Diversity

TransHub

I’m excited to inform you TransHub, a new and exciting digital information and resource platform, was launched 31/03/2020 on Transgender Day of Visibility! This resource is for all trans and gender diverse (TGD) people in NSW, their loved ones, allies and health providers.

During the development process of our Blueprint for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Trans and Gender Diverse People in NSW, ACON consulted with the trans community across NSW, and the concerns were consistent and very clear. Trans people experience harm when they can’t access appropriate information, particularly in relation to gender affirmation and health. 

Central to TransHub is person-centred, human rights focused information about social, medical and legal gender affirmation. Visitors can find information on a diverse range of issues experienced by the trans community, such as coming out, understanding dysphoria, finding a doctor, navigating government agencies like Centrelink and the ATO, updating gender markers on birth certificates, and much more.

The online platform includes comprehensive and inclusive information to support the health of trans people, including about sexual and reproductive health, mental health, cancer screening, substance use, domestic violence and sexual assault.

TransHub’s allies section provides information to partners, friends, employers, researchers, educators and colleagues, and the clinicians section addresses creating welcoming environments, gender affirming hormones, surgical interventions and providing patient-centred care. The site also includes a comprehensive language guide, and a portal for community members and clinicians to centrally access the resources available throughout the website. There is also a COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS page with regular updated information specific for the TGD community.

This platform has been built, written, and designed by trans people, for trans people. The team also partnered with a number of leading specialist organisations, clinicians and allies to ensure TransHub is accurate, evidence-based and accessible for those who will benefit from using it.

Hear from Teddy Cook – ACON’s Manager for Trans & Gender Diverse Health Equity, Jain Moralee – Co-Executive Director of Twenty10, Keryn and Meagan – Co-founders of Parents of Gender Diverse Children and Dr Atari Metcalf – ACON Board Director in the attached media release on why TransHub is so important for TGD people. We love TransHub, and we hope you do to.

Refugee Council

I am sending you this email from my living room, where like many of you, I have set up a temporary office while my children run around, bored, getting on each other’s nerves and wanting to be outside.

It is an unprecedented moment in our world’s history. We will never forget it. Yet while we are all facing our own challenges and hardships, I wanted to email you to ask you to help us lobby the government to ensure it is supporting everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not just those lucky enough to have Australian citizenship.

There are tens of thousands of people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia and in offshore detention centres who are facing extreme need and are incredibly vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. While the support packages announced to date by the Morrison government are welcome news for many, they have left out many people who will be affected by this pandemic. 

Can you write to your local MP now and ask them to extend support to people seeking asylum and refugees?

The Australian Health Department has identified people in detention facilities as one of six highly vulnerable groups in the face of COVID-19. Additionally, many people living and working in the community are experiencing the full brunt of this crisis – losing work, experiencing destitution and for some, lacking access to proper medical treatment.

The situation for many is untenable, and while many people are trying incredibly hard to make ends meet, they cannot do the impossible. Like many in our society, people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia need additional support at this time of crisis.

Not only is this the just thing to do, it also makes sense. With a public health emergency unfolding, we are all benefited by people having an income, housing and medical support. It is particularly outrageous that some people don’t even have access to Medicare at this critical time. This is a risk to us all. We cannot leave people behind.

We know that if enough of us express these concerns to key government representatives that we could achieve an amazing outcome. There have already been hints by the government that it is considering extending support to migrants and refugees.

Can you take 2 minutes to write to your local MP?

The Refugee Council of Australia has consulted widely with its members and we are now urging the government to take five key actions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have included these in the email you can send your MP. We are calling on the government to:

  1. Move people urgently out of crowded immigration detention facilities 
  2. Ensure a financial safety net and Medicare access for people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia 
  3. Prevent people losing legal status and access to support
  4. Move refugees and people seeking asylum from PNG and Nauru 
  5. Ensure that refugees on temporary SHEV visas are not penalised in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Help us ensure people seeking asylum and refugees are supported at this critical time. Contact your local MP today!

www.refugeecouncil.org.au

Services during COVID-19

People who are Homeless

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) have purchased additional accommodation for people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or rough sleeps should they need to isolate due to COVID-19.  It is the same service / number as before (below).

At present the phone line will say it is for 5 days and can be extended in 5 days lots, however the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District are liaising with DCJ to ensure their messaging is updated in line with any changes. Additionally DCJ are enhancing their assertive outreach program and will be out talking with rough sleepers and offering them accommodation.

Karitane is Open Offering 100% Virtual Services

Parents Can Now Self-Refer Karitane Open, 100% Virtual Services

We know these are challenging and uncharted times and we want to ensure parents and carers get the support they need. From today, Monday March 30th we have have transitioned all our services to be delivered using Telehealth platforms. We are committed to supporting families through COVID-19 and we know now more than ever parents need support.

Parents Can NOW Self-Refer!

As COVID-19 continues to put increased pressure on the health system we no longer require a GP/health professional referral. We have made access for parents easier than ever, parents can now self-refer on-line here.

All parents need to access Karitane support is a smartphone, laptop or tablet. We are continuing to look at new ways to support families and will be sharing online supported playgroups, parenting workshops and more soon. Karitane digital services include;

Virtual Home Visits
Individual consultations up to 2 hours (video call) with a Karitane Child and Family Health Nurse for parenting challenges relating to sleep and settling, breastfeeding, feeding and nutrition, routines, and adjusting to parenting. The number of Virtual Home Visits you receive will depend on your individual needs and our intake team will develop the right support plan for your family.

Toddler Behaviour Telehealth Support
Aggression, tantrums, whinging and hyperactivity can be normal in the toddle years, but sometimes they can be ongoing and stressful. We provide you with skills and strategies to manage the challenging times and improve the quality of your relationship with your child. This service can include both short term support and more intensive support with Internet-Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

Mental Health Telehealth Support
Are you, or someone you know, feeling overwhelmed, worried or sad during pregnancy or soon after birth of a baby? If so, this could be Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD). PMD is very common, 1 in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads experience it as a new parent. Our team are qualified in Perinatal Mental Health and our offering support using Telehealth platforms.

Self-Refer Now

Guide for Local Aboriginal Land Councils

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

Coronavirus Explained In Your Language

SBS have produced 15 ‘Coronavirus Explained In Your Language in language videos.

Available in Filipino, Greek, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil,

Arabic, Cantonese, Hindi, Indonesia, Pashto, Persian, Vietnamese.

Click HERE to link to the relevant language. SBS is planning to produce another 10 this week

A COVID – 19 and domestic violence

Please know that being outside to escape harm and seek safety is LAWFUL.

It is considered a ‘reasonable excuse’ under the Public Health Act to be to be outside if you are:
  1. ‘accessing….social services, domestic violence services, mental health services’
  2. ‘avoiding injury or illness or to escape risk of harm’.

We are open – and we know home is not always the safest place to be. If you or your children are experiencing violence, abuse or controlling behaviours inside your home call us on 4255 6800 or come to us at 2/10 Belfast Avenue, Warilla.

What to look out for….. these are some of the ways people using family violence may use COVID-19 as a tactic or reason to abuse you:

  1. Withhold necessary items such as food, medicine, hand sanitiser or disinfectants.
  2. Misinform you about the pandemic to control or frighten you.
  3. Use the pandemic as an excuse to gain total or increase control of the family’s finances.
  4. Threaten or prevent you and your children from seeking appropriate medical attention if you have symptoms or hide your Medicare card.
  5. Increase their monitoring and criticism of your parenting, such as blaming you if the children ‘misbehave’ or are upset.
  6. Further isolate you or your children in the home by restricting your movements within the house, forcing you or the children into specific spaces in the house, or disabling your mobility devices.
  7. Increasingly monitor your personal communication devices such as mobile phone, email, online messaging.
  8. Use COVID-19 to excuse, blame or justify their abusive and violent behaviour towards you and the children.
  9. An ex-partner may use COVID-19 in their attempt to reconcile or enter/live in your home. They may try to emotionally manipulate you to allow them to stay to ‘help’ you with the children.
  10. Breach a family violence intervention order.
  11. An ex-partner may use COVID-19 to threaten you about isolating the children. This could include using Family Law contact orders to bluff you to allow them in to stay or have contact with the children.
  12. Feel more justified and escalate their isolation tactics.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/344traY

Positions Vacant

Centrelink are looking for people to start ASAP.

Work up until Christmas. Service Centre roles available. Easy work.

Please contact Paul Bulman – pab@hays.com.au

Details and locations are below.

Requirements:

  • We are looking for candidates with at least 2 years office experience and strong Customer Service and Administration skills and good presentation & phone manner
  • First priority are candidates who can start this coming Monday 30/3, but also candidates who can start Monday week 6/4 or ASAP.

Company: Services Australia (Manage Centrelink, Medicare etc)

Job Title: Service Officer

Role: Once an application is lodged online, you as the Service Officer are responsible for carrying out the initial check and verifying that all required information has been submitted.
You will follow a strict guideline checklist and be following up with applicants over the phone, if any information provided is inaccurate/ missing etc and assisting them.

Rate: $34.50/hr + Super

Large numbers of roles in:

  • Parramatta – circa 200
  • Wollongong – circa 100
  • Illawarra – circa 100

A few things to note:

  • 7.5 hour working days, no shifts at this stage and no over time.
  • Candidates MUST be prepared to work from the office, even if we go in to Lockdown.
  • MUST be an Australian Citizen

The process:

We need for potential candidates an up to date Word CV and the following details

  • Email address:
  • DOB:
  • Date available to start 30/3 or 6/4 or other:
  • Name and contact Details (Email & Mobile) of last employer for a reference check:
  • Can you commit through to the end of December?
  • Any holiday commitments during this period?
  • Australian Citizen Y/N?
  • Location Preferred: Parramatta/Wollongong or Illawarra or all?
  • Overview of suitability, 3 points please: for example…’Was an accountant, excellent presentation and interpersonal skills – understands tax rules and legislation and how to complete paperwork – very good with numbers, administration & process, excel & word’

Disaster Recovery

Victims of natural disasters are priority clients for Legal Aid NSW. We provide free legal advice to anyone affected by the bushfires. That advice is often about:

  • insurance, particularly what is covered in a policy, clean up costs, total loss settlements, the claims process, appeals.  We can look at policies and tell people what is covered.
  • employment,
  • financial hardship (loans and credit cards)
  • tenancy
  • government entitlements

How to access Legal Aid NSW Services:

  • Disaster Response Legal Service-1800 801 529

Individuals, households and business people can call this free hotline for advice and will be immediately referred to a specialist  lawyer.

  • We are at the Recovery Centres at Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Bega.
  • Or you can refer a client to their local Legal Aid office (for example, Nowra Legal Aid).

Legal Aid have also developed factsheets relating to common legal issues that people affected by bushfires face. More information and links to these factsheets can be found at following link:

https://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/get-legal-help/legal-help-for-victims-of-natural-disasters

If any organisations would like to get copies of Legal Aid NSW  factsheets or  referral postcards and posters please order online at following link:

https://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/get-legal-help/factsheets-and-resources

WorkLife

NEW MEMBER OFFER: FIRST MONTH FREE!

A few times a year we throw the doors to WorkLife wide open and offer all new members the chance to try coworking on an unlimited basis, for free, for a whole month.  Do you know anyone who would benefit from coworking? February is the perfect time!

Top 3 Reasons to join WorkLife

1. Productivity. A coworking space encourages you to add some structure to your day,
and also has the added bonus that you can leave it all behind when you
go home.

2. Company. Just being around other productive humans a few days a week greatly increases wellbeing. Connections, collaborations and positive energy in abundance.

3. Logistics. The internet works. It’s fast. There is aircon! There is coffee, the milk is in-date, there is fruit in the bowl. The desks are at the correct height, the chairs are comfy.

What our members say

“The social aspect is a real bonus, plus there’s such a range of professionals. There’s always someone to bounce ideas off and have a chat to. The connections are gold.”

WorkLife saves me from being pulled into domestic distractions”

KIAMA: Suite Available

We have one premium office suite that  has become available at Kiama. With 12m2 of space- enough room for 2 people;  24/7 access, separately keyed, but with shared board room, kitchen and bathroom facilities, snacks, tea & coffee, beers & wine – plus security, cleaning and high speed internet – what more could you want? (an an ocean pool down the road?)

29 Collins St, Kiama
ENQUIRE ABOUT KIAMA SUITE

KIAMA: Hubs Available

If a suite is excessive to your needs but the idea of hot-desking and packing up each day fills you with dread, you might want to think about a hub or dedicated desk. These hubs are open plan, but partitioned with enough space for two team members to work quietly at the back of our Kiama space. All the same facilities as the suites are included.

29 Collins St, Kiama
ENQUIRE ABOUT KIAMA HUB

SAVE THE DATE! 6/3/20

Each year WorkLife hosts a special lunch for local business women to celebrate International Womens Day. This year we will be gathering on Friday 6th March.

It’s such a great way to get to know a whole range of local professional women juggling life & work. Details to follow- but rest assured there will be food, wine & conversation of the best kind. 

Venue & ticket details TBC. But we would love you to register your interest here

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Get Healthy Service

Let the Get Healthy Service help you and your clients

The Get Healthy Service provides support and motivation
to reach your own healthy lifestyle goals. 

The Service offers seven programs:

Each program is designed to support individual needs. So whether you are looking for support and motivation to get healthy in general or would just like a one-off coaching session, we have a program for you. The service provides six months of one-on-one health coaching over the phone for FREE, with access to additional information resources. 

Download the referral form & either email or fax. 

Get Started Now

FREE resources available for your service

  • Display folders – includes brochures, information sheets and referral pads
    (set up as above, or can be arranged to suit your service)
  • In-services to staff and teams

Contact:
– Get Healthy Service
Get Healthy Service in Pregnancy

The Dangerous Dads Camp is back!

It is really important for every young boy to spend quality time with their Father or significant male mentor. The Dangerous Dads Camp is a perfect opportunity for fathers and sons to connect and get away from the normal distractions and stresses of day-to-day life. 

This camp is on February 29 to March 1 and is open to Year 4, 5 & 6 boys and their Fathers or significant male carers. The camp will be held in Kiama Public School and is open to everyone. But if you feel this is something that your child’s school might be interested in please contact us by phone or email.

Book Now

Held in our very own Kiama Public School, you will enjoy fun and adventure, whilst also participating in professionally facilitated activities. The program is specifically designed to create supportive connections between dads and kids and to help build stronger communities where fathers and male carers have the chance to become the best dads in the world for their children.

What do you get?

The aim is help kids feel secure, connected to family, and valued in a way that has a direct and positive impact on their wellbeing. The program is designed by an expert in Educational Psychology, Emotional Intelligence and Adolescent Brain Development.

The Overnight Camp costs $250 for both of you, and includes food and professionally facilitated activities (BYO tent and sleeping gear).

The specific outcomes include:

  • Parents increase child development skills and knowledge;
  • Parents experience a strong emotional attachment to their child through fun activities;
  • The program provides an opportunity for parents to connect with other parents in the context of child development and wellbeing;
  • Parents learn and implement a number of key parenting strategies given in the program.

It’s a really fun and engaging program that builds relationships between parents and kids, as well as helping to develop a strong community of parental support.

As your son approaches his teenage years it’s crucial that you are able to communicate and understand what he needs at this stage in his life, and The Dangerous Dads camp is the perfect way to do this. 

Here’s what one of the teachers who was on our last camp had to say:

“In my 10 years of teaching, this was hands down the most important initiative I have ever been involved in…Inspirational!”

We also have a pay it forward option, so if you are feeling generous, or if you need some support to come on the camp, just get in touch and we’ll let you know what to do!

Book Now

If you have already been to one of our camps (and even if you haven’t), and you know someone you think would really get something out of it, please share this message with them!

Take a look at what else we’ve got for you at habitus!

Lifehacks

The Life-Hacks Program is all about preparing our young people to deal with the challenges of life in the real world. We work with them on motivation, resilience, emotional intelligence, self-confidence, communication and finding a sense of direction.

Bush Camps

Our Dangerous Dads, Muddy Mums and Rites of Passage Camps are all about building relationships! We give you the keys to healthy communication so you can understand what your kids need at this stage in their life.

Song Playground

Song Playground is a fun and engaging program that combines music therapy and play therapy to help kids (and adults) develop their emotional intelligence and express themselves with ease.

Facilitation Training

Book in to a transformational workshop and learn how to run your own Lifehacks and Rites of Passage programs to improve relationships, solve problems and embrace change.

Schools

We run NESA accredited Professional Development that focuses on Facilitation Techniques, Strategic Planning, Emotional Intelligence, Visible Thinking, Disruptive Design and Culture Change.

Businesses

We offer Team Building Sessions, Leadership Training, Emotional Intelligence Workshops, Creative Confidence Programs as well as socially responsible Coaching and Consultancy.

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For bookings, go to:
https://habitus.org/
Call 0405271757 or 
Send an email to contact@habitus.org