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

The Indigenous Marathon Project

2015-12-07 09_45_15-IMF PosterA4 11-15 FA (2).pdf - Adobe Acrobat Reader DCApplications for the 2016 Indigenous Marathon Project Squad are now open.

The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) is an Australian health promotion charity. IMP has three main aims

  1. Use running as a vehicle to change lives
  2. Promote healthy and Active lifestyles throughout Indigenous communities nationally and reduce the incidence of chronic disease, substance abuse and suicide within Indigenous communities.
  3. To create Indigenous role models and inspire Indigenous people.

Every year we choose a squad of 12 young Indigenous Australians (6 men & 6 women) between the ages of 18 – 30 to attend a number of training camps throughout the year and study a cert III in Fitness. Depending on how they are tracking throughout the year in their training and their studies determines who makes the final squad to take on the biggest foot race on the planet – The New York Marathon.

Our applications for the 2016 squad are open and we are hoping to receive a record number of applications, just like we did this year. The Indigenous Marathon project is not a running program. It’s a social change program that uses running to show to young Indigenous Australians how incredible life changing achievements can be accomplished in a very short period of time through hard work and dedication. We are looking to recruit a squad of men and women who are passionate about being a role model for their community and assisting in spreading the benefits of living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Our squad members stay and train in their home communities throughout the year and come into camps 4 times for around 5 days each camp. All costs for the squad members are taken care of. To give you an indication this year’s squad had 2 people in it who had ever run in an event before. We took a squad of 10 to New York and all 10 completed the New York Marathon 25 weeks after they started running.

By completing such a feat our squad members return to community as local heroes who have achieved something incredible without having to move away from home. The community can relate to the person’s journey, struggle, effort and triumph because they have witnessed it for themselves right in front of them. It’s this effort and overcoming of adversity that proves to the rest of the community that you can achieve incredible things worldwide no matter where you live or what your circumstances are. Our squad members through the training and qualifications they receive throughout the year are then in a position to mentor other family and community members and assist them make healthier life choices to improve their circumstances.

Please find attached the information for the 2016 squad. I would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute this information to everyone and anyone. Applicants need to be 18 years old at the youngest or turning 30 next year at the oldest.

If you have any questions for concerns please do not hesitate to contact our office on 02 6162 4750.

Application letter

IMP Applications 2016


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

Illawarra Womens Health Centre Survey





The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is conducting a survey on how well our services meet our client’s needs.  The information collected on this survey will assist us to make improvements with the Centre’s services and activities. This information will also support us to apply for future funding.

The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is conducting a survey on how well our services meet our client’s needs.  The information collected on this survey will assist us to make improvements with the Centre’s services and activities. This information will also support us to apply for future funding.

This month we are inviting all of the Centres clients to complete our 2015 Client Survey. Clients will be able to complete this survey a number of ways:

  • Online: You can access this survey via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/585K7ML  
  • On paper: Complete a survey next time you are in the Centre, or contact us to have one mailed out.
  • Over the phone: We are happy to organise a phone survey. Please contact the Centre to organise a time that suits you best.
  • An interpreter can also be organised if needed.

As a small token of thanks all participants will have the chance to go into the draw to win a $100 Coles Myer Gift Voucher.  We also have one runner up prize of either a massage or reflexology session.
We highly value the needs of all our clients and would to like hear from you about your experience!