Supporting body confidence & healthy relationships with food and exercise in young people

Need support and resources to nurture body confidence in the young people you work with? 

The Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s largest not-for-profit supporting those affected by eating disorders and body image concerns is currently gauging levels of interest in a prevention focused professional development workshop in Shellharbour in 2019 .

What’s on offer?
Body Esteem Educator Training (4hrs)

  • Suitable for teachers, youth and community professionals working with young people aged 8 to 18
  • Prevention focused addressing risk and protective factors underpinning the development of negative body image, disordered eating and eating disorders
  • Packed with latest research and evidence based approaches to prevention and activities and resources to support body esteem.
  • Includes essential information on early intervention and referral for young people at risk.

$170pp & includes a copy of Free To BE – a body esteem education resource (8 to 18yrs)

The Butterfly Foundation supports Australians in the prevention & treatment of eating disorders & body image issues.

World ADS Day

AIDSIn the week leading up to World AIDS Day on the 1st December 2018, NSW Health are encouraging people to get tested for HIV.

For confidential information on where to get a HIV test call NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.

To order a NSW Health HIV test online click here for  a free, easy, private and accurate way to test.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis(PrEP), is the use of medications to prevent HIV in those at risk and it  is available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Around 10,000 in NSW people are currently living with HIV. 36.9 million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS.

Take the World AIDS Day quiz and go into the draw to win a $100.00 Coles Myer voucher.

Click here to start.



National Arts and Disability Strategy

The National Arts and Disability Strategy is being renewed! The Department of Communications and the Arts wants to hear about your experiences in the sector, and how you think the participation of people with disability in the arts, screen and culture sector can be increased.

How can I have my say on the National Arts and Disability Strategy?

  • Complete an online survey
  • Provide a written, verbal or recorded submission

Click here for these opportunities…

Is everyone welcome?

Yes, everyone can have their say. It’s important to hear the views of as many people and organisations as possible, including:

  • Artists, arts and cultural workers and screen practitioners with disability
  • People with disability who are audience members at venues and events, at home or online or who participate in creative or cultural workshops or recreational arts, screen or cultural activities
  • Carers
  • Creative, cultural and screen organisations
  • People with disability who want to participate in arts, screen or cultural activities
  • Anyone else who has ideas on how to improve access to and participation in creative and cultural activities by people with disability

Consultations program

As well as looking at how to increase participation, you can share your views on ways to:

  • Support the practice, professional development, networks and employment of practitioners with disability
  • Build audiences for the work of artists and screen practitioners with disability
  • Promote and celebrate the diversity of artists, arts and cultural workers and screen practitioners with disability

What is the deadline?

Submissions for the National Arts and Disability Strategy close Monday 3 December 2018 at 5pm (AEST).

Thank you for your participation!




We’re counting down the days to #KidsOffNauru

Since August 20, the Refugee Council of Australia has worked tirelessly with a number of others to bring the issue of children detained on Nauru into the public debate. Since then we have seen the number of children on Nauru drop from 119 to less than 30. While this is a huge win, it is far from over and we need to continue our important work in the space.

There are still 22 refugee children who remain on Nauru with their families, along with over 1000 other refugees and people seeking asylum between Nauru and Manus Island. Many transferred to Australia have been placed in detention centres or in hospitals, or are living under guard in a hotel. Some families have been separated as a result of the transfer process, with members left on Nauru or placed in different detention centres or geographic locations once brought to Australia. There is no current resettlement options on the table for these traumatised children and their families, and the government has even said it would send them back to Nauru. These families need security and stability to truly recover and rebuild their lives.

There is still more work to do. As we countdown the days, we will get in touch with how you can get involved in a large public action to deliver the #KidsOffNauru petition in Canberra on November 27th and send a message to our politicians.

Sign the petition today

2018 Regional Wellbeing Survey

The 2018 Regional Wellbeing Survey is now open – please consider taking part!

Do the survey online at

Call 1800 981 499 if you’d like a paper survey, or for help with the survey.

The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia. Your participation in the survey makes a difference, as it means we can produce data communities can use to inform their planning and decision making, as well as organisations ranging from the National Farmers Federation to  local government authorities (check out the reports and data on our website). This year we have a special section asking about drought, where we ask people who are experiencing drought (or have in the past) about what types of support were most useful, and ask everyone else their views about drought support. This will be used to produce a special report on supporting rural communities through drought.

All survey participants aged 18 or over can enter the draw to win one of 16 prizes worth a total of $7,000. Winners will have their choice of a Flight Centre, Coles-Myer, WISH or Bunnings gift card, to the following value: First prize: $2,000; Second prize: $1,000; third to eighth prize: $500; 10 runner-up prizes of $100.

The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and closes on 14 December 2018, at midnight. Thank you for taking the time to participate and sharing your valuable insights.

Would you like to host the Aboriginal surfboard tour 2019?

After an extremely popular tour in 2018, the Aboriginal surfboard competition is returning in 2019 between January to July 2019.

 The Aboriginal Surfboard continues to raise awareness in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven around sexual health & blood borne infections while offering the opportunity to win the surfboard.

 In 2019 the surfboard will feature art work by Lani Balzan, a Nationally recognised Australian Aboriginal Artist.

Lani’s family come from the Wiradjuri people in NSW.

SurfboardThe 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 that your clients or the wider public can see, giving them a chance

to go into the draw to win by texting ‘Take Blaktion’ to the HARP Unit. HARP will securely install and remove the surfboards.

Winners will be drawn on the 10th July during NAIDOC week 2019.

This EOI will close Friday 23rd November 2018. Hosts will be advised week commencing 26th November 2018.

If you are interested, please reply to