Sexual Health


Indigenous Surfboard Competition 2022-entries now open!

We are honoured to introduce this year’s Indigenous Surfboard Competition with artwork provided by Zach Bennet Brook from Saltwater Dreamtime.

Zach 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.  You can check out more of his fantastic work here.

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.

If you would like to enter the competition to win this surfboard text ‘Share Affection Not Infection’ and your postcode to us 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


Sexual Health

Caddyshack Project

Caddyshack Project have been running The Condom Dispenser Project (CDP) since2013.

We install condom dispenser(s) at community organisations & health services & supply refills.

The project aims to create an open atmosphere & supportive environment that makes condoms available where they are most needed.

Find all 80 services that are part of the Condom Dispenser Project in the map below.


Young People

Beacuse you care

We developed the free Because You Care online leaning module for foster carers, as there are very few specific resources for carers around sexual health and relationships available.

But!!

The online learning module content is still relevant to a much wider audience such as youth workers, community services, teachers, & parents or anyone connected with young people & interested in sexual health, relationships or trauma informed practice.

You can access the training in the following places:

https://pro.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au/training/

https://www.myforeverfamily.org.au/events

If you think of someone who may find the training useful please share this email.

If you would like any further information please contact

Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Jason.VanRitten@health.nsw.gov.au



Sexual Health


Because you Care

When developing the free Because You Care online training, we reached out and had contact with

many agencies and organisations involved in the care sector. My Forever Family were just one of many.

At My Forever Family NSW, we care for those who care for children.

Our goal is to see all children receive the care they deserve, and all carers receive the support and training they need.”

We would like to thank My Forever Family for including a link to our training on their website.

You can access Because You Care free online training for foster carers, those working in the OOHC sector, and those with an interest

in trauma-informed sexual health conversations & many other online training opportunities via their website.

If you would like any further information please contact

Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Jason.VanRitten@health.nsw.gov.au



Sexual Health

Traveller looking for companion who Likes to ‘Explore’

*Likes Pina Coladas  *Loves to get caught in the rain *Yoga Lover *Always uses condoms

To find the nearest service that stocks free condoms in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven, visit this map or order a bag of free condoms for your service from PlaySafe Pro.

International Student Health Hub

The International Student Health Hub features Play Safe NSW on the Safe Sex & Sexual Health page answering questions like:

  • What is oral sex?
  • What Australian words are used for sex, sexual health & your body?
  • How can I get an STI?
  • Do condoms prevent STIs?
  • How do I put on a condom?

Everything you need to know for a confident & healthy sex life   Play Safe NSW

Play Safe

The Hub



Sexual Health

Beacuse you Care

When developing the free Because You Care online training for foster carers, we considered the importance of sexual and reproductive health for sexuality and gender diverse young people.

The section on vulnerable young people takes into account some considerations when engaging in conversations around sexual and reproductive health.

As carers, it can be difficult to navigate a young person’s sexuality and gender, particularly when they are new to your care, or have reached an age and stage where they are questioning.

Some practical tips include:

  • Don’t assume gender identity based on appearance or clothing choice
  • Use gender neutral language such as they, theirs or them
  • Use the term “partner” instead of boyfriend or girlfriend

Play Safe Pro have some great fact sheets on gender affirming care and sexual health promotion for young people of diverse gender and sexuality to further help guide discussions and what to consider when discussing sexuality and gender with young people. Happy chatting!

If you would like any further information please contact

Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Jason.VanRitten@health.nsw.gov.au


Sexual Health

When developing the Because You Care online training, we considered the importance of starting a conversation with young people around their sexual and reproductive health.

Those who have completed the training may recall the activity in the 3rd module, devoted to starting conversations.

A lot of us may think of this as the “birds and bees” chat or “the talk” and think of it as a one off conversation. In reality and ideally, these can be a series of short but ongoing discussions, at moments that are relevant to the young person and appropriate for their age and level of development.

There are some fantastic resources which can help guide these conversations. One of our favourites is “Talk soon. Talk often”. A resource designed to help parents, carers and workers navigate conversations around sexual and reproductive health with young people.

We love that there is also a culturally safe adaptation of the resource “Yarning quiet ways” and a simplified tip sheet in several languages. Another great source of sexual and reproductive health information, games, resources and factsheets is Play Safe Pro.

It can also be useful to use and make reference to movies, TV shows, song lyrics and hot topics on social media to start conversations with young people around their sexual and reproductive health.

Asking simple questions such as “what did you think about that” or “what would you and your friends do in that situation” can be non-confrontational ways to start a conversation.

The “Because you care” training module 3 addresses ways to start conversations and tips and suggestions for keeping the conversation going. The training is available online and Free!

Happy chatting!

If you would like any further information please contact Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Jason.VanRitten@health.nsw.gov.au


Sexual Health

Don’t fool around with syphilis

In 2020, notifications of infectious syphilis in Australia increased by nearly 90% from recorded rates in 2015.

Three populations are especially at risk: men who have sex with men; women of child-bearing age; those living in outbreak areas (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities). Due to the rising concern, the Australian Government Department of Health launched the national campaign ‘Don’t fool around with syphilis’ in 2021 to raise awareness of the sexually transmissible infection (STI) syphilis and the current outbreak happening across Australia.

Not everyone with syphilis has symptoms, which means people often don’t realise they have the infection. That’s why it’s so important to get tested regularly. For those with symptoms, the first sign of syphilis is the appearance of sores or ulcers at the site of the infection (genitals and mouth). Over time, the disease can develop into rashes, skin lesions, swollen lymph nodes, hair loss, muscle and joint aches, headaches and fatigue. If left untreated, syphilis can eventually cause brain infections, dementia, lung and heart failure, blindness and death.

Click image to watch the campaign video

Visit the campaign website for downloadable resources including facts sheets, posters & digital social media kit.

OR

Go to the NSW map to find your nearest publically funded sexual health clinic or see your Doctor for testing.


Sexual Health

Caddyshack Awards

Congratulations this year’s winners!

Olivia Kelle – Administration Officer for the ISLHD Drug & Alcohol Service – Greatest Caddyshack Project Facebook Fan.

Soutara Potter – Volunteer Program Coordinator for the University of Wollongong – Greatest Caddyshack Project Instagram Follower.

Lives Lived Well – Project Award for their commitment to capacity building their staff around sexual health, sexuality & gender diversity.

Illawarra & Shoalhaven Gender Alliance – Service Award for their advocacy for bodily autonomy and affirming health care in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven.

Honorary Award to Naomi Viret from Caddyshack Project (because we can) for 14 years of service, commitment, passion & brains (seriously) to her work.

Winners will all receive the iconic banana on a stand award with an engraved plaque and some Caddyshack merch.

The Caddyshack Awards have been running since 2015 to recognise & acknowledge individuals & services that make a contribution to the sexual health and well-being of our communities.


Last chance to enter the Indigenous Surfboard Competition!Last chance to enter the Indigenous Surfboard Competition!

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

You will get a reply confirmation text.

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

See previous surfboard tours here & check out more of Lauren’s stunning work over here.

This surfboard represents a multitude of layers. The background is a transition of colours, moving from a lilac, through to a light blue and mint     green,

moving to a copper, darker turquoise and deep sea blue. The transition of these colours represents a Yuin dreaming. The dark blue and turquoise

to represent the salt water, copper to represent the sand on which we stand and light blue and lilac to represent the sky. The transition  of colours

is to represent the sea and the connection to the country here on  Yuin country. The sea represents a cleansing property, as mob here on the coast

would use the water to cleanse themselves for a new journey, to wash away bad spirits and to thank our Elders for the meal they were about to catch.

The stars at the bottom of the board represent those Elders that have come    before us, that have walked and cared for this land long before

we have. The stars at the top of the board represent those Elders that are to come after we have gone back to the dreaming. The yarning circle

in the middle is to represent our communities coming together for lore, for connection and for connecting to the land. The people on the white lines

to the sides of the yarning circle represent those coming from all over, back to their country to be connected in.  It is their journey back to country,

and back to  family; to the place where their ancestors once stood.

The overall objective of this board was to represent the importance that sexual health has within First Nations communities.

To encourage and empower our mobs to speak out, access services and to make sure they are  staying healthy and deadly.

For Competition Terms & Conditions please email Jennifer.Farinella@health.nsw.gov.au

www.caddyshackproject.com