After an extremely popular tour in 2016 with over 3000 entries, the Aboriginal surfboards tour is returning next year between January to July 2017 and winners will be drawn on the 5th July during NAIDOC week.
The Aboriginal Surfboards continues to raise awareness in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven around sexual health & blood borne infections while offering the opportunity to win the surfboards.
The surfboards will feature art work by Zachary Bennett-Brook, who creates his own style which best represents his culture, his passions and himself.
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.
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.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and HARP would like to extend the offer to your service to take a moment and consider how your service might be able to assist in raising awareness and preventing the spread of Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) in a way that is easy for your service and achievable for your community/clients.
In order to assist to reduce the spread of Sexually Transmissible Infections, HARP invites you to please consider printing out the Valentine’s Day fliers below promoting local sexual health clinics for your area. If you do not have access to a printer, we can print and post some out to you.
Let’s Share affection not Infection on Valentine’s Day.
For further information please contact the HARP unit. Treatment information in this article kindly provided by the STI Programmes Unit a state-wide service. http://www.stipu.nsw.gov.au/ The data within this article may be subject to revision and has been reproduced here with the approval of the Director, Public Health, NSW Health Service-Health Reform Transitional Organisation-Southern