The Deaf Society | Auslan Courses

1Sign Language classes Term 4 - Message (HTML)Want to learn Sign Language??

Exciting news…We have 2 courses to choose from in our local area. We need more people to learn Sign Language as we approach the NDIS.

Option 1 | ‘Sign Language 1’

Runs at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre starting on 12th October for 7 x Monday nights, 6-8pm.

This is an introductory basic Sign Language course for anyone (over 14yrs, 9months) For more information please have a look here and click on Sign Language 1.

You can call our Student Support Officer Rachael on 02 8833 3604 or email her at with any questions.

Sign Language classes Term 4 - Message (HTML)Option 2 | ‘Certificate II in Auslan’

The first time we have offered an Accredited course in Auslan in this area. You will get a ‘Certificate II in Auslan’ at the end of your course. It starts on 23rd October in Kiama.

We are excited to announce that we will be offering the Certificate II in Auslan in 4 new locations! 

Auslan or Australian Sign Language is the language of the Australian Deaf Community. It’s a unique and rich visual language. The course is taught by everyday users of Auslan who will share the nuances of this beautiful language in a fun and supportive environment. In Certificate II you will learn to communicate visually using gestures, body language and facial expressions.

Starting on Friday, 23rd October 2015, the course is delivered in our innovative blended learning model which allows you greater flexibility. The theory component of the course is completed online at your own pace while the language component is completed face-to-face over six weekends.

Certificate II enrolments close at 5pm, Sunday 18th October 2015. For more information about the course, locations and timetables visit our website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Student Support Officer, Rachel on or 8833 3604.


HSNET Directory

logoCapacity Management & Broadcast Referrals now available

Don’t know if your service is listed in the HSNet Directory? click here to check

Capacity Management
Have you wanted to quickly check if a service is accepting new clients? Do you want to attract new NDIS funded clients, or clients for a newly funded service?
The HSNet Service Directory gives service providers the opportunity to display their service capacity using a traffic light system:

  • Green – appointments welcome.
  • Amber – call for availability.
  • Red – at capacity.

Services can also add additional instructions via a ‘free text’ field eg. Four week wait period applies, program hours available.

If you would like to display and manage your capacity information for one or all of your services please complete the Capacity Management Registration form (also available from the Capacity Management menu).

Broadcast Referrals
Referral enabled services will now be able to send a referral to 2 or more services with the same service type (eg. 2 or more accommodation services). Broadcast referrals assist the sending service to receive action for their referral quickly as multiple services are alerted to the client’s needs. Once a service accepts the referral, all other versions sent will be marked complete.

Further information

If you would like further information about Capacity Management or Broadcast Referrals please contact HSNet on 02 9765 5260 or email

The Deaf Society | New Home

The Deaf Society (South Coast office) is looking for a new home. We have been on the South Coast for approximately 7 years providing Deaf Society Services to the local Deaf Communities.

We would like to rent an office space within another local service (in the Shellharbour – Warrawong area, possibly Wollongong if needed).

If you have a space which may be appropriate for us, please contact Sara on or mobile 0406 940 899.

We are happy to have a chat with anyone, and answer any questions which may help us to find a place where we can continue to provide our service to the South Coast Deaf Communities.


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.

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



What’s on @ Illawarra Women’s Health Centre | February 2014

Special Events @ IWHC

Hold the date!

We are proud to be launching the Koori Women’s Group Healing Hearts DVD

Thursday 3rd April – more details to come!

Problem Gambling – workshop @ Bellambi

An estimated 2.2 million Australians experience moderate to severe problems caused by gambling.

For every person with a gambling problem, it is estimated that an additional 5 to 10 people are adversely affected by their gambling.

Do you know someone that gambles or gamble yourself and want help? Come to our free session on Wednesday February 5th at 10.00 am, @ IWHC 12-14 Belfast Street, Warilla

Click here for more information

Koori Women of the Illawarra – Group Meeting\

You are invited to attend our first Koori Women’s Group yarning table. Your knowledge and ideas are valued and we encourage you to have input into the direction of this new exciting group.

Friday 7th February, 10am-2pm, @ IWHC 12-14 Belfast Street, Warilla

Contact Janelle Brow  4255 6800, Sylvia Campbell 0412 129 017 or Jaz Tighe 0432 799 498 for more information and to let us know if you are coming. Lunch is provided.

Click here for more information

Australian Bush Essences – Introductory Course
A beautiful course run for any woman interested in natural healing. This is for complete beginners and starting with the basics you will end a confident and competent flower essence practitioner.

Saturday and Sunday 22nd – 23rd February @ IWHC 12-14 Belfast Street, Warilla
$295 with a payment plan option. $245 early bird is paid before 7th Feb. Groups discounts

Call Julia Burdock on 0400 420 643

Koori Women’s Cooking Program

Join our FREE cooking program! Learn about nutrition, get better at cooking and have some fun!

Starting 7th March (then 14th, 21st and 28th) @ IWHC 12-14 Belfast Street, Warilla

Call Kyarna Cruse on  4220 7688

Supported by Heart Foundation and Medicare Local

Regular events @ IWHC

NEW!  Jewellery Making Classes
Coming along and learn to make your own jewellery.
Fridays 9.30am-11.30am Starting 14 February 
$5 including supplies.  No need to book, just come along!
For more information call Sonia on  0405 942 482

NEW!  HeartMoves
Heartmoves is a gentle exercise program providing a fun, social and safe way to be activity.
Fridays 12 – 1.00pm Starting 14 February 
$4 a class. Please call 4225  6800 to book.

10am-12.30pm – Women’s Circle – meditation, group discussions, card readings, mini Reiki sessions (no cost, all welcome meets every Monday) Starting 3rd Feb

10am-11am – Yoga – great for seniors ($8 a class) Starting 4th Feb
11.30-2.30pm – Craft Connections FREE Started
12:30 pm-2pm – Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls ($10 a class, call Elizabeth 0430999570) Started
3.45-4.45pm – Strength & Conditioning Started
7pm-9pm – Belly dancing ($12.50 a class) Starting 11th Feb

11am-12pm – Tai Chi for beginners ($7 a class) Starting 4th Feb
1-2pm – Strength & Conditioning Started
2pm-4pm – F.M.S – Fibromyalgia Support Group (meets last Wednesday of the month, entrance via rear door of Centre)
6pm-7.00pm – Drumming – beginners (for more information contact Elena 0408 111 093) Starting 29th Jan
7pm-7.00pm – Drumming – beginners (for more information contact Elena 0408 111 093) Starting 29th Jan 

10am-11am – Seniors Exercise class  $7 Starting 13th Feb
10am-11am – Guided Relaxation class (including Meditation) – gold coin donation Starting 30th Jan
1pm-2pm – Guided Relaxation class (including Meditation) – FREE Starting 9th Jan
3.45-4.45pm – Strength & Conditioning (call Tamara Carmody on 0451955609) Started
For further information on any of the above classes please call 42556800 or reply to this email.
Our rooms are available for free of charge for women’s groups to meet – contact us at the Centre if you have further inquiries.

Special health care services @ IWHC

Below is a list of some of our services @IWHC that we’ve decided to highlight this month.
CALL 42556800 for appointments unless alternate mobile number is provided below

COMING SOON! Dietician/Nutritionist and Acupuncturist….details in next What’s on@IWHC

Psychologist (Desley Hennessy) by appointment 0412 123 293 (Bulk billing available with a mental health plan)
Homeopath (Helen McGuire) by appointment 0407 840 387
Naturopath (Amanda Howe) by appointment 0411 217 768
Massage by appointment 4225 6800

Psychologist (Desley Hennessy) by appointment 0412 123 293 (Bulk billing available with a mental health plan)
Lomi Lomi massage (Hawaiian) by appointment 4225 6800

Bowen Therapist (Deb Salvesen) by appointment 0439 493 513
Bowen Therapy is a gentle, relaxing technique that provides relief for many types of injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic.

9am-4pm Counsellor (free of charge for all women)
9am-4pm Massage Therapist (Linda Fenech) by appointment 42556800

9am-4pm Counsellor (free of charge to all women)
9am-4pm Massage Therapist (Linda Fenech) by appointment 42556800

Free legal advice
Provided by a lawyer from the Illawarra Legal Centre
2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month
Appointments essential – call 42556800

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is located at 2-14 Belfast Ave, Warilla.
P | 4255 6800