New Psychologist!

Picture1The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre are very happy to announce we have a new psychologist working at our Centre. Jeanette Hindmarsh will be taking appointments on Fridays and will bulkbill with a Careplan.

Please call 0413 504 235 to book.

Jeanette has been working as a Counsellor since 1989 and a Psychologist since 1994.  She is very experienced domestic violence and sexual assault counselling, alcohol and other drugs and generalist counselling. Jeanette  works with adults and is interested in working with those experiencing grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual assault and abuse, stress, life transitions and relationship difficulties. She enjoys working with women of all ages offering a holistic approach to wellbeing using CBT, ACT mindfulness and life skill strategies.

Illawarra Forum Issues Paper

The Illawarra Forum, being the peak body working for community service organisations in the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven supports community organisations, promotes expertise and innovation in community development, fosters industry development and advocates for social justice.

In their role as peak body the Forum consults regularly with the sector to keep abreast
of current and emerging issues and as such has developed and sent an issues paper to all candidates in local electorates for the 2015 NSW election.

Issues Paper Mar 2015

The Forum has also asked them to respond to 4 questions:



  1. What is your position on the value of local place-based community services organisations?
  2. How will you work to ensure more social and affordable housing in your electorate?
  3. How will you work to build long term job opportunities for the region?
  4. Will you push for greater access to affordable transport in your electorate?

 Responses will be made available to Forum members.

Illawarra Interagency | Meetings

The next Illawarra Interagency meeting will be Thursday 2 April at Wollongong Council, Level 9 meeting room, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

The primary purpose of the Interagency is to provide a forum for service providers to build relationships and work collaboratively to improve outcomes for the Illawarra community.

Membership of the Interagency is open to anyone with an interest in supporting the well-being of people who live, work or play in the Illawarra Region.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  •  Community organisations
  • Community groups and associations
  • Services clubs
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Churches
  • Government agencies
  • Local Members of Parliament (MPs)

What an Interagency meeting agenda includes:

Update from Regional Peak Bodies

  • RDA Illawarra
  • Illawarra Forum

Flash Mob Project or Issue Pitch

A 5min spot to get up and ask for help or support from Interagency members for a project or issue. Opportunity is then made available during the Information Share to speak in more detail with those interested in assisting.

’10 minute challenge’ – Project showcases, updates and idea pitches

Two 10min guest speakers on a topics or services relevant to Interagency members. Would you like to give a 10min talk? Please get in touch with us either or

Information Share/Think Tanks 

Group sessions to share information, share, connect and discuss issues.

The Illawarra Forum Conference; ‘Success …or Something Like It’

Picture1The Illawarra Forum Conference; ‘Success …or Something Like It’ will be held on the 10th & 11th March 2015 at The Pavilion in beautiful Kiama.

The conference will build on the last two conferences in which we explored the status of our Industry, and addressed the challenge of establishing ourselves as an equal partner in the economic and social future of the region

Now it’s time to take a look at Success and what it means.

We are extremely proud and excited to bring a stellar line up of speakers including:

  • Hon. Kristina Keneally  – first female Premier of New South Wales
  • Kathryn Greiner AO – Former politician, community leader and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing
  • Brian Smith – CEO Local Community Services  Assoc
  • Greg Peel – CEO Community Sector Banking
  • Julie Foreman- Executive Officer, The Tenants Union
  • ..and many, many more

The conference also provides an opportunity to explore the actions from The Roadmap for the Future of Community Services in the Illawarra:

This event will be a must for leaders from the community, government, and business sectors, as well as managers, board or committee members, and staff from non-government organisations, and students hoping to join the industry.

Registrations are now open, and I urge you to register attendance as soon as possible; as places are limited. More details, and registration link here.

ASK Illawarra Shoalhaven

ASkWhat is it?

Ask Illawarra Shoalhaven is a community day of engagement to be held on Thursday 12th February 2015. On this day hundreds of volunteers from across the region will be out in their communities asking community members to share their views on the kind of community they want to live in.

Volunteers will be in community centres, parks, shopping areas, on the streets and anywhere that people gather. The information gathered from community members will:

  • start a new style of ongoing conversation with communities;
  • be gathered and then analysed by a researcher;
  • used to inform the development of strategies that best meet the wants and needs of communities across the Illawarra Shoalhaven;
  • augment and enhance existing community engagement processes used by local governments in developing community strategic plans.

We are encouraging individuals, groups, business and organisations across the Illawarra Shoalhaven to get involved in Ask Illawarra Shoalhaven, in the following ways:

  1. Volunteering your time
    We are looking for volunteers of all ages, cultural backgrounds and experiences from communities across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to give at least one hour of your time on Thursday 12th February 2015. On the day we ask that you work with someone else to survey community members using four set questions. You can ask people you work with, in public places, in a group you are part of, anywhere in the local area. We are also looking for volunteers to type up the information we receive so that it can be analysed. You will need to participate in a 1 hour training session in your local area between 2nd – 6th February 2015, details of which will be provided by the contact people below.
  2. Being a part of the conversation
    On Thursday 12th February 2015, look for a volunteer in your community with the #ASK identification, have a chat with them and share your views on the kind of community you want to live in.

Who is organising it?

Led by the Illawarra Regional Community Development Consortium, neighbourhood centres and community organisations across the Illawarra Shoalhaven will be recruiting and supporting volunteers, hosting the training and collecting the information gathered.

Where can I get more information or sign up as a volunteer?


Elizabeth Brassaud, Bulli Community Centre | 4284 7006 |


Michael Szafraniec, Careways Community | 1300 307 902 or 4262 1918 |


Sharon Parker, North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre | 4237 8422 |


Maxine Edwards, Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services | 4421 5077 |

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