ACON’s Trans Health Equity team welcome all trans and gender diverse people and all Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander trans people in NSW to be a part of Trans Vitality, a peer-education and trans empowerment program.

Across four workshops, you’ll work with peer facilitators and fellow trans community to learn about resilience, community care, trans histories, and futures whilst working together to make a space for connection. 

Workshop Details:

Online Workshops open to all trans community across NSW

  • Every Tuesday night from 28 March – 18 April, 6-8:30pm

Online workshops for Sistergirls, Brotherboys and trans mob

  • Every Thursday night from 20 April – 11 May, 6-8:30pm

Please fill out an expression of interest here and the team will be in contact.

Or visit Transhub for trainings, workshops and registration link here and our Trans Vitality toolkit for great community resources here.

Community Industry Group “Temperature Check” Survey

To fully understand the significant challenges the Community Services sector (Illawarra/Shoalhaven/Southern NSW) is currently facing, Community Industry Group is conducting a ‘Temperature Check’ (key issue survey) to find out what issues are most concerning to you/your organisation/community and what supports may be needed.

The survey can be found using the link below…

Any concerns, please call Chris Racar at CIG on 42 56 4333

Sexual Health

Family Planning NSW is excited to share a new podcast: Talking Frank!

Hosted by Rowdie Walden, Talking Frank covers every nook and cranny of Australia’s sex life. Through dynamic discussions with advocates, health experts, and young people, Talking Frank aims to normalise conversations around sex, relationships, and sexual health including STI/BBV prevention, testing and treatment.

Co-designed with the input and guidance of young people, the podcast tackles various sexual health topics from different perspectives. It’s all about providing young people with evidence-based, engaging, and relatable content to increase sexual health and knowledge and reduce stigma.

From September to December, podcast episodes are being released each week. Episodes will be available on popular podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. You can also find all the episodes at Frank

The podcast will be promoted via targeted social media advertising to young people 18-29 years across NSW. A social tile and suggested copy are attached in the social media toolkit below which you can use to promote Talking Frank through your networks and channels!

A Talking Frank poster is also attached which you can circulate digitally, or you can order A3 copies free of charge for your service!

If you would like to order posters, have any questions about the project, or would like to give us feedback, please get in touch with us at  

Talking Frank Poster

Social Media Toolkit

Copy: Get ready for your new favourite podcast on sex, relationships and sexual health: Talking Frank! With host @RowdieWalden and a range of friends, advocates and experts, we cover every nook and cranny of Australia’s sex life to answer your questions and share real life stories.

Follow @talking.frank to stay up to date. 

Sexual Health

Calls for Expressions of Interest

Do you have a passion for youth advocacy?

Are you interested in improving young people’s access to sexual health information?

Do you want to become a young leader driving change in the fields of relationships and sexual education?

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University is inviting young people aged 18-24 with a passion for sexual health promotion to apply for membership on a Youth Advisory Board. No previous work experiencein these areas is required and people in their final year of school, or recent school leavers are encouraged to apply. This is a paid opportunity!

To find out more, or apply, please visit:

Applications close 5pm on 10 November 2022.

Nurse Nettie

Click the image below to go to the video. Watch time 60 minutes.

Click the image below to go to Nurse Nettie on Caddyshack Project Instagram.

Sexual Health

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Caddyshack Awards!

Since 2015 we have held the annual Caddyshack Awards to recognise and acknowledge individuals and services within the Illawarra and Shoalhaven that make a contribution to the sexual health and well-being of our communities.

Get nominating today for one of four categories!

  • Individual Award – recognises the achievement by an individual working to promote sexual health.
  • Caddyshack Follower of the Year on Instagram Award – recognises the ongoing support of our work.
  • Project Award- recognises an outstanding project designed and implemented by an individual or a service in improving the sexual health and well-being of individuals or communities.
  • Caddyshack Friend of the Year on Facebook Award – recognises the ongoing support of our work.

Winners will receive the now iconic banana on a stand with their name/service/project engraved on the plaque & some Caddyshack merch.

Nominations close Friday 28th October 2022

Winners will be announced Monday 31st October

One of last year’s winners Soutara Potter from the University of Wollongong

Sexual Health

MPXV (Monkeypox) Vaccinations: Information for LGBTQ+ communities in NSW

This email contains information about the MPXV vaccine and a link to NSW Health to register your interest in the vaccine.

ACON is providing frequently updated information to help our communities make informed decisions. You can access that information here.

NSW Health is providing vaccinations for community members at particular risk of exposure to MPXV in metro and regional NSW. The vaccine that will be offered to community members is the JYNNEOS smallpox vaccine, which is the latest vaccine available to provide protection against MPXV.

Currently, there is significant global demand and health authorities are working hard to secure more vaccines. An initial supply of JYNNEOS received in NSW in August has been used. Up to 30,000 more doses are expected at the end of September and 70,000 doses in early 2023.

To register, follow the link to NSW Health below. If eligible, you will be contacted by NSW Health as more vaccine arrives in NSW in September 2022 and early 2023.

If you have already registered your interest, there is no need to register again. NSW Health will be in touch as more vaccine becomes available in NSW if you’re eligible.

Register your interest online via NSW Health (link below). Please note: completing the form does not guarantee vaccine access.

Those determined to be at high risk will receive a clinical assessment to determine their eligibility for the vaccine at this point in time. Please be patient as health authorities work through vaccine distribution. As more vaccines become available, more people will be able to get access to the vaccine.

It is important to be remain self-aware of your health at all times, including after being vaccinated. If you develop any symptoms, particularly an unusual rash,

lesions or sores, seek medical advice immediately. Call the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 or call your GP or local sexual health clinic via phone or telehealth.

ACON, along with other community partners, is supporting NSW Health and our communities during the MPXV vaccination program.

ACON are continuing to work with NSW Health towards facilitating greater access to vaccines that protect against MPXV.

Register your interest for the MPXV vaccine via NSW Health

Or cut & paste this URL

Enter the competition to win this surfboard!

Text ‘Share Affection Not Infection’ and your postcode to Caddyshack Project on 0434 568 233.

You will get a reply confirmation text. Enter as many times as you like!

The winner will be drawn 1st December to acknowledge World AIDS Day.

See previous years surfboard tours here & T&Cs

Zach Bennet Brook from Saltwater Dreamtime is an Indigenous man of Torres Strait Islander heritage & an award winning artist. Born & growing up in Dharawal Country,  Zach has always been surrounded by the water & involved in water-based activities.

From Zach: Design wise I decided to paint a style I call Travelling. The artwork features a number of circular sections which in my work represent groups of people and family. I have connected each of these groups together through thick lines highlighting the travelling aspect and how we are all connected.

With this year’s NAIDOC Week theme being Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up, I thought the artwork I painted plays nicely to this as it highlights the importance of working together and shows unity. Colour wise I decided to go with a super bright and vibrant background in Pinks, Purple and Yellow with a bold Black and White line work design over the coloured background.