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.



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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



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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



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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