Enabling Conversations

The Illawarra Centre for Enablement proudly announces its first Enabling Conversations Program on the topic of;

What makes a good life and a good death?

This event is being held on Thursday 4th April 2019 at Kurrajong Hall in Dapto Ribbonwood Centre, 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

To catalyse this discussion panelists Catherine McGregor; Professor Gordon Wallace; Eugenia Pyne; Dr Michael Barbato; The Hon Gareth Ward MP have been invited to consider this question based on their own unique lived experiences and insights.

Panalist photos and bios can be viewed at the ICfE’s website at https://illawarracfe.com/enabling-conversations-program/

This discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

We want ICfE’s Program of Enabling Conversations to build deeper community connections through conversations and so that we can appreciate our own breadth of diversity and complexity that give rise to our personal answers to matters of significance.

Tickets are: $20 and $12 for Concession at https://enabling-conversation-life-death.eventbrite.com.au 

Want to try our SHOES? Sexual Health Outreach Education Sessions in 2019

Have you hit the ground running in 2019 with new shoes? How about trying out our SHOES – Sexual Health Outreach Education Sessions!

In 2019, HARP are excited to offer a 30 minute in-house update session for you and your staff.

Has a sexual health related topic come up amongst staff or clients at your service?

Has it been a while since you attended sexual health training?

Would you like to have up to date information on the latest around sexual health?

Would you like to find out how you can access FREE condoms and sexual health resources?

Sessions are presented by Naomi Viret & Kaitlyn Middleton, Health Education Officers from the HIV & Related Programs (HARP) Unit and are available on Tuesdays Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

We can present as part of your team meeting, planning day or scheduled sexual health session.

Please reply to Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Kaitlyn. Middleton@health.nsw.gov.au to book in!

Community Workers Website

The Department of Justice and Legal Aid NSW

We would like to invite you to use our new website and downloadable resource named “Helping your client with legal issues: a guide for community workers”.

The Department of Justice and Legal Aid NSW have prepared this website and resource to help community workers to assist clients, including those from multicultural communities, with their legal issues.

The website and resource covers common legal issues experienced by clients which include:

  • Police
  • Consumer issues
  • Debt and fines
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Births Deaths & Marriages
  • Family Law
  • Workplace issues

The website and resource are located at www.justice.nsw.gov.au/communityworkers.

If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback on this website and resource please email us at diversity-services@justice.nsw.gov.au

Hair & Beauty courses on offer this month and in 2019.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy and our Certificate III In Beauty Services as well as a number of exciting new Beauty and Hair Short Courses. 

You can view our course info sheets through the links below:

We are the Shoalhaven & Lower South Coast’s very own apprenticeship approved Hair & Beauty College, offering state-of-the-art training facilities combined with expert, highly skilled trainers delivering the best hair & beauty courses.

These are fantastic courses for any of your clients looking to break into the beauty industry, and give great opportunities to enhance their careers.

Please visit our website, or get in touch today by calling 4423 0351 for more information on these courses.

Courses starting SOON!

Download 2019 Course Brochure

Illawarra Centre for Enablement

The Illawarra Centre for Enablement (ICfE), is a new venture in the Illawarra to enable people personally and professionally and to raise civic engagement in the Illawarra.

Take a look at the Centre’s website

The Centre also has a facebook page

Join the Centre’s first Enablement program, Embrace Your Authentic Self, an intensive, one day transformational workshop to be held on 21 February at Gerringong for a maximum of 10 people.

Details of this program is at  https://illawarracfe.com/programs/

First Step Program Bus Tour

Registrations are now open for the First Step Program Bus Tour, Thursday 14th February 2019 from 10.00am till 2.00pm.

The bus tour gives participants an on the ground view of the current situation around drug use and Blood Borne Infection(BBI) transmissions.

It provides an opportunity to dispel myths and “get the real story” on such a hidden, sensitive, and not often talked about area.


09.45am       Meet First Step Program, Port Kembla Hospital, Fairfax Road,   Warrawong.

10.00am       Depart for Hill 60, Port Kembla

10.45am       Warilla Community Health Centre

11.45am       The Wollongong Hospital Automatic Dispensing Machine

12.00             Orana Centre, Wollongong site visit

1.00pm          Darcy House, Port Kembla site visit & lunch

Cost is $15.00 which goes to Darcy House for providing lunch.

Click here to register or Google First Step Program, Bus Tour February 2019. Places are limited.

What other people are saying about the tour:

  • Can I just say WOW!! What an amazing experience!! Thank you for this fantastic bus trip!
  • I liked the way you challenged people’s perception on Methadone use.
  • I find that this style of learning has so many benefits as opposed to the traditional sit in a room watching a PowerPoint presentation learning. It has had a strong impact on my understanding and perspective on the many issues that are faced by clients of the drug and alcohol service.
  • I thought it was very insightful, interesting and valuable for both my future practice as a social worker but also just for my overall knowledge
  • Loved every minute of it! Very informative and a great opportunity to speak with other people working in the field.
  • The First Step Program bus tour was excellent – loved it!

First Step Program is a free and confidential blood borne virus prevention service In the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area. The service provides clean injecting equipment, free condoms as well as support and referrals in all matters of health and welfare including detox and rehabilitation.  First Step Program provide outreach services and education on HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C and waste management of used syringes to individuals and groups.

     A collaborative initiative between First Step Program HARP, & Healthy Cities Illawarra

Creating Synergy Drugs and Young People — Care • Collaboration • Compassion

6 – 7 June Wollongong

The Creating Synergy is a biennial conference that highlights a range of innovative work in prevention, early intervention, treatment and health promotion currently implemented by the health, welfare and education sectors to support people who use drugs or alcohol.

The 2019 conference  will showcase evidence-based best practice when working with young people. It will present updates on research and policy that underpin the work of alcohol and other drug clinicians, outreach workers, treatment officers, peer workers treatment concerned with minimising the harms of alcohol and other drug use among young people in our communities.

The conference boasts an amazing mix of excellent keynote and concurrent session speakers and presenters.

Creating Synergy 2019 will also feature two concurrent full day Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday 5 June

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the Thriving Adolescent- Dr Joe Ciarrochi

Creating Collaboration for Change- Dr Coralie Wales, Dr Kia Wallwork & Kerrie O’Leary

The Creating Synergy Committee welcomes you to join us in at the Creating Synergy Conference in June 2019.

Register or Submit an Abstract NOW https://creatingsynergy.org.au/

We look forward to supporting you and improving outcomes for young people who struggle with drugs or alcohol and their families.

Illawarra Women’s’ Health Centre


Learn stretch and self-massage techniques that can improve your flexibility, posture and circulation, reduce your risk of injury, and relieve muscular tension.

Morning tea provided
Friday 1st February 
9.30am -12.30pm


Would you liked to meet new people while learning healthy & budget-friendly cooking skills

Cost: $4
Starting Tuesday 12th February for 12 weeks.
10.00am – 1.00pm


Learn about the benefits of essential oils in your home or for your health. Learn to make an after sun lotion using Aloe Vera.

Cost: $10 
Wednesday 16th January 
6.00pm – 8.00pm


Self Esteem & Communication is an 8-session group for women who wish to develop their self-confidence, communication skills and conflict resolution abilities. Cost: FREE
Starting Monday 11th February
for 8 weeks
10.00am – 12.30pm


To discuss menopausal symptoms, new treatment options and how to manage this time of life. 

Cost: Free
Thursday 28th February 
9.30am -12.30pm


Come along and learn new skills and meet new people at the same time.

Cost: FREE
Next Date: Wed 23rd January
10.00am – 11.00am

To see our full list of groups please click here.

Please call to confirm date and times of groups before attending for the first time on 4255 6800 or email info@womenshealthcentre.com.au   

Health Care Services

A Women’s Health Doctor is available for consultations and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

We also have the following health providers at the Centre;

  • Dietitian                                          
  • Generalist Counsellor
  • Domestic and Family Violence Support Worker         
  • Psychologist                                    
  • Young Women’s Social Worker
  • Social worker                         
  • Phone Counsellor [1800 82 55 44]
  • Massage Therapist                                           
  • Reflexologist

We have psychologists and social workers that are specialised in trauma, domestic violence and sexual assualt.       

Please contact us for more information on making and appointment and costs. 4255 6800