Sexual Health


For some time, the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people in the Out of Home Care (OOHC) sector have been overlooked and not addressed due to complexities that can arise when discussing sexual health with youth who may have experiences of trauma.

In partnership with NSW Health, Yfoundations is proud to deliver a new FREE online training module, targeting foster carers, those working in the OOHC sector, and those with interest in trauma informed sexual health conversations. The development of “Because you care: fostering conversations about sexual and reproductive health” involved extensiveconsultation with key agencies in both the trauma and out of home care sectors. Click here to try out our new and FREE training.


CaddyShack Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Caddyshack Awards!

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

Four awards are available!

  • Nominations close Friday 22nd October 2021.
  • Winners will be announced  2nd 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.


Sexual Health

Voice your Contraception Experiences -online survey

If you are 18y+, and use/ have used contraception, we’d like to hear about your experiences, influences on, and satisfaction with contraception, including any hormonal or non-hormonal method.

We are interested in surveying all women, from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and ages. The survey will be conducted in English by Western Sydney University.

To take part in the confidential online survey please click on the following link:

https://surveyswesternsydney.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSiXfxfnoL6NMvX?Ip=1


A short introduction to Fertility Awareness Methods.

*Resting body temperature     

*Cervical mucus method      *

Calendar based method      

*Withdrawal method

FAMS part 11.30 minutes              

FAMS part 2 2.00 minutes


Consent Labs Lunchtime Webinar

Monday 26th July – 12noon for one hour

Registrations Now Open

Registrations are now open for Consent Labs Lunchtime Webinar on Monday 26th July at Noon for 60 minutes.

Consent Labs is a youth-run organisation that delivers engaging workshops on sexual consent to young people in high schools and universities. This need arose from the team’s own lived experiences navigating relationships, dating and sex and realising the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault, and the need for more robust consent education. In this webinar they will discuss their work, the barriers and challenges to delivering consent education, and the key takeaways they’ve learnt about how young people want to talk and learn about consent!

Register here

Or cut and paste the URL if that’s easier for you:  https://www.stickytickets.com.au/DZMZ4


Text to enter & win the Indigenous Surfboard Competition!

Due to many NAIDOC events unfortunately being called off this year, we are kicking off the Indigenous surfboard tour online.

This year’s artwork was provided by Lauren Henry. You can check out more of her stunning work over here.

If you would like to enter the competition to win the surfboard 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.

Want to see the surfboard up close? Check out our Facebook page for where it’s being hosted, or see the full tour list below.

See previous surfboard tours here.

  • 19th July-2nd Aug- Youth Crossroads Health Centre, Nowra
  • 2nd Aug-16th Aug- Illawarra Koori Men’s Support Group, Albion Park
  • 16th Aug-30th Aug- Warrawong High School
    30th Aug-13th Sept- Krema and Co Café- Dapto
  • 13th Sept-27th Sept- DCJ service centre, Coniston
  • 27th Sept-11th Oct-headspace Wollongong
  • 11th Oct-25th Oct- Wollongong Youth Centre
  • 25th Oct-8th Nov- Coordinaire Innovation Campus
  • 8th Nov-22nd Nov- Wollongong City Council library

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

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Caddyshack Project webinars

You can now register for our free webinars on the Caddyshack Project website!

www.caddyshackproject.com/free-webinars


Relationships & Sexual Health in Australia

What Every International Student Needs To Know-Free Webinar Thursday 22nd July @3pm for one hour.

The International Student Health Hub is your one stop shop for reliable information and website referral links on safer sex, STIs, HIV, contraception, pregnancy, the Australian healthcare system, overseas student health cover, confidentiality and more!

Registrations are live for the free webinar!

Join Insider Guides on Thurs 22nd July 3pm and hear from special guests such as Play Safe NSW Nurse Nettie answering frequently asked questions and international students panellists sharing their experience.

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Get in touch if you have any questions;


Sexual Health

Condoms

You wouldn’t walk your dog without poo bags.

So why would you have casual sex without a condom?

*whatever kind of sex you’re having, condoms can be used on sex accessories, as an oral dam and /or on a penis… or use them to make glitter earrings.

Click HERE to order 144 free condoms for your service from Play Safe Pro or find your nearest free condoms in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven from Caddyshack Project.


CaddyShack

New Blog from Caddsyhack Project now available here.

Click image or cut and paste the URL https://www.caddyshackproject.com/caddyshackblog/s-to-the-t-to-the-i


International Student Health Hub

The International Student Health Hub includes questions you may have on the Australian Healthcare System linking to accurate & reliable websites.

Find out more about General Practitioners, interpreters & accessing healthcare in Australia.

www.internationalstudents.health.nsw.gov.au/australian-healthcare-system/

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
  • Nusrat Jahan

Sexual Health

You wouldn’t have toast without vegemite.

So why would you have casual sex without a condom?

*whatever kind of sex you’re having, condoms can be used on sex accessories, as an oral dam and /or on a penis or as stress relief

Click HERE to order 144 free condoms for your service from Play Safe Pro or find

your nearest free condoms in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven from Caddyshack Project.


Want an update on Sexual and Reproductive health? Why not book a free SHOE session!

A Sexual Health Outreach Education Session (SHOE) is designed to be a 30 minute update, helping staff to increase their

knowledge and skills around the topics of sexual and reproductive health.

Naomi Viret
Kaitlyn Middleton

 

Health Education Officers from Caddyshack Project will deliver the session either face to face or via Zoom.

SHOE sessions can include;

  • Overview of current sexual health services and projects across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions
  • Free training, resources and projects your service can be involved in
  • Increase capacity and reduce stigma
  • Find out about different STI’s  and contraception

We can also tailor a session to your service’s needs, please contact us to discuss any current issues or trends your service would like more information and support with.

To find out more or book a session contact:


Dolly Doctor answers the Top Ten

Registrations are now open for ‘Dolly Doctor answers the Top Ten’ webinar.

Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 10.00am for 60 minutes

Associate Professor Melissa Kang, also known as Dolly Doctor will answer the top ten most Google searched questions on sexual health. Melissa’s career has been devoted to the health and health care of adolescents and young adults. She is an academic, a clinician, and an advocate. Melissa’s research has taken a population health approach, with major projects exploring access to health care, health system navigation, young people’s sexuality and sexual health (particularly sexually transmitted infections).

We are thrilled to host Melissa who will be Zooming in with us for this webinar.

Register here or cut & paste the URL https://www.stickytickets.com.au/DTAWY



Youth Educating Peers

In late 2020 Youth Educating Peers (YEP) launched an open online survey for young people aged 12-25. This was advertised via a sponsored add on Facebook, and via YEP’s other social media pages on Instagram and TikTok. Promotional emails were sent to the youth sector. YEP’s Youth Reference Group was supported to complete the survey and the YRG was encouraged to promote the survey. Key findings of the 2020 YEP Youth Survey here or https://theyepproject.org.au/blog/2020yepsurveyfindings/


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

Find out more about contraception, pregnancy, abortion, caring for your breasts, cervical screening, cost & who to talk to.

www.internationalstudents.health.nsw.gov.au/contraception-pregancy/

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
  • Nusrat Jahan

Out of Home Care

The Out Of Home Care (OOHC) PlaySafe Program, is just one of many, that work towards improving sexual health outcomes for young people across NSW guided by the work of the State wide Sexually Transmitted Infections Programs Unit (STIPU).

Due to a likelihood of past trauma experiences, possible disrupted educational experiences and therefore less knowledge around sexual health and relationships, sexual Health needs should be considered through a trauma informed lens when

working with young people in the OOHC sector.

For these reasons, and to assist carers in increasing their knowledge around sexual health and their confidence in having these conversations with young people, a trauma informed training package was developed. The free online training module “Because you care: Fostering conversations about sexual and reproductive health” is now available at PlaySafe Pro.

Whilst targeted towards foster carers, the training is relevant to anyone interested in starting conversations around sexual and reproductive health, particularly with young people who may have had experiences of trauma.

The training takes approximately 90mins to complete and is made up of 3 modules which are self-paced and can be completed all together, or separately.

Topics covered include:

  • Sexually Transmissible Infections
  • Trauma informed care
  • Contraception
  • Conversation starters

At the completion of the 3 modules, participants receive a certificate of participation.


Sexual Health

Dolly Doctor answers the Top Ten

Registrations are now open for ‘Dolly Doctor answers the Top Ten’ webinar. Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 10.00am for 60 minutes

Associate Professor Melissa Kang, also known as Dolly Doctor will answer the top ten most Google searched questions on sexual health. Melissa’s career has been devoted to the health and health care of adolescents and young adults. She is an academic, a clinician, and an advocate. Melissa’s research has taken a population health approach, with major projects exploring access to health care, health system navigation, young people’s sexuality and sexual health (particularly sexually transmitted infections).

We are thrilled to host Melissa who will be Zooming in with us for this webinar.

Register here or cut & paste the URL https://www.stickytickets.com.au/DTAWY


Youth Empowerment Tool

Places still available for the online launch of the Youth Empowerment Tool (YET)

Wednesday 21st April at 11am for 45 minutes.

This online tool has been designed to empower young people to engage with health professionals and to increase their knowledge around sexual and reproductive health.

The YET will officially launch as part of Youth Week April 2021 featuring:

  • Stuff to know before you go-accessing a health professional, obtaining a Medicare card and bulk billing
  • Going for an STI test-what’s involved in going to a health professional for screening
  • Knowledge is Power- provides links to trusted and reliable websites

Hear about the project background, input from headspace Wollongong Youth Reference Group and the QR code that will take people to the online tool.

Register here or cut and paste the URL if that’s easier for you: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/5FI2I


Sexual Health

Youth Empowerment Tool (YET)

Registrations are now open for the online launch of the Youth Empowerment Tool (YET)

Wednesday 21st April at 11am for 45 minutes.

This online tool has been designed to empower young people to engage with health professionals and to increase their knowledge around sexual and reproductive health.

The YET will officially launch as part of Youth Week April 2021 featuring:

  • Stuff to know before you go-accessing a health professional, obtaining a Medicare card and bulk billing
  • Going for an STI test-what’s involved in going to a health professional for screening
  • Knowledge is Power- provides links to trusted and reliable websites

Hear about the project background, input from headspace Wollongong Youth Reference Group and the QR code that will take people to the online tool.

Register here or cut and paste the URL if that’s easier for you: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/5FI2I



Sexual Health

Play Safe Survey

The STI Programs Unit are currently finalising the creative approach for their next Play Safe campaign which is designed for young people aged 16-29 in NSW.

We invite you to focus test creative examples of the campaign by taking a short survey.

Do the survey now.

Cut and paste the URL if that’s easier for you, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PS21campaignsurvey


Contraception Clinic weekly on a Thursday at Nowra Sexual Health Clinic

Starting March 2021, The Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service will be offering a weekly contraception clinic on Thursdays in Nowra at the Sexual Health Clinic, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.

This service will be available to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Shoalhaven area by providing a clinic for contraceptive counselling, management of complex contraception, and assessment and insertion of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC). With insertion of LARC, this includes Implanon and hormonal intrauterine device/IUD (Mirena or Kyleena) or copper IUD. We are only able to provide this without sedation.

We accept referrals for women as well as transgender and gender diverse people requiring contraception who are:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • HIV positive
  • Financially disadvantaged
  • Experiencing complex mental health issues
  • Adversely affected by alcohol or other substance use
  • Experiencing domestic violence or homelessness
  • Refugees
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse
  • People with disability
  • Young people aged 16 to 24

Clients must have a referral from a GP before seeking an appointment at the clinic. Please see referral template attached.


Sexual and Reproductive health webinars for the Aboriginal workforce-Registrations now open

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 

https://www.ahmrc.org.au/event/sexual-and-reproductive-health-webinars/

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.


Sexual Health

Watch a 2 minute clip on Hormonal Contraception Methods


Sexual Health Pathways’ webinar- Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 10.00am for 60 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 provides information to make the right decisions, together with clients, at the point of care. 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. HealthPathways content is developed collaboratively by general practitioners, hospital clinicians, and a wide range of other health professionals. You do not have to be a clinician to access the wealth of information. Each pathway is evidence-informed, but also reflects local reality and patient choice. Steve will introduce the broader application of HealthPathways and then demonstrate  specific sexual health pathways, including Contraception options, Sexually Transmissible Infections, Transgender Health & Gender Diversity.

Register here or cut & paste the URL https://www.stickytickets.com.au/0CNXD


Nitty Gritty

We’re pleased to announce we’re bringing The Nitty Gritty: Specialised Reproductive and Sexual Health Training for Youth Workers to Warilla in April.

Do you work with young people in a youth service or community setting and are unsure how best to talk with them about sex and relationships? If your work focuses on young people from a variety of backgrounds, The Nitty Gritty is the right training for you!

What will the course cover?

The Nitty Gritty will help you support young people to develop positive attitudes and make informed decisions about relationships, sexuality and sexual health. The Nitty Gritty is an engaging one-day course designed by Family Planning NSW, and funded by NSW Health (this means there is no cost to register for this course).

The content will include:

  • Defining and negotiating consent
  • The low-down on STIs
  • Contraceptive options and considerations
  • Communicating with young people about reproductive and sexual health
  • The Nitty Gritty also provides targeted and culturally sensitive messages for:
  • Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Young people with disability
  • Young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual people

What do people say?

Past attendees of The Nitty Gritty courses said I feel confident, informed and equipped on how to communicate with young people on these topics. Participants also said the course was fun, informative, and interactive, and felt passionately genuine.

Family Planning NSW educators offer a blend of information, activities and video content, and provide each attendee with a workbook containing valuable resources.

Where will it be?

We’re bringing The Nitty Gritty to Warilla at Southern Youth and Family Services on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.

Can’t make those dates? We’re also coming to:
Springwood            Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Richmond               Thursday, 25 February 2021
Taree                       Thursday, 18 March 2021
Bellingen                Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Lismore                  Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Warilla                    Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Gosford                  Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Kogarah                 Tuesday, 8 June 2021

The Nitty Gritty training course will run from 9:00 to 5:00 at each of these locations.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Sign me up!

To register, click the button above, or this link here. For more information about The Nitty Gritty, email education@fpnsw.org.au or phone (02) 8752 4300 and press 1 for Education Services.


Yarnin’ about Hep C

A webinar for Aboriginal workers.


Would your service like to make a  Condom Couture art piece for Youth Week 16th-24th April 2021?

We are seeking expressions of interest from services who work with young people in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven to create a 2021 condom art piece. Scroll down for details.

 We provide:

  • A mannequin
  • Condoms
  • $100 Spotlight gift voucher
  • Two HARP team members will come to the group for 2 x 30 minute consecutive education sessions, covering topics such as contraception, condom use, consent and chlamydia.
  • After the session we will take part in the making of Connie/Connor and have incidental chats on topic.

Your service and the group of young people provide:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Construction
  • The art piece takes longer than 2 hours to complete. We recommend about 8-10 hours being the average time for completion.
  • Some inspo from previous years here.

Please reply to this email by Friday 12th March if you are keen!


Sexual Health

Click HERE to order 144 free condoms for your service from Play Safe Pro. Or copy and paste the URL https://pro.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au/order-resources/

In 2020 the Play Safe ‘Get Free Condoms’ campaign rolled out with a series of 7 designs. See them all in the file below

We now have hard copy A3 (297mm X 420mm) posters available for your service. Want some? Just fill out this form and we will hand deliver them.

Limited stock. Maximum of 5 posters per design.


How to Dirve the Caddyshack Website

Registrations are now open for this webinar.

Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 10.00am for 45 minutes.

In this webinar we will unpack features of the Caddyshack Project website to make it more useful. Find out more about the Illawarra Shoalhaven Condom Dispenser Project. Visit each recommended link and find out why we selected them. Have a look at the Blog topics and tell us subject areas that you would like to know more about. Explore our free resources in more depth.

Register here or cut & paste the URL https://www.stickytickets.com.au/EQZ4I

www.caddyshackproject.com