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:

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,

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

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kezia Blackledge, Public Health & Intelligence Officer, via email: 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

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 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

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

Sexual Health

HIV testing is easy and confidential. An early diagnosis means a long and healthy life.

Ask your doctor for a test today and keep living well.

HIV 101 Webinar

Places are still available for the HIV 101 Webinar.

Thursday 10th December 10.30am-Noon on Zoom

Amidst all that’s happened in 2020, it’s important for us to keep HIV on the agenda. HIV 101 is a webinar designed to inform or refresh your knowledge on HIV. This webinar will cover a brief history of HIV, discuss the importance of prevention, the types of prevention available in Australia, as well as testing and treatment options.

We invite you to join Josef Garrington, ACONs’ Southern Regional Health Promotion Officer and Naomi Viret the Health Education Officer from the Caddyshack Project, as they take you through HIV in an interactive and thought provoking way.

Click HERE to register or copy this URL below:

Latest blog from Caddyshack Project!

Go to the blog on ‘Going Red and making an impact’ with our fabulous guest blogger Josef Garrington from ACON. Here’s the URL to copy & paste if that’s easier:

Sexual Health

Registrations are now open for the HIV 101 Webinar.

Thursday 10th December 10.30am-Noon on Zoom

Amidst all that’s happened in 2020, it’s important for us to keep HIV on the agenda. HIV 101 is a webinar designed to inform or refresh your knowledge on HIV. This webinar will cover a brief history of HIV, discuss the importance of prevention, the types of prevention available in Australia, as well as testing and treatment options.

We invite you to join Josef Garrington, ACONs’ Southern Regional Health Promotion Officer and Naomi Viret the Health Education Officer from the Caddyshack Project, as they take you through HIV in an interactive and thought provoking way.

Click HERE to register or copy this URL below:

And the winner is…

The fifth annual Caddyshack Awards honoured  and acknowledged services and individuals who responded and continue to respond in providing accessible services to their clients during these challenging times with the ‘Cool Bananas Award’.

The 2020 winners are…

Gemma Hartmann: Gemma is an RN at Shoalhaven ED who sought out assistance from the Illawarra Shoalhaven sexual health service to provide education to the Shoalhaven ED team on HIV and Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). Gemma wanted the general community, but in particular the LGBTQ+ community to be more welcome. As a major advocate, Gemma has encouraged her fellow ED staff to get up to date with STIs and HIV. She has created a tub with resources, making it easy for ED staff to provide PEP to clients and which tests need to be done.  Gemma has even come into ED on her days off to be with staff form the sexual health clinic who provided in-services so she could show staff where to access HIV medication and information in their ward. Continuing on, Gemma’s next project is to create a small card to go on staff ID lanyards for PEP and STIs.

Dr Megan Thomas: Within a week of arriving at Woonona Medical Practise, Dr Megan Thomas delighted the practice manager and receptionists by knowing all the practice policy and procedures, thrilled the practice owners with her dedication and clinical acumen, and impressed the patients with her dedication and care. Within a month Dr Thomas had educated the practice owners and staff about some of the important issues within the LGBTIQ community and helped the practise become part of the ACON “Welcome Here Project.” Dr Thomas addressed the whole practice when Best Practice upgraded the demographics section of Best Practice software to ensure that our team was competent to document the correct gender pronouns. Dr Thomas is one of only two prescribers in the Illawarra of gender affirming hormone therapy for Trans and gender diverse patients. She has a lovely empathetic manner and also provides this group of patients with much needed emotional and social support. What is even more impressive is the training for this was undertaken while studying for her GP exams. Lastly Dr Thomas established the gender affirming therapy policy and procedure and webpage for the practice website and she has also written her own care plan templates on Feminising & Masculinising Hormone Therapy. Her enthusiasm and passion for this field of medicine has enabled her to quickly establish rapport with her patients and give them much needed confidence during the very challenging period of their therapy. More recently Dr Thomas has completed her 6 month extended skills placement in Sexual Health and has been able to educate our team on important relevant policies and procedures whilst working in this hospital position.

Rebecca Kate: Alesco Illawarra is a registered and accredited non-denominational, independent secondary school, operating under the auspices of WEA Illawarra. They have campuses in Wollongong, Bowral, Nowra and Vincentia, NSW. Rebecca from the Vincentia branch is excellent at her job which offers small, flexible, learner-centred education environments for young people in Years 9-12. Kate turns up every day with a smile and a lot of passion for what she does! No word of a lie Kate uses the phrase “Cool Banana’s” on a regular basis around the kids and staff. It has become a bit of a running joke and some well needed positivity that whenever something good happens a young person will let Bec know that it is “Cool Banana’s”!

Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service: ISLHD Targeted Clinical Services, which includes Sexual Health, Women’s Health & Youth Health Services, were quick to adapt to the evolving worldwide pandemic in 2020 by responding to the “new normal” of restrictions that impact on our day to day delivery of services. Staff including a Staff Specialist, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Social worker were asked to join the Public Health Unit to respond to the pandemic locally. The staff have extensive experience in the management of infectious diseases along with the skillset of contact tracing and worked tirelessly in supporting the district’s Public Health response to COVID-19 while also supporting the COVID testing clinics. The rest of the team collaboratively worked together to provide innovative solutions to service delivery to ensure the continuation of safe high quality care to patients across the district. The resilience displayed by staff throughout these challenging times has been inspiring and has influenced an effective change in practice including delivering educational and teaching modules online, digital and virtual communications and connectedness. A surprising outcome identified throughout the pandemic is how the team have strived tocare for each other to ensure that the many changes on their professional and personal life has not impacted on them in a negative way and ensuring the health and safety for all.

Congratulations again to all winners, and nominees. We are honoured to be able to showcase your work, and celebrate your achievements.

Sexual Health

Confidence, Clarity & Contraception Webinar

Registrations are now open for Confidence, Clarity & Contraception Webinar- Tuesday 10th November -10.00-11.30 am.

Contraception is an important and necessary part of life for many. Now more than ever, there are options available to suit everyone for every stage of life. Kaitlyn and Maddy from will unpack the Contraception Kit from Family Planning NSW which contains barrier methods, hormonal, non-hormonal and long acting reversible contraception.

Click HERE to register or

Once you have registered we will post you a pack with some goodies.

Free Condoms

Click HERE to order 144 free condoms for your service from Play Safe Pro or copy and paste the URL

Want to be this excited about stocking free condoms at your service?

*Jenny & Cath at Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre (total legends).

Join 76 other organisations in the Illawarra Shoalhaven and become part of the Condom Dispenser Project(CDP).

The Google map on assists people find your service and access free condoms from the Condom Dispensers, which we install and provide ongoing refills for. All for free!

In the 2019 evaluation of the CDP, 100% of clients had mostly positive comments about the project, and said that the CDP was easy to be a part of and want to remain part of the CDP.

Over 34,900 condoms were delivered in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven in 2019 via the CDP.

Copy & paste the URL if that’s easier to see the location map.

Sexual Health

Click HERE to get your free bag of 144 condoms for your service from Play Safe Pro.

 Or copy and paste the URL

Has a sexual health related topic come up amongst clients at your service?

  • Would you like to have up to date information on sexual health?
  • Want to know how to access free condoms and sexual health resources?
  • Would you like to be part of the Condom Dispenser Project?

We are offering 30-45 minute Get Frisky Not Risky as part of your team meeting,  planning day or scheduled sexual health session via Zoom. We can cover topics such as chlamydia, contraception & referrals.

Sessions are presented by Naomi Viret & Kaitlyn Middleton, Health Education Officers from the and are available on Tuesdays Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

See what other people say about our health education sessions.

Email or Kaitlyn. to book in!

Sexual Health

Did you remember to order more NSW Health Play Safe Condoms for your service?

Copy and paste the URL

Or click HERE to get your free bag of 144 condoms.

Tired? Sluggish? Low immunity? It could be Hepatitis C-Take the quiz and find out!

Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver that is transmitted when blood that carries the virus enters another person’s *bloodstream.

It often has no symptoms, but left untreated it can cause serious damage to the liver.

Click HERE to assess your risk. All information you provide is strictly confidential.

If your results show that you have been at risk of contracting hepatitis C you can print off your results and take them to the doctor to request a blood test for hepatitis C.

Treatment is simple and effective with over 90% cure rates with fewer side effects.

You can also test for Hepatitis C in the privacy of home by ordering a free NSW Health kit here.