Free resources, training and education from the Peregrine Centre

The Peregrine Portal brings together resources generated by The Peregrine Centre for rural mental health practitioners with external resources curated especially for rural contexts. It includes articles, video resources and our Practical Toolkit documents such as Working with people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – A practical resource for mental health practitioners;  andPerinatal Mental Health – A resource guide for mental health practitioners. 

The Peregrine Portal also hosts our new podcast series, The Peregrine Rural Mental Health Podcast, where each episode tackles rural practice in an area requested by rural practitioners. Podcasts include Working with Neurodiversity;  Helping Those with Trauma when you are not a trauma specialistWorking with people with a Diagnosis of BPD.  These are now available on The Peregrine Portal . 

Shellharbour Celebrates Harmony Week 2023

National Harmony Week will run from 20 March to 26 March 2023 to celebrate, recognise and to respect and inclusively bring together Australians from all different backgrounds. Council will be recognising it this year by hosting a Greek cooking workshop, an Indian henna workshop, a children’s movie showcasing Mexican culture and by offering a variety of multicultural menu specials from our Civic Square Café. All this will be held under our Cultural Treasures festival banner which encourages the Shellharbour community to value, celebrate and embrace our rich cultural diversity. Bookings can be made via:

Inaugural Australian Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Recovery and Healing Conference

invite you to the upcoming inaugural Australian Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Recovery and Healing Conference with the theme ‘The Right to Recovery’, which the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is hosting on behalf of the Australian Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Recovery Alliance. It is being held here in Wollongong, 4-5 May.

The overall goal of the conference is to highlight the importance of investing in DFSV recovery as an area that supports both healing and prevention, as well as establish a community of organisations and individuals across Australia who will collectively drive change in the way we perceive and respond to DFSV.

We will be discussing the four pillars of recovery: holistic models of health care; housing and economic recovery; centering children and young people and responsive, safe, and accessible pathways to justice – and consistent with best ethical practice, at least 50% of presenters and facilitators will be people with lived experience/expertise.

We have a range of excellent and experienced speakers and panellists, which will make this conference enlightening, educational and absolutely engaging. They include Rosie Batty AO, Tarang Chawla, Karen Iles, Dr Janina Fisher, Dr Karen Williams, Rebecca Glen, Yumi Lee, Annabelle Daniel and the Australian DFSV Commissioner Micaela Cronin, with a more extensive list here, and more on the way.

This is the first conference in Australia specifically on domestic, family and sexual violence recovery and healing – so not to be missed!

The registration link is here, and more information on the Alliance and the conference can be found here.

13 YARN and 13 11 14 crisis support lines.

Lifeline South Coast is holding an information and Q&A session for people interested in joining the 13 YARN and 13 11 14 crisis support lines.

This information session is for our training course which will be held 16th to 26th May in Nowra.

Scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for this training course, and there is an opportunity for pathway to paid employment on 13 YARN, the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis support service.

Information Session Details:

6pm 15th March via Zoom


Community Industry Group “Temperature Check” Survey

To fully understand the significant challenges the Community Services sector (Illawarra/Shoalhaven/Southern NSW) is currently facing, Community Industry Group is conducting a ‘Temperature Check’ (key issue survey) to find out what issues are most concerning to you/your organisation/community and what supports may be needed.

The survey can be found using the link below…

Any concerns, please call Chris Racar at CIG on 42 56 4333

Carer Gateway Service Provider Open Day

Join the Carer Gateway team
for brunch and find out more
about programs and services
that carers can access.

– Tailored Support Packages
– Coaching Services
– Counselling
– Emergency Respite
– Peer Support
– Young Carers Programs

Plus a Q&A session with the
team members and carers.

Thursday 16th
March 2023
Time: 9:00am-11:30am
Where: Wollongong Town Hall, Kembla St, Wollongong NSW 2500

To register, go to:

Children and Families

Parentshop was founded in 2003 by Child and Family Psychologist, Michael Hawton, as a resource hub for parents, educators and child and family specialists. It has since grown to be one of Australia’s leading professional development training organisations and resource for parents. We’ve trained over 27,500 professionals and parents over the last 10 years.

Children and Families

Because you Care

Registrations are now open for the launch of ‘Because You Care’ Free Online Training for Foster Carers

Wednesday 15th September at 1.00pm for 45 minutes

Join us for the official launch of ‘Because You Care’ free online training for foster carers during Foster Care Week, 12-18 September 2021.

Targeted towards foster carers, the training is relevant to anyone interested in starting conversations around sexual and reproductive health, particularly with young people who may have had experiences of trauma.

Hosted by Ben Corio from the STI Programs Unit, speakers will include Out Of Home Care(OOHC) Pathways Coordinator Anna Meaker,

Sexual Health Promotion officers Naomi Viret & Jason van Ritten from NSW Health & Megan Hall from YFoundations.


Children and Families


Child Youth & Family Support, Illawarra-Shoalhaven

FSA family support is operating as normal through COVID lockdown however most of the support in the Illawarra area is managed via phone or online however Nowra and Ulladulla workers have more options with providing support face to face.

CYFS carries case management responsibilities, which includes initial assessment, case planning support, monitoring, or making referrals on exit if more assistance is needed for the family.

  • The service model targets child, youth and family support – working with children 0-18yo
  • We work with low to medium risk.

This support model is generally a three month intervention period together with our other multi-disciplined services with continuity of care provided.

Through the FSA Early Intervention (EI) service stream we offer integrated in-home parenting programs not limited to Parents Under Pressure (PUP), Bringing Up Great KiDS(BUGK) and Healthy Relationships Group (HRG).

Please complete referral via our website

Additionally, please contact Brooke Askew, our CYFS Coordinator on 0455 422 604 or myself for any queries.