Connie Condom Dress | Expression of Interest

Connie Condom Dress is an annual youth arts project now in its 7th year of operation in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

A group of young people work together to make a dress out of condoms aligned with National Youth Week Activities.


Would your organisation like to submit an Expression of Interest to create Connie Condom Dress this year?



If you are keen to create a Connie Condom Dress at your service, school or organisation please submit the attached

EOI form and return to the HARP Unit by Friday 27th March.



Click here to see Connie Condom Dress being made in 2014:


Connie has made it to various media outlets around the world, here is a sample of her reach locally and in the UK and Italy.


CaddyShack | Project Clips

Check out the brand new CaddyShack Project clips from our recent Summer Tour!

This year we not only asked young people about their experience of being involved in the CaddyShack Project’s Chlamydia screening activity, but also what sexual health means to them, their experience of sex ed, as well as some fun stuff J

Look out for more clips coming out over the next few weeks. They’ll also be posted on our facebook page (search thecaddyshackproject) and on our Youtube channel.

Here’s the first clip – “What does sexual health mean to you?”

Thanks to the HARP Unit ISLHD, Healthy Cities Illawarra & the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service for coordinating the Project activity, Alex & Daniel at Xander productions for assisting with the film clips, Kiama Youth Centre, Ulladulla Youth Centre, Shellharbour Council Youth Services, and all the young people involved for making the Project so successful!

For more info on the CaddyShack Project and its activities, contact Marty on E:

CaddyShack Award Winners

To our valued colleagues in the Health, Youth, Education and Community Services Sector.

Congratulations to all individuals and services who were nominated for the inaugural 2014 CaddyShack Awards. We were overwhelmed by the response, and the number of  individuals, services and projects dedicated to improving the sexual health and well-being of individuals and communities across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven! We thank you for the great work you are doing, and encourage you to keep up the effort.

It is with great pleasure the HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Unit, ISLHD, in partnership with Healthy Cities Illawarra and the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service announce the winners of the inaugural CaddyShack Awards!

The CaddyShack Award Categories

  • Outstanding achievement – Individual Award Winner: Anthony Scerri, Multicultural Communities Council Illawarra (MCCI)

The CaddyShack Awards judging panel were impressed by Anthony’s commitment to incorporating sexual health into health promotion programs for young people over many years, particularly given some of the challenges that are faced when working with a variety of groups from a diverse array of cultural backgrounds.

  • Outstanding achievement – Service Award Winner: CHAIN Youth Health Service

CHAIN have also been working to improve sexual health for young people for many years. Over the past 12 months they have implemented a new ground-breaking program whereby young people can get a Chlamydia screen anytime during CHAIN’s opening hours. The program – a partnership with Illawarra Sexual Health Service & ISLHD Youth Health has been a great success, with the potential to be piloted in youth centres in other settings through the region.

  • Outstanding achievement – Project Award Winner: IDAHOT Project Nowra

The IDAHOT Project – a partnership between Headspace Nowra, the Shoalhaven Youth Reference Group, Nowra Queer Straight Alliance, acon, Hyper Hyper Coffee & others – coordinated an event to celebrate gender and sexuality diversity in the Nowra CBD in May 2014. The Judging Panel considered this another example of important work to promote acceptance of diversity and inclusivity, and improving sexual health and well-being of the community. We hope the event can continue and grow!

  • The CaddyShack Innovators Encouragement Award Winner: African Youth Project

This project – a partnership between The Future of the Children Ministry and First Step Program – engages with young people from a range of African communities in the Illawarra through sporting and other activities, building in subtle and supportive messaging promoting sexual health in a holistic and strengths-based approach to health and well-being to young people. We love their work!

Award ceremonies are scheduled to present the Awards to individuals and services this week.

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

Would you LIke to Host Connie Condom Dress?

For the past 6 years for National Youth Week the HIV & Related Programmes Unit(HARP) from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District have put out an Expression of Interest to youth services to create a dress made out of condoms, which has affectionately come to be known as ‘Connie’ over the years.

This year HARP supplied a $100 Spotlight gift voucher, the model and condoms and the young people at the Thirroul Youth Centre supplied the creativity, design and construction.

See the making of Connie Condom 2014

Would you like to host Connie Condom dress at your service or organisation? The team from the HARP Unit will deliver, set up and pack down Connie if you can provide a space for her that is seen by plenty of people for a 2 week period of time at your organisation.

Please return the EOI form below to by Friday 25th July

Connie Condom Dress EOI form

HARPs intention in displaying Connie is to raise awareness of condom usage and encourage young people to visit sexual health clinics and GPs for testing. We hope to spark interest in and create an environment whereby Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) can be discussed, accepted and ultimately prevented without fear, myth, stigma or discrimination.  Such an open atmosphere will be a key to reducing the risk factors for HIV and STIs in the future.