Would you like to host the Aboriginal Surfboards?

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.



The HARP unit invite you to display the boards at your service or organisation for a two week stay.

All you need is a highly visible, safe area to display the surfboards to your clients or the wider public, giving them a chance to go into the draw to win by texting ‘stay safe’ to the HARP Unit.

HARP will securely install and remove the surfboards.

This EOI will close Friday 2nd December. Hosts will be advised week commencing 5th December.

If you are interested, please email Natalie.Beckett1@health.nsw.gov.au or jennifer.farinella@.health.nsw.gov.au

World AIDS Day | 1 December 2016

03 lighthouse 2012It is time to remember those who have died and to show support for the 35 million people who are living with HIV around the world.

HARP invite you to the illumination of the Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse on Saturday 28th November

The Red Ribbon is the symbol for World AIDS Day which is recognised annually and internationally on December 1st.



Free Aboriginal Sexual Health Resource

Joke 2 JokeDoes your service have Aboriginal Clients?

The popular resource Play Your Cards Right has had another print run and HARP have plenty to give away.

Play your cards right is a set of playing cards which contains sexual health information.

The messages are universal and can also be distributed to a wider audience.

If your service would like to have some of these cards please email: jennifer.farinella@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au or call 4221 6740

Youth Worker Sexual Health Survey

The HIV and Related Projects Unit (HARP) are conducting a survey to determine the needs of community workers in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regarding youth sexual health.

This is an anonymous survey and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

The data collected from the survey will inform HARPs capacity building efforts and ensure that our resources, information and future training are relevant and accessible to the local youth sector.

The survey will close on Friday 5th September.

Click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=XiFnWY%2fOht%2byKx98fv9I%2fm5aU8nqSK0qK6G8tBxQd6o%3d

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 Jennifer.farinella@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au 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.


Valentines Day | Share Affection not Infection

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.

Love blindNOWRA

Love blindWGONG

Will you get more than roses

NOWRA Will you get more than rosesWGONG

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