New Digital Lunchbreak Website

Like so many members of the NGO sector and across government, we continue to focus on the needs of children and young people when responding to COVID-19.

There have been many great resources and activities created for children and young people in response to COVID-19, and we have collated a variety of materials in one place for easy access through the new Digital Lunchbreak website.

Digital Lunchbreak assists children and young people with finding online resources and activities to do at home in their lunchbreak, around learning hours and on weekends during the current social distancing measures. See the new website here

Please help us reach and involve as many children and young people as possible by letting your networks know about the Digital Lunchbreak website.

Click here to access the media kit for pre-written text, images and social posts which you can share.

As this project progresses we will be adding more content, so if you have any activities or resources that you would like to let us know about, please contact the ACYP office on 02 9248 0970 or email

Training for Child & family specialists includes;

123 Magic® & Emotion Coaching – Next available webinar – 20 May 2020 with more dates throughout the year.

This course equips you with the knowledge to teach parents and carers of 2-12 year-old children, skills to manage their children’s difficult behaviour

Click HERE for further information or to register for training.

Engaging Adolescents™ – Next available webinar – 4 June 2020 with more dates throughout the year

Provides easy-to-use techniques to teach to parents and carers skills that they can use to enlist adolescents to manage their own teenager behaviour problems and emotional reactions

Click HERE for further information or to register for training

No Scaredy Cats™-Next available webinar – 19 May 2020 with more dates throughout the year

Assist parents to take a preventative role in the development of anxiety problems in 2-12 year olds and teach them  practical steps to develop resilience thinking skills in their children.

Click HERE for further information or to register for training

Tough Conversations™ in Child Protection – available by appointment (booking terms apply)

Assisting effective parenting capacity conversations for workers in the Child Protection System

Click HERE for further information or email to discuss booking.


ACON will be hosting a live online information session to explore coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on regional NSW sexuality and gender diverse communities on Wednesday 13 May 3pm – 4.30pm.

We know that COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the regional communities ACON works with and for. Misinformation is everywhere, and this can sometimes make understanding COVID-19 difficult. ACON will be hosting this online information session to dispel myths and misunderstanding, and come together as a community to discuss COVID-19 and how it is changing the ways in which we socialise, work, and have sex. The forum will include experts from the Regional NSW community as well as local entertainers from the Hunter and Northern Rivers areas who will guide, inspire and entertain us through this difficult time.

We are inviting members of our communities to submit questions about COVID-19 and our health to be answered by the panel. We will attempt to group questions together and answer as many as possible in the time we have. If you have a questions you would like considered, please let us know when you register.

Click here to register

Facebook Event:

Living Trans During COVID 19

You are invited to a free online forum for trans and gender diverse people and our allies to learn more about staying safe, well and connected as a trans person in a global pandemic. Hear from a diverse range of NSW speakers, ask lots of questions and interact with the audience. Hosted by Teddy Cook, ACON’s Manager, Trans and Gender Diverse Health Equity and Liz Duck-Chong, ACON’s Community Health Promotion Officer, Trans and Gender Diverse Health Equity.

  • Panellists include:
  • Aunty Lisa Taylor – Sistergirl Elder, advocate and community organiser
  • Panda Cheong – Psychologist, community leader and artist
  • Eloise Brook – Media Manager – Gender Centre, writer, advocate and academic
  • Mish Pony – Trans and Gender Diverse Specialist Advisor – LGBTI Health Alliance, Trans Sex Worker Representative – Scarlet Alliance and Board Director – AFAO
  • Cristyn Davies – Senior Research Fellow – Child and Adolescent Health, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Adjunct Scholar – Sexualities and Genders Research (SaGR), Western Sydney University and Board Director – Twenty10 Inc GLCS NSW
  • Dr Martina Gleeson – Gender affirming GP in the Sutherland Shire and GP Clinical Lead for South Eastern Sydney HealthPathways

Delivered by ACON in partnership with our friends at the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

When: Wednesday 6th May 4:30pm – 6pm

Where: Register for link at

The forum will be cast live to this Facebook event and recorded for sharing with captions as soon as possible.

We also hope (pending funding applications) that this forum will kick off a series with our friends at Trans Pride Australia.

Sexual Health & Relationship Kit for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse community

Registrations are now open for Unpack The Kit Webinar– Tuesday 26th May 2020 from 1.00-2.30 pm.

We invite you to unpack the Sexual Health & Relationship Kit which has been designed for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse community but can be used for many different groups. Learn how to use The Kit as a teaching tool to run health education sessions and focus groups by giving participants the opportunity to unpack and discuss the information around sexual health and healthy relationships in an open and respectful manner(even online).

Please register early allowing, enough time for us to post out a pack that you will interact with during the webinar.

Click here to flick through or download The Kit online. Click HERE to register.

This event is free & you can cancel up to 24 hours prior to the event.

Please call 0421 098 342 or email if you need to cancel.

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:

Sticky Stuff Online Training

Yfoundations would like to invite you to Sticky Stuff Online training

Sticky Stuff Online is an engaging and interactive version of the popular one day face to face Sticky Stuff training. The online training is suitable

for anyone who is working with young people and looking for tools, tips and activities for engaging young people around the topic of sexual health.

Sticky Stuff online is FREE to access and should take about an hour to complete, providing you with a certificate upon completion.

To access the training:

  1. Click this link
  2. Create your own account in Yfoundations’ Learning Management System (LMS)
  3. Follow the steps in the welcome email after creating an account and enrol into training.
  4. The training will remain accessible for 1 month after you create your account.

Feel free to contact Nusrat Jahan ( if you have any questions or concerns or visit Yfoundations website for more details.

We hope you will enjoy Sticky Stuff Online!  

Sticky Stuff online training is funded and developed in collaboration with NSW Department of Health.