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 https://www.stitest.org.au/


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.



Sexual Health

Wear it Purple Day

Would your service like to make a  Condom Couture art piece for *Wear It Purple day on the 26th August 2022?

We are seeking expressions of interest from services who work with young people in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven

to create a 2022 condom art piece. Scroll down for details.

* Wear It Purple Day is all about celebrating and supporting young LGBTQIA+ people, and challenging societal attitudes to help shape a better world for us all to live in.

We provide:

  • A mannequin
  • Condoms
  • $100 Spotlight gift voucher
  • If the outfit is robust enough, we can take it on tour, acknowledging your creative work OR you can keep it. Totally your choice!

Your service and the group of young people provide:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Construction
  • From previous years’ experience we recommend about 8-10 hours being the average time for completion.

With over 5,000 views, watch our most popular YouTube video “The Making of Connie Condom Dress” by the Northern Illawarra Youth Project in 2014.

Email Jennifer.Farinella@health.nsw.gov.au by Friday 12th August with your design plan.

Successful & unsuccessful services will be advised Monday 15th August.


Sticky Stuff Webinar

Registrations are now open for Sticky Stuff Webinar

Tuesday 23rd August 2022

10.00am start for 3 hours

This is  a free webinar designed for people who work with young people. Sticky Stuff aims

to increase confidence, knowledge and skills of participants on the subject area of sexual health

by providing workers with tools, valuable tips and activities to support young people.

Sticky Stuff is a collaboration between Yfoundations, NSW Health’s STI Programs Unit & NSW Sexual Health Promotion.

Sticky Stuff is delivered by Megan Hall online to 30 locations across NSW annually.

*Megan is driven to provide holistic health information and practical solutions to ensure that participants feel prepared and comfortable to open up the conversation of sexual health with young people. Megan comes from a nursing background, having spent 3 years working in the area of sexual health. Before this, she worked with children and young people in many different capacities, as an Indigenous Group Training Consultant, a Boarding Supervisor at a Residential college and an

Outdoor Education Instructor. Regardless of her role, Megan has always been passionate about empowering individuals to challenge themselves.



Sexual Health

On the Caddyshack Project YouTube channel!

The Talk Soon Talk Often series is LIVE

This month we are featuring the topic:

Fundamentals – Sexuality, Self-Esteem & Healthy Relationships (watch time: approx. 11mins)


The Female Condom Bundle Offer!

The Female Condom is an internal condom about 15 centimetres long with rings at both the top and bottom.

The inner ring is enclosed and inserted inside the vagina towards the cervix (similar to inserting a tampon). The muscular walls of the vagina hold this ring in place. The outer ring sits outside the vagina and covers the vulva which prevents the condom from being pushed inside the vagina. The internal condom is latex free and made from polyurethane or nitrile. Another benefit to nitrile is that it can be used with all types of lubricants. Unlike other forms of female contraception, such as the pill, the internal condom offers physical protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) as well as unplanned pregnancies.

If your service already provides male (external) condoms, consider adding Female (internal) Condoms to complement what you currently make available for your clients.

The Female Condom Bundle Offer for your service!

Delivery of 25 internal condoms (more if required) along with an inflatable O-Cube which is designed to demonstrate how the internal condom is used (pictured above) & a ten minute “How To” on Zoom with our Health Promotion Officer Naomi Viret, during business hours Monday-Thursday. We will also give you some Caddyshack Merch.

Please reply to this email if you would like The Bundle!


Indigenous Surfboard Competition 2022

Virtual tour for NAIDOC week – text your entry!

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

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.



Sexual Health

Indigenous Surfboard Competition 2022

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 and involved in water-based activities. 

You can check out more of his fantastic work here.

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

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.


Sexual Health

HIV Testing

When HIV is diagnosed early, effective treatments mean that it is possible to live a long and healthy life with HIV.

We encourage everyone who may have been at risk of HIV to ask their health professional for a HIV test.

For a free, easy, private and accurate way to test, order the NSW Health HIV test online.

The test is delivered in the mail and results are sent by text, email or over the phone.



International Student Hub

The International Student Health Hub features ACON on the Safe Sex & Sexual Health page with:

LGBTQI+ Health, Sexual Health & HIV Support

ACON are here for community health, inclusion & HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders.


Sexual Health

NSW HIV Testing Week

The first week of June 2022 is NSW HIV Testing Week, which aims to encourage regular HIV testing.

This year, NSW Health wants to remind our communities that testing for HIV is still important.

When HIV is diagnosed early, effective treatments mean that it is possible to live a long and healthy life with HIV. We encourage everyone who may have been at risk of HIV to ask their health professional for a HIV test.

For a free, easy, private and accurate way to test, order the NSW Health HIV test online.

The test is delivered in the mail and results are sent by text, email or over the phone.



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