Illawarra Multicultural Services

The Illawarra Multicultural Services are now recruiting for two new positions:

  • SETS Youth Worker
  • Domestic Violence Workers

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee (NSW)

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Call for Nominations

Do you want to make a contribution to Aboriginal cultural heritage management in NSW?

Do you have experience in working with other Aboriginal people to address significant cultural heritage management issues?

The NSW Government is inviting nominations from Aboriginal persons for the appointment of four (4) members to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee (ACHAC).

ACHAC advises the Minister and Department on matters relating to the identification, assessment and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage in NSW.

Nominations are invited to fill current and future vacancies that may arise.

Nominees must be

  • Nominees of Aboriginal elders groups; or
  • Registered native title claimants; or
  • Aboriginal owners listed on the registerunder the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.

Your nomination must demonstrate

  • your involvement in cultural heritage matters in your local community and
  • your understanding of cultural heritage management issues.

Your written consent to the nomination is required for your nomination to be accepted.

To receive an application kit or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Secretariat, Heritage NSW via:

Phone: (02) 9873 8579 | Email:  ACHAC.Secretariat@environment.nsw.gov.au | Website: www.heritage.nsw.gov.au

Applications kits may also be downloaded here.

Application submissions:

By Email: ACHAC.Secretariat@environment.nsw.gov.au.

By Post: Secretariat Unit, Heritage NSW, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Locked Bag 5020, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150.

Applications close: 11:59pm Wednesday, 10 November 2021

HIV 101 Webinar

Registrations are now open for the HIV 101 Webinar, Thursday 11th November at 2pm for 90 minutes.

Please join Josef Garrington, the Regional Outreach Community Health Promotion Officer from ACON and Naomi Viret, Sexual Health Promotion Officer

from Caddyshack Project to unpack HIV. They will be covering testing, treatment, Pre Exposure Prophylactic (PrEP) & Post Exposure Prophylactic (PEP).

When you register, you will have the opportunity to ask a question to the presenters. Your details will remain anonymous in the webinar.


ACON Regional Community Survey Snapshot Launch

Join us as we launch the results of the ACON Regional Community Survey Snapshot.

ACON Regional staff and survey designers will be on hand to relay results back to our community and will talk about plans for future work in our regions.

When: Wednesday 22nd September at 6.30pm

Where: ZOOM (link emailed to you once you have registered)

Use this link to register: https://www.aconhealth.org.au/arcs

It’s Time to Think Positive about HIV

Think Positive is an HIV stigma campaign. Through this campaign, we tried to take a different approach to traditional stigma campaigns. We flipped the narrative from a focus on the harms caused by HIV stigma to instead celebrate ally ship between PLHIV and the HIV negative people in our lives. As such, this “stigma” campaign is inspirational and gives some practical ways that everyone can contribute towards ending HIV stigma together.

You are more than welcome to share our post on your own social media platforms. https://fb.watch/7TQuSMSFXs/

You can read more about the campaign via the press release here.


Sydney Local Health District is looking for motivated, bilingual people to join their team of talented Cultural Support Workers (CSWs)!

We are looking for people bilingual in English and at least one of the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese), Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Mongolian, Nepali, Rohingya, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, and Urdu.

The role of CSWs is to improve the health of culturally and linguistically diverse communities through tasks such as assisting at COVID-19 vaccination centres, developing multilingual resources and participating in ethnic media activities, among other responsibilities.

  • This is a casual position. The number of working hours each week will change depending on our organisational needs.
  • Due to the urgency of these positions, we may begin filling the positions before the application period closes. If you are interested in the position, please apply as soon as possible.
  • Temporary visa holders and international students are encouraged to apply. 

For further details on the role, please view the Position Description

To apply

If you ARE currently a NSW Health employee, click here.

If you ARE NOT currently a NSW Health employee, click here. 

Applications Close:  17 September 2021 If you have any queries about the role contact Natali Smud on (02) 9515 1234, 0448 266 105 or via email at natali.smud@health.nsw.gov.au

Online tutoring support for CALD students


UnLEASH Study Understanding Lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s Experiences of Alcohol, Substance Use and Health

Understanding Lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s Experiences of Alcohol, Substance Use and Health (UnLEASH) will examine lesbian, bisexual, queer and other non-heterosexual (trans and cis) women’s patterns of substance use and related health effects. UnLEASH will also test the feasibility of using the internet to recruit and survey a longitudinal online cohort of LBQ women. UnLEASH is the first longitudinal study to recruit LBQ women online to look at health and wellbeing and the relationship with smoking, drinking and using drugs in Australia.

We have a gorgeous study website https://www.unleashstudy.org.au/ and we are all over the socials! Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Unleash-Study-108975481302654 , Instagram https://www.instagram.com/unleashstudy/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/UnLEASHstudy?s=20 . If you manage any social media accounts, we’d be grateful if you could like and follow us.

Recruitment is now open and we are hoping to promote the study through LGBTIQ+ Health’s networks. I am attaching a document with the study logo, a draft email/newsletter content for participants, suggested social media content and a basic easy to print poster. I’m also sending a few social media tiles (we have more images). Please share the study through your networks. Let us know if you require alternative/additional content for any of your communications channels, please contact the study team via unleashstudy@unsw.edu.au.

Participants will be able to share their experiences via the confidential UnLEASH survey and enter a prize draw to win one of 10 $50 GiftPay vouchers.

You can contact the research team via unleashstudy@unsw.edu.au.

Get Your Kit Together

It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness month and I’m pleased to share with you all that our LGBTQ bowel cancer screening campaign, Get Your Kit Together, is now live! This project is funded by a three-year partnership with Cancer Institute NSW and Get Your Kit Together is the first of several cancer screening and prevention campaigns.

You can follow our Get Your Kit Together social media campaign across ACON social media platforms including our new Can We Facebook and Instagram @canwe.org.au

Our Can We cancer screening and prevention website has also launched: https://canwe.org.au/

You can watch the (very camp and Lycra-clad) bowel screening campaign video on the website homepage. You can read the ACON media release HERE.

Overseas Student Health Cover – International Student Health Hub

The International Student Health Hub includes questions you may have on Overseas Student Health Cover linking to accurate & reliable websites.

Find out more about Overseas Student Health Cover information while studying in Australia.


Please share this months featured page to your network.

Want to know more about the Hub? Email us:

Maddison.Stratten@health.nsw.gov.au & Anju.Devkota@health.nsw.gov.au

On behalf of the Hub Advisory Group:

  • Belinda Meggitt
  • Helen Rogers
  • Limin Mao
  • Jennifer Farinella
  • Marty Janssen


The Shellharbour Civic Centre will come alive on Friday evening 25 June for an exciting live music event.

The concert will be held during Refugee Week, to celebrate the amazing talent and rich culture that comes from all nations. Rising star, Masha Mnoyan, the Voice Australia’s 2020 finalist and winner of The Voice Armenia, will join Illawarra’s admired and talented classical guitarist, Sako Dermenjian, who was born in Armenia and lived in Syria.

The band is completed by Sydney percussionist, Atif Badria and keyboardist, Matthew Thompson, who will together perform a mixture of cultural, blues, jazz and popular music.

Grazing boxes will also be on offer, prepared by the Centre’s resident Civic Square Café. These can feed up to 2 people as after-dinner nibbles, and you may BYO alcohol/non-alcoholic beverages to accompany grazing box.

Ticket costs have been subsidised by a Multicultural NSW Government grant and you can also use your Discover NSW Voucher before it runs out! This makes it an even more affordable concert of high calibre musicians.

Tickets are limited and tables are set to 5, so gather your friends for a post-dining evening event that is set to impress. This event is recommended for Adults. Get your tickets now via: https://events.humanitix.com/masha-sako

More information on the musicians…


Having won the Armenian version of The Voice in 2013 and building a reputation as a talent to watch, MASHA MNJOYAN worked across the world on many international stages and in leading venues, winning over audiences everywhere. Now Masha has also captivated Australian viewers with her incredible vocal talent, on her way to the semi-finals of 2020s The Voice Australia. She is a powerhouse singer, with an incredible range and technique, able to handle any sized room or auditorium, to bring the audience close to her by developing that magic connection all artists desire to create. At the same time, she is capable of effortlessly switching her approach to a subtle, intimate style that allows her to succeed as a jazz and jazz/folk singer as well. Listen to her interpret love songs and ballads, where warmth, emotion, and delicacy of expression are the keys, and you will marvel at her art.



Sako Dermenjian is an Armenian classical guitarist, born and raised in Syria, now based in Australia. As he experienced great changes in his life and circumstances, the guitar became one of the few constants over the next few years of Sako’s life. After studying with the great Mazen Al-Saleh for 9 years in Damascus, Sako was already on the path of achieving his dream to become a world-renowned classical guitarist and teacher. Upon his arrival to Australia and relocation to Wollongong NSW, the Lord Mayor invited him to perform at the Wollongong Australia Day awards dinner. Later that year he was invited to play in front of a global audience at TEDx Wollongong and talk about his journey under the theme ’It’s about time’. In 2018 Sako won the first prize of Sydney Eisteddfod. He graduated with a Bachelor of Performance in Classical Guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with his teacher Dr.Vladimir Gorbach. He now studies a Masters of Music Studies (Performance) on merit scholarship at Sydney Conservatorium. Sako is sponsored by Yamaha

https://www.facebook.com/sakodermenjian/    |    https://www.sakodermenjian.com/  

Atif Badria

Originating from Damascus in Syria, Atif Badria arrived in Australia in 2012 and now proudly calls Sydney home. Picking up his first darbuka at the tender age of five, Atif showed promise, making his on stage debut at only eleven, and forming a career as a professional musician from only sixteen years old. Studying with renowned Jamal Al Saka, Atif has gone on to master not only his beloved darbuka but a variety of world percussion instruments including the cajon, timbales, dolholla, riq, djembe, khishba and more. With a career that has taken him around the world, Atif has been invited to tour alongside the giants of Middle Eastern music, including George Wassouf, Wael Kfoury, Melhem Zein, Wael Jassar, Nancy Ajram, Nassif Zeytoun and Hussein and Ali Deek. When asked about his love of percussion Atif explains that it’s because it provides the necessary heartbeat to give music life, and like life, has its own unique timing. His passion is evident as he explains the wonder of the darbuka and it’s ability to be so versatile but only having three notes. One of the most in demand and respected musicians in Australian Middle Eastern music, Atif is recognised as an unmatched talent, widely respected as a highly disciplined professional and inspirational teacher.

Matthew Thompson

Matthew Thomson is an award winning pianist and composer from Sydney, Australia. After completing his Bachelors degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with 1st Class Honours, Matthew received his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA. During his time in America, Matthew performed alongside musical luminaries including Dave Holland, Miguel Zenon, Freddy Cole, Dave Douglas, Ben Folds and Taylor Dane.


The International Student Health Hub includes Safe Sex & Sexual Health questions linking to accurate & reliable websites.

Find out more about HIV, STIs, protection, testing & treatment.


Please share this months featured page to your network.

Want to know more about the Hub? Email us:

Maddison.Stratten@health.nsw.gov.au & Anju.Devkota@health.nsw.gov.au

Unconscious bias workshop.

Community Industry Group is excited to present Diversity Australia’s unconscious bias workshop.

This interactive workshop aims to build awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion from an organisational perspective and will explore ways to recognise and challenge unconscious biases that inhibit diversity progress.

The workshop includes a range of experiential activities to engage the hearts and minds of leaders. Leaders will learn about fundamental concepts of inclusion and exclusion, in-groups and out-groups, biases and stereotypes, in a positive and engaging way.


The International Student Health Hub is now LIVE!


Thank you to all agencies & international students who participated in the development of the Hub.

Want to stay connected?

Email Maddison.stratten@health.nsw.gov.au to get the Hub promotion toolkit + a monthly email for the next six months, featuring different pages of the Hub to promote to your networks.

What do young migrant and refugee women think of the contraceptive implant?

Family Planning NSW is conducting a study to learn more about the factors that influence and inform young migrant and refugee women’s views, experiences and decision-making in regards to the contraceptive implant.


young people eligible for the contraceptive implant (e.g. cisgender women, transgender men and non-binary people assigned female at birth),

  • 15 to 24 years,
  • migrant or refugee background,
  • speak a language other than English at home
  • live in NSW

Participate in a 30 minute interview to share experiences and views on the contraceptive implant à whether considering one, currently using one, or previously used one.

A $30 voucher will be provided for participation.

For more information

Attached is the study flyer, available in several languages.

Ethics approval has been received from the Family Planning NSW Ethics Committee (approval #R2020-03).

The AH&MRC are working in partnership with the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis & Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) to deliver Sexual and Reproductive health webinars for our Aboriginal workforce. This interactive online workshop provides Aboriginal Health Workers, Practitioners and nurses with an overview of sexual and reproductive health, including sexual history taking, STI screening and testing, and current contraceptive options.

The webinar will run for 90 minutes online via Zoom and is free of charge. It is also CPD accredited and is endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian National Association for Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners. It will be presented by a clinician and will be reviewed by the AH&MRC and external bodies to make sure it is culturally appropriate.

All the webinars will take place from 10:00am-11:30am on a Wednesday.

The webinar is designed for Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners who are eager to learn more about sexual and reproductive health and assisting clients within this area.

There will be 4 webinars online for each of the regions, they will all take place via Zoom.

Northern Region: 19th of May, 2021 Register here

Southern Region: 2nd of June, 2021 Register here

Western Region: 16th of June, 2021 Register here 

Metropolitan Region: 30th of June, 2021 Register here 


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kezia Blackledge,

Public Health & Intelligence Officer, via email: kblackledge@ahmrc.org.au, OR mobile: 0466263389.


Shellharbour Cultural Treasures 2021

Shellharbour Cultural Treasures Multicultural Festival will be held during National Harmony Week 2021 from 15 to 19 March, supported by NSW Government. The event is held annually to encourage the Shellharbour community to value, celebrate and embrace the significance of our diverse cultures, with a showcase of performers, books, movies, food and workshops.

This year’s activities will be held at the Shellharbour Civic Centre and we invite you to attend, with the official opening on Monday 15 March from 9:30am.

The opening will including a Welcome to Country, an address by the Mayor and traditional cultural dance with Gumaraa Aboriginal experience. Other activities during the week will include Aboriginal story time and craft, African bead bracelet workshop, movie screening of ‘Alex & Eve’, Indian cooking class, Mexican Mariachi and bread-making workshop and the festival finale will be a performance by Armenian born, ‘The Voice’ finalist Masha Mnjovan with local guitarist Sako Dermerjian. A program is attached and further information can be found on www.shellharbourciviccentre.com.au/  Feel free to share with your networks.

Regional Community Survey for Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Men

ACON Regional Outreach is seeking feedback on current needs from gay, bisexual, trans and queer (GBTQ) men in the Illawarra Shoalhaven, Southern, Murrumbidgee, Far West and Nepean Blue Mountains regions of NSW.

The survey has a focus on GBTQ men living with HIV, however we wish to gain information from all GBTQ men in our community to understand needs more broadly.

Social media image (attached) and copy below or you can share our Facebook post.

The survey can be completed online here: https://forms.acon.org.au/form-5780496/

*Survey closes 15/03/2021*


Transport for NSW Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program

Applications for the Transport for NSW Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program are now open.

The Program gives motivated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students, completing their HSC, access to financial assistance and practical work experience to ready them for a career in the Transport cluster.

Further information is available in the attached brochure and application form.

Below is the closing date and following procedure:

Step 1 Submit application by Friday 25th Feb 2021

Step 2 Reference checks completed by 16th March 2021

Step 3 Successful applicants are invited to attend interview by 19th March 2021

Step 4 Successful candidates notified and Scholarships offered by 30th March 2021

For further information re the Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program, please contact Annette Lamb, Senior Aboriginal Employment Advisor

Email: TalentPrograms@transport.nsw.gov.au or Annette.Lamb@transport.nsw.gov.au.gov.au

Phone: 0400 771 087