CaddyShack Awards

Nominations are now open for the annual CaddyShack Awards.


These awards have been designed to celebrate the achievements of local individuals and services working to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of clients and the community.

The Awards acknowledge and congratulate these individuals and services for the initiative and effort being made in this important area, and encourage sustained sexual health program activity.

Categories are:

  • Outstanding achievement – Individual Award
  • Outstanding achievement – Service Award
  • Outstanding achievement – Outstanding Project
  • The Caddyshack Young Persons Encouragement Award

Nominations close 11th November 2016




Caddyshack Summer Tour 2016

Picture1Caddyshack Summer Tour will be appearing at the following locations over Summer 2015/16!

  • Friday 4th December at North Wollongong
  • Friday 11th December  North Wollongong
  • Friday 8th January Thirroul beach
  • Friday 15th January Kiama beach
  • Friday 22nd January at Shellharbour beach
  • Friday 29th January at North Wollongong

What is Caddyshack? A mobile testing unit that visits youth events and places young people hang out to improve awareness of sexual health, especially Chlamydia. We are set up in a marquee which offers a test for Chlamydia as well as fun give aways. The test involves young people who consent to screening providing a urine sample which is delivered to the sexual health service in a confidential manner. Results are handled by clinic staff for follow up within a week.  When young people consent to having a test, they provide some brief information, including contact details and are directed to  local public toilets to collect their own urine sample. The mobile screening process is simple, discreet, and youth-friendly.

Who puts Caddyshack together? The HIV & Related Programs (HARP) Unit of Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), in collaboration with the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service and Healthy Cities Illawarra  have developed Caddyshack to meet the requirement for improved access for young people to Chlamydia testing.

Chlamydia infection often shows no symptoms, so most people are not aware that they have it. Undiagnosed and untreated Chlamydia can lead to serious infection, including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) in women. PID left untreated can result in increased potential for ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. Chlamydia can affect male fertility by damaging sperm and causing scarring in the reproductive tract which can lead to permanent infertility.

If you would like some printed posters of the Caddyshack Summer Tour, please contact the HARP Unit and we will post them out to you.

Check out our Facebook page to find out more and to go into to the draw to win a $100 Coles Myer voucher.

Caddy Shack Facebook


NSW Health Warns Of Deadly Lyssaviruses With Start Of Bat Breeding Season

With the start of the bat breeding season, NSW Health has urged people not to approach or handle injured bats and flying foxes to avoid the risk​ of exposure to potentially fatal       ly​ssaviruses.

So far this year, more than 300 NSW residents have been given rabies post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) following high-risk exposures to potentially infected animals. About one-third had been bitten or scratched by a bat in Australia, while the others had come into contact with potentially rabies-infected animals overseas.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases Branch, said there had been three bats confirmed with the potentially fatal lyssavirus in NSW this year.

“We are concerned that with the start of the bat birthing season, in October and November, young and miscarried pups may be on the ground, prompting people to pick them up or attempt to rescue them,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“Evidence of infection in several bats this year highlights the importance of avoiding bat bites and scratches. Lyssavirus infection can result in a rabies-like illness which is very serious and, if not prevented, is fatal.

“There have been three cases of lyssavirus in humans in Australia – all were in Queensland – and all three people died.”

Dr Sheppeard said the best protection against being exposed to lyssaviruses is to avoid handling any bat in Australia, and any wild or domestic mammal in a rabies-endemic country. This includes bats and wild or domestic dogs, cats and monkeys.

“People should avoid all contact with bats as there is always the possibility of being scratched or bitten and it leading to infection. You should always assume that all bats and flying foxes are infectious, regardless of whether the animal looks sick or not,” she said.

“Only people who have been fully vaccinated against rabies, use protective equipment and have been trained in bat handling should touch bats.

“If someone is bitten or scratched by any type of bat they should thoroughly clean the wound for at least five minutes with soap and water as soon as possible, apply an antiseptic such as Betadine and seek urgent medical advice.

“They may require a series of injections to protect against lyssavirus infection and the first two need to be given as soon as possible. It is important you seek advice from your GP or local public health unit regarding treatment.”

When a bat is injured or in distress, do not attempt to rescue it. Contact the experts at WIRES on 1300 094 737.

For more information, visit:

For your Local Public Health Unit, phone 1300 066 055.




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. 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