Substance Use and Sex Study – for young people over 18


We’re developing a new way of working to measure risk behaviours in substance use treatment within a harm reduction framework (the Substance Use Sex Index [SUSI]) .

If you are an Australian resident aged 18 years or please click here to complete a brief online questionnaire on sex and drug-taking.

We require 400 people to take the questionnaire and 100 of these people to retake it after 3-5 days with a $20 grocery voucher incentive for doing so.

There is a lot of information about the study on the website ( but please ask me if there is anything else you’d like to know! I’ve attached a facebook post to give you an idea.

ASIST Suicide Prevention Training


Lifeline South Coast is pleased to be offering a two-day ASIST suicide intervention training course in Wollongong on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September 2018.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. In ASIST, participants learn to apply a suicide intervention model. It helps caregivers recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide; explores how to connect with them to clarify that risk and increase their immediate safety; and link the person with further help. Virtually anyone aged 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver and learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide.


Date:            Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September 2018
Time:            9am-5pm both days
Venue:          Wollongong
Price:            $400 per participant (plus GST) must be paid before attending training

More info:     at the Lifeline South Coast website

All training material will be supplied.

Catering is provided.

We would appreciate it if you could please forward this information on to others who you feel may also be interested in attending the workshop.

ASIST Training registration form 6-7.9.2018

LLSC ASIST information sheet – Wollongong

Please direct any enquiries to Donna at

First Step Program Bus Tour

BusRegistrations are now open for the First Step Program Bus Tour, Thursday 13 September 2018 from 10.00am till 2.00pm.

First Step Program intend to continually improve the way they relate to other services and increase staff knowledge around the issues of Drugs and Alcohol,

trusting that this opportunity will address gaps in networking and referrals between services.

The bus tour gives participants an on the ground view of the current situation around drug use and Blood Borne Infection(BBI) transmissions.

It provides an opportunity to dispel myths and “get the real story” on such a hidden, sensitive, and not often talked about area.


09.45am          Meeting at First Step Program, Port Kembla Hospital, Fairfax Road, Warrawong.

10.00am          Depart for Hill 60, Port Kembla

10.45am          The Wollongong Hospital Automatic Dispensing Machine

11.15am          Rawson Street Centre, Wollongong site visit

11.45am          Warilla Community Health Centre

12.15pm          Darcy House, Port Kembla site visit

12.45pm          Darcy House for lunch

Cost is $15.00 which goes to Darcy House for lunch.

Click here to register or Google ‘Sticky Tickets September FSP Bus Tour ’.

Places are limited.

What other people are saying about the tour:

‘I wouldn’t change anything about the tour except make it longer!’ ‘The entire concept is great’  ‘An amazing way to challenge your personal views and opinions’ ‘Whens the next one?

First Step Program is a free and confidential blood borne virus prevention service In the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area. The service provides clean injecting equipment, free condoms as well as support and referrals in all matters of health and welfare including detox and rehabilitation.  First Step Program provide outreach services and education on HIV,

Hepatitis A, B and C and waste management of used syringes to individuals and groups.

A collaborative initiative between First Step Program HARP, & Healthy Cities Illawarra

2018 International Day of People with Disability | Calendar of Events

Each year a Calendar of Events is produced to promote activities held across the Illawarra (Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven) to celebrate and acknowledge International Day of People with Disability.

This year the calendar will cover events held between Monday 19 November to Friday 14 December 2018. Events will reflect the interests and resources of participating organisations.  Previous years’ events and activities have included:

  • Surfing, Sailing and Bowling activities
  • Art and Photographic Exhibitions
  • Promotion of achievements of people with disabilities in the community
  • The list is endless …

Each participating organisation will be responsible for the coordination and management (including costs) of their event / activity and will be required to maintain public liability insurance to the value of $10,000,000.

To have your event listed in the calendar, please complete the attached form and return it, with a copy of your Public Liability Insurance by Friday 21 September 2018.

Participating organisations are encouraged to include an electronic photograph or image that you would like promoted alongside your event. If the image is of a person the consent form needs to be completed and returned indicating that you have consent from all the people photographed/ included in the image for inclusion in the calendar as well as consent from the photographer for use of the photo.

A master copy of the calendar will then be forwarded to organisations for printing and distribution to their members. Promotion of the event in the calendar does not preclude your organisation from further promoting your event locally. Wollongong City Council will also be printing off some calendars again this year. To order some copies please call Sarah on 4227 7184.

For more information on planning an event to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities go to:



University of Wollongong Questionnaire |people who are unable to return to their usual work as a result of injury

This research project is being undertaken by Ross Girdler (PhD Candidate), Dr Shanaz Bakand, Dr Robyn Coman, and Dr Mim Fox, from the School of Health and Society at the University of Wollongong.

This research is concerned with helping people who are unable to return to their usual work as a result of injury.

We would appreciate your assistance in this research by answering some short questions about yourself.  Your response will be completely anonymous unless you elect to give consent to providing us with your contact details. Any information you provide will be kept securely stored to ensure that everything you disclose remains absolutely confidential.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ross Girdler

Click here to take the questionnaire.