Food and Housing

Food Fairness Illawarra

We each have a role to play when it comes to our food: the food we choose and the way we consume it affect our health and that of our planet. From local food businesses to government, farmers, food waste fighters, academia and consumers of all ages.

As a community, we need to come together to transform our food system!

Since 2016, we have come together to celebrate Fair Food Week and World Food Day at our annual Connecting over Fair Food event.

While we have had to postpone this amazing community building event from October to 18th February 2022, we are inviting each and every one of you to virtually share with us your connection to fair food!


I have been invited to share my connection to fair food to celebrate #WorldFood Day and #Fair FoodWeek with @Food Fairness Illawarra.

My ….. (connection to Fair Food > think fair, local and sustainable e.g. your community garden, you and your veggie patch, cooking, dinner with the household, your favourite local producer or produce)

I am inviting @…, @…. and @… to share their connection to food!
#connectingoverfairfood #foodfairness 


All entries will go into the draw for one of the six $50 vouchers to your favourite local producer or food business (e.g. Pines Gelato, My Pantry Store, Green Connect, Darkes Forest or Flametree Community Food Co-Op)

Winners will be drawn on World Food Day, 16 October 2021, so keep an eye on our socials!

Health and Wellbeing

HealthPathways Webinar

11th August 2021

Registrations are now open for the free HealthPathways webinar on Wednesday 11th August at 10am for 90 minutes.

Join Steve Gibbeson, Program Manager for HealthPathways in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District to look at how to best utilize HealthPathways for your clients. HealthPathways offers agreed information to make the right decisions, together with clients, at the point of care. Steve will give a live run through of the following pathways:

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People
  • Culturally & Linguistically Diverse People
  • Sexuality & Gender Diverse People
  • People with a Disability
Steve Gibbeson

HealthPathways content is developed collaboratively by general practitioners, hospital clinicians, and a wide range of other health professionals. Each pathway is evidence-informed, but also reflects local reality and patient choice. HealthPathways is designed and written for use during a face to face session. Each pathway provides clear and concise guidance for assessing and managing a client or patient with a particular symptom or condition. Pathways also include information about making requests to services in the local health system.

Register here or cut and paste the URL

Health and Wellbeing

Wollongong Safe Haven

Wollongong Safe Haven officially opened its doors on Wednesday 26th May 2021.

See article for the Illawarra Mercury :New Safe Haven in Wollongong for people in suicidal distress to take refuge | Illawarra Mercury | Wollongong, NSW

This initiative has been made possible thanks to years of advocacy, leadership and much blood sweat & tears from grassroots lived experience members of the Collaborative who first came up with the innovative idea of having our own safe space in the Illawarra Shoalhaven.

Congratulation to lived experience members of the Collaborative Mark Ellis and Caitlin Kozman for securing roles with Safe Haven – Mark as Service Leader and Caitlin as Suicide Prevention Peer Worker.

Huge thanks to all those involved with the co-design and to STRIDE, ISLHD and lived experience members for your commitment and for making this dream a reality.

Please feel free to share this exciting news across your networks.


** NOTE: There will be 2 more seminars in the series:

August: Protecting Mental Health by Connecting to Nature, 25th August, 11-12:30pm

September: Protecting Mental Health with Sleep (date TBC)

Food Fairness Illawarra

Did you know at any given time, approximately 21,600 Illawarra residents face food insecurity, meaning they are not able to access food that meets their health and cultural needs?

Meanwhile, tonnes of edible food ends up in landfill every week from the food industry. Food Fairness Illawarra (FFI) is a community coalition that has worked together since 2005 to make healthy and sustainable food affordable and accessible for all.

Their current campaign is calling on all Illawarra (food) businesses to start donating their surplus food to feed people and fight food waste. Saving quality excess food will not only save the environment and reduce waste disposal costs, but greatly assist the people in our community that need it!

Health and Wellbeing

Engaging with Outdoor Environments

A team at Macquarie University are undertaking a survey that aims to better understand how individuals are engaging with local outdoor environments and links to wellbeing before and during COVID-19.

The study findings will help to inform and advance the design of public places, identify opportunities for future planning and inform the design and development of programs to support and improve health and well-being.

The link to the survey is at

Breast Awareness

Under 40: As you are at lower risk of developing breast cancer, breast screens aren’t encouraged for women in your age group.

Age: 40-49: You can attend BreastScreen NSW for a screening mammogram, but breast screening is less effective for women in your age group.

Age: 50-74: We recommend you have your free screening mammogram once every two years – look out for your reminder letter from BreastScreen NSW.

Over 74: You can attend BreastScreen NSW for a screening mammogram, however you should speak to your doctor first to see breast screening is a priority for you.

Make your appointment online today at

Know your Lemons is an awesome site please check it out.

People of all ages should see their GP immediately if they notice any unusual changes in their breasts.

Menopause Information Evening

Health and WellBeing

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Consumer Representatives Southern Illawarra Hospitals Group

How would you design a Health Centre?

ACON is exploring options for a Centre that would provide specialist health care for people in our communities.

We want to make sure that people are at the heart of this service. No matter where you live in NSW we want to ensure that you can access this service through in-person appointments or via telehealth.

We’d like to hear from you. We invite you to please share your thoughts on what good health care looks like for you.

Click here to have your say in the design of the potential Health Centre.

Link to copy & paste if that’s easier:

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