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




Life Happens

A new game ‘Life Happens’ that aims to explore relationships, sexuality and sexual health and get young people talking, is now available to order.

‘Life Happens’ costs $88.00 each, including postage to Australian destinations & 10% GST for Australian customers.

‘Life Happens’ uses a life-size human body template and a series of scenarios and challenges to guide its characters through a relationship or navigate a sexual health issue. The characters are not assigned a gender, it is up to the participants to decide which gender they want the character to be.

Check out the ‘Life Happens’ Life Cards designed by UOW’s third-year graphic design students(attached). Participants are able to discuss the risks and issues and pose hypothetical questions without feeling as if their own vulnerabilities are being laid bare.

Created by Associate Professor Kate Senior, from University of Wollongong’s School of Health and Society, in collaboration with the HARP Unit,  ‘Life Happens’ is a unique, interactive way of helping young people aged 15 to 25 to break down the barriers often associated with life happening.

If you would like to secure a game(s) please fill out the attached order form and return to:


Introducing the Play Safe Forum

The Play Safe website from NSW Health has just launched a new sexual health discussion forum for young people aged 15-29 years. The Play Safe Forum is a place where young people can anonymously submit questions to the resident sexual health expert, Nurse Nettie, as well as chat to their peers about sex, relationships and everything in between.

The Play Safe forum aims to demystify and destigmatise sex, sexual health and sexuality concerns, to help young people get the information they need to have safer sex. Through encouraging positive and open discussion between peers and sexual health professionals, Play Safe aims to increase condom use and testing for STIs.

Check out the Play Safe forum at and please promote the forum to your youth networks.


Play Safe Volunteers


Do you love online communities? Do you love talking about sex? Do you love educating and supporting others?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be interested in an exciting professional development opportunity.

NSW Health is looking for volunteers to help moderate a new, interactive, online community for people aged 15-29 to ask questions and receive information about safer sex, STIs, and contraceptives.

We’re looking for a few young men and women with excellent communication skills, who are comfortable talking about tough subjects, and a have a couple of hours to spare each week to apply to become volunteer moderators.

You’d be part of the community management team helping create a fun and safe space by:

  • responding to users
  • starting new conversations
  • hosting community events
  • approving, editing, or deleting user comments in line with the Community Guidelines

Your Commitment: As all Play Safe volunteers will receive ongoing training and mentoring, this opportunity is a 12-month commitment where you’ll be volunteering for a minimum of two hours and up to four hours per week.


To find out more and apply, grab your CV and references, and head over to or if you have any question give Gemma Hearnshaw a call on 02 9382 7528.


Youth Week 2016

Youth Week

Did you know…?

  • Approximately ¼ of Year 10, ⅓ of Year 11 and ½ of Year 12 students have had sexual intercourse?
  • Research shows that talking about sex does not encourage young people to experiment sexually.
  • Young people need balanced and accurate information that helps them to make informed choices rather than be pressured by others.
  • You can help by including sexual health activities in your Youth Week 2016 plans.

Sexual health activity ideas for Youth Week 2016

YOUTH WEEK Play Safe Activity Ideas.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Sex, Safe and Fun | Family Planning NSW

Family Planning NSW is excited to announce the launch of its updated workshop ‘Sex Safe and Fun’. This half-day workshop is designed for workers who support people with intellectual disability to assist them to use the Family Planning NSW easy English health resource, ‘Sex Safe and Fun’, in order to deliver positive and safe sex messages.

There is an upcoming workshop to be delivered in Wollongong. \Details are as follows:

Workshop | Sex Safe and Fun

Date | 18 June 2014

Time | 10:00am-3:00pm

Location | House with No Steps, 102 Auburn Street Wollongong NSW 2500

Cost | $150

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Participants are also invited to be part of a focus group to evaluate Family Planning NSW’s new Sex Safe and Fun resource suite.

The focus group will take approximately 30 minutes, and will begin immediately after the conclusion of the training session. Participation is voluntary and your time would be greatly appreciated.

For further information, or to register, please go to our website at