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.

ADVOCACY SKILLS WORKSHOP

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.

DON’T MISS THIS..
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: www.illawarrainteragency.com illawarrainteragency@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au | (02) 4221 6091

Red Ribbon Surfboard

After a popular tour in 2018 the Red Ribbon surfboard competition tour is returning between July and December 2019.

The Red Ribbon is a unifying symbol of solidarity and respect for people living with HIV/AIDS and the surfboard continues to raise awareness in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven around sexual health & blood borne infections.

The 2019 surfboard features art work by Kiama based artist Karolina Ventner whose inspiration for the board is 37 year old Australian born ABC7 television correspondent Karl Schmid who has been living with HIV for a decade.

The HARP unit invite you to display the surfboard at your service or organisation for a two week stay.

All you need is a highly visible, safe area to display the surfboard to your clients or the public, giving  them a chance to go into the draw to win by texting  ‘share affection’ and their postcode to the HARP Unit.

This EOI will close Friday 14th June.

Hosts will be advised week commencing 17th June 2018.

The tour commences 15th July 2018.

HARP will securely install and remove the surfboard.

Winners will be drawn on Monday 2nd December 2019 to acknowledge World AIDS Day globally on December 1st.

Please reply to this email jennifer.farinella@.health.nsw.gov.au if you would like to host.

Advocacy Training

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.

ADVOCACY SKILLS WORKSHOP

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.

DON’T MISS THIS..
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: www.illawarrainteragency.com illawarrainteragency@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au | (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.

LGBT parents in schools

Researchers at Macquarie University are doing a study to explore LGBT parents’ positive experiences within Australian schools.

Particularly, opinions on how to best include LGBT parents in schools and their experiences of welcoming school environments.

Would the Research be a good fit for me?

The study might be good for you if:

  • You are an Australian
  • You are an LGBT parent 18 years or older
  • You have experience with a child being enrolled in an Australian school

Participants involved with this study will be asked:

  • questions about their child’s school (e.g. grade, type of school)
  • demographic questions about their family (e.g. income, marital status), and
  • opinions on how schools could be more welcoming for LGBT parented families.

Participants will be required to voluntarily complete a 20-minute anonymous online survey The LGBT Parent School Support Survey can be found at:

https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_78tYXY9wuCsgHNX

The LGBT Parent School Support Facebook page can be found at:

https://www.facebook.com/LGBTPSS

Aboriginal Consultative Committee – Expression of Interest

Their Futures Matter (TFM) are seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal people residing in NSW, representing their local Aboriginal community, Aboriginal service providers, organisations, and senior Aboriginal NSW Government employees, to form an Aboriginal Consultative Committee.

Click here for more information.

Getting the National Redress Scheme right: An overdue step towards justice

The Joint Select Committee on the oversight of the implementation of redress related recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recently released the report of its findings.

The report has found that, as it currently operates, the redress scheme is at serious risk of not delivering on its objective of providing justice to survivors. Read the full report here.

Multicultural Health Communication (MHC) Awards 2019

NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) is pleased to announce that the Multicultural Health Communication (MHC) Awards 2019 are officially open for applications.

The aim of the MHC Awards is to recognise excellence in multicultural health communication across NSW Health and health funded NGOs.  Award categories are:

Multilingual Health Information Awards

  • Patients/consumers as partners  
  • Integrated Care                              
  • Patient safety                                 
  • Keeping people healthy

Individual Awards

  • Staff Member of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the Parliament House in Sydney which will be held in conjunction with the launch of Multicultural Health Week on Monday 2 September 2019.

Applications must reach MHCS by COB Friday 28th June 2019.

Applications can be submitted online, via email or in hard copy. For more information on eligibility, criteria and how to submit an application, please visit: http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/services/award/multicultural-health-communication-awards  

For any enquiries, please contact MHCS Senior Project Officer Sam Shen on 02 8753 5010 or SESLHD-HCSAwards@health.nsw.gov.au