Click here to watch a 6 minute video on how to do the test.

Your Results will usually be ready in a week.  A nurse from Sexual Health Infolink will contact you with your results.  You can choose how you would like to receive your results, either by SMS, email or phone.  If your result shows that you may have HIV infection, the nurse will help you to find a clinic to visit.

How do I know its confidential?  The information collected for the DBS HIV test is protected and confidential. Your information and personal details will only be available to health care workers directly involved in your care.

For more information visit.

Learner Driver Log Book Run

The next free Learner Driver Log Book Run is this Sunday

An opportunity for you and your supervisor to experience a variety of driving conditions to increase safe driver behaviour.

To register online go to

See details below:

Date: Sunday 2 June 2019

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pmpm (Please arrive by 9:45 am to complete official registration)

Location: Lake Illawarra PCYC – Redall Parade, Lake Illawarra

Cost: FREE

Meals: Pizza lunch provided (please advise if you have any special dietary requirements)

Log Book Hours: Learner Drivers must have a minimum of 40 log book hours to participate. Sorry no bonus hours are available for participation in this program.

Bring: Supervisor, Learner, L-plates, Licences, Log Book, Vehicle in safe working order with plenty of fuel

An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours

Final Call For Registrations For The Following NSW Training Workshops

For us to bring this training nationally from Regional Victoria we do need a minimum of registrations for this workshop. Our community partners are committed to hosting this training, especially in regional areas to save travel to major cities. We would greatly appreciate any final registrations for this workshop to be sent immediately please [within the next 5 business days]. This will allow us to make the final decision as to if this workshop will go ahead.

Places are filling fast…

Hi Everyone …J

[the following training workshops are accredited with ACWA [Australian Community Workers Association] for 6 CPE points]

SAFE in Oz will be presenting‘An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours’, a 2 Day Training Workshopin partnership with

The Disability Trust in Bega on

Thursday & Friday 6th & 7th June 2019

Bega Workshop Flyer

Mum’s Cottage in Holmesville on

Thursday & Friday 17th & 18th June 2019

Holmesville Workshop Flyer

St Vincent De Paul – Nagle Centre Care & Support in Campbelltown on

Thursday & Friday 20th & 21st June 2019

Campbelltown Workshop Flyer

Community HUB in Castle Hill on

Monday & Tuesday 24th & 25th June 2019

Castle Hill Workshop Flyer

Women’s Centre for Health & Wellbeing (Albury-Wodonga) Inc in Albury on

Thursday & Friday 27th & 28th June 2019

Albury Workshop Flyer


Monday & Tuesday 8th & 9th July 2019

Weston Workshop Flyer

Homebase Youth Services in Taree on

Thursday & Friday 11th & 12th July 2019

Taree Workshop Flyer

Singleton Neighbourhood house in Singleton on

Monday & Tuesday  15th & 16th July 2019

Singleton Workshop Flyer

TAMS in Tamworth on

Thursday & Friday 18th & 19th July 2019

Tamworth Workshop Flyer

Uralla Neighbourhood Centre in Uralla on

Monday & Tuesday 22nd & 23rd July 2019

Uralla Workshop Flyer

Narrabri & District Community Aid Service Inc. in Narrabri on

Thursday & Friday 25th & 26th July 2019

Narrabri Workshop Flyer

Click link to access the workshop flyer, and an electronic workshop registration form is attached for your convenience …

We would greatly appreciate you forwarding this information throughout your local networks … Thanks J

SAFE in Oz aim to give workshop participants an insight into the headspace of a person who participates in self-destructive behaviour/s in order to better understand their ‘real’ world and life experiences. The training encapsulates their lifespan and is flexible and responsive to the workshop participants.

Day 1 – What is it all about?  – Learning Outcomes

What self-destructive behaviour is or is not, the diverse range of presentations of self-destructive behaviours, the reasons why individuals use these behaviours as a coping mechanism and how it starts, the extraneous variables in peoples’ lives and environments that impact on this behaviour, understand the triggers for the behaviour and why it continues, safer and healthier options and activities that you can share with your clients, self-soothing for clients and self-care for workers and the diverse correlations to the overall lifespan of a person.

Day 2 – Our response to Self-Destructive behaviour/s – Learning Outcomes

Meeting the needs of a client with self-destructive behaviour, understand available treatment environments and associated problems, understand essential components of boundaries and associated problems, addressing support/management plan for clients using this behaviour, meeting the needs and supporting the worker in a complex needs environment, how to respond to the person and not react to the behaviour, and further training available in this field.

Over the two days you will learn how diverse the spectrum of self-destructive behaviour is and how it impacts on a persons’ physical, emotional, spiritual and social being.

Throughout the workshop, SAFE in Oz will encourage participants to employ strength based practice, in collaboration with their clients, as a means to discovering a myriad of healthier and safer alternative behaviours to use in response to their inner trauma.

As this behaviour does not impact solely on the physical aspect of an individual’s life, the workshop also links self-destructive behaviour to its impact on the, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of life and explore the related long term effects.

The workshop will discuss the connection of this behaviour and suicide, BPD [Borderline Personality Disorder], mental illness, sexual assault and domestic violence, offering an insight of the link with adolescence and aged persons.

The presentation mode for the workshop is both interactive and activity based and includes ‘real’ case studies, PowerPoint presentation, and a DVD.

Each workshop participant is provided with a SAFE in Oz presentation folder. The folder includes a workbook for each day which contains a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, activity sheets and additional subject related reference material. The activity sheets include strategies and tools for use with clients, while the reference material acts to enhance understanding, give insight into related topics and support you in your work practice.

All of our trainers have an assortment of qualifications, everyone has their Cert IV in Training & Assessment, they all have multiple qualifications in areas such as social work, AOD, youth, DFV, mental health, frontline management, development educator and community services. They are mature trainers with years of experience under their belts and have all worked with and supported clients who have self-destructive behaviours.

You can access information on our website and links to our Training Calendar, individual workshop information and generic registration form.

There are limited places for the workshops. Cost:  $440pp or Early Bird $400 if registered and paid 30 days prior to workshop commencement. There is also an Early Bird group registration of 5+ staff at $350 each where they are on the same registration form and paid on the same tax invoice 30 days prior to the workshop.