Advocating for your community

Wednesday 6 February, 10.00am AEST

2019 will no doubt be an interesting one in politics and one we want to help you capitalise on!

A key role of government in Australia is to advocate on behalf of their residents for the improvement of services, infrastructure and amenity especially when these resources are the responsibility of the State and Federal Governments or other third-parties.

Hear from from Sid Wynen, Team Leader Engagement, Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations at the City of Casey and Dinuki Scharenguivel, Engagement Manager at Bang the Table, on how the City of Casey conducted its biggest and most successful advocacy campaign, securing $1 billion dollars in the lead up to the November 2018 Victoria State Election.

In this webinar you will learn how to build a strategic approach to developing an advocacy campaign, ways to bring your community to the centre of prioritising issues, strategies for executing a methods based approach to defining priorities, tips to consider when designing a campaign and ways to measure and evaluate your campaigns.

This session is highly recommended for advocacy officers, community engagement practitioners and communications professionals.

First Step Program Bus Tour

Registrations are now open for the First Step Program Bus Tour, Thursday 14th February 2019 from 10.00am till 2.00pm.

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       Meet First Step Program, Port Kembla Hospital, Fairfax Road,   Warrawong.

10.00am       Depart for Hill 60, Port Kembla

10.45am       Warilla Community Health Centre

11.45am       The Wollongong Hospital Automatic Dispensing Machine

12.00             Orana Centre, Wollongong site visit

1.00pm          Darcy House, Port Kembla site visit & lunch

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

Click here to register or Google First Step Program, Bus Tour February 2019. Places are limited.

What other people are saying about the tour:

  • Can I just say WOW!! What an amazing experience!! Thank you for this fantastic bus trip!
  • I liked the way you challenged people’s perception on Methadone use.
  • I find that this style of learning has so many benefits as opposed to the traditional sit in a room watching a PowerPoint presentation learning. It has had a strong impact on my understanding and perspective on the many issues that are faced by clients of the drug and alcohol service.
  • I thought it was very insightful, interesting and valuable for both my future practice as a social worker but also just for my overall knowledge
  • Loved every minute of it! Very informative and a great opportunity to speak with other people working in the field.
  • The First Step Program bus tour was excellent – loved it!

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

Creating Synergy Drugs and Young People — Care • Collaboration • Compassion

6 – 7 June Wollongong

The Creating Synergy is a biennial conference that highlights a range of innovative work in prevention, early intervention, treatment and health promotion currently implemented by the health, welfare and education sectors to support people who use drugs or alcohol.

The 2019 conference  will showcase evidence-based best practice when working with young people. It will present updates on research and policy that underpin the work of alcohol and other drug clinicians, outreach workers, treatment officers, peer workers treatment concerned with minimising the harms of alcohol and other drug use among young people in our communities.

The conference boasts an amazing mix of excellent keynote and concurrent session speakers and presenters.

Creating Synergy 2019 will also feature two concurrent full day Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday 5 June

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the Thriving Adolescent- Dr Joe Ciarrochi

Creating Collaboration for Change- Dr Coralie Wales, Dr Kia Wallwork & Kerrie O’Leary

The Creating Synergy Committee welcomes you to join us in at the Creating Synergy Conference in June 2019.

Register or Submit an Abstract NOW

We look forward to supporting you and improving outcomes for young people who struggle with drugs or alcohol and their families.

Illawarra Women’s’ Health Centre


Learn stretch and self-massage techniques that can improve your flexibility, posture and circulation, reduce your risk of injury, and relieve muscular tension.

Morning tea provided
Friday 1st February 
9.30am -12.30pm


Would you liked to meet new people while learning healthy & budget-friendly cooking skills

Cost: $4
Starting Tuesday 12th February for 12 weeks.
10.00am – 1.00pm


Learn about the benefits of essential oils in your home or for your health. Learn to make an after sun lotion using Aloe Vera.

Cost: $10 
Wednesday 16th January 
6.00pm – 8.00pm


Self Esteem & Communication is an 8-session group for women who wish to develop their self-confidence, communication skills and conflict resolution abilities. Cost: FREE
Starting Monday 11th February
for 8 weeks
10.00am – 12.30pm


To discuss menopausal symptoms, new treatment options and how to manage this time of life. 

Cost: Free
Thursday 28th February 
9.30am -12.30pm


Come along and learn new skills and meet new people at the same time.

Cost: FREE
Next Date: Wed 23rd January
10.00am – 11.00am

To see our full list of groups please click here.

Please call to confirm date and times of groups before attending for the first time on 4255 6800 or email   

Health Care Services

A Women’s Health Doctor is available for consultations and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

We also have the following health providers at the Centre;

  • Dietitian                                          
  • Generalist Counsellor
  • Domestic and Family Violence Support Worker         
  • Psychologist                                    
  • Young Women’s Social Worker
  • Social worker                         
  • Phone Counsellor [1800 82 55 44]
  • Massage Therapist                                           
  • Reflexologist

We have psychologists and social workers that are specialised in trauma, domestic violence and sexual assualt.       

Please contact us for more information on making and appointment and costs. 4255 6800

Talk Soon Talk Often

Registrations are now open for Talk Soon Talk Often at the Nan Tien Institute 9am till 12 Noon Tuesday 12th February 2019.

Sometime parents and carers can be so concerned about getting it right, perfectly right around sex that they end up saying nothing at all. Young people today have to navigate and negotiate a lot more around sex than ever before.

Talk soon. Talk often is an information session with Naomi Viret, Sexual Health Education Officer from the HIV & Related Programs (HARP) Unit and Noeline Bedford, Clinical Nurse Specialist, from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book Talk soon. Talk often.

Click here to register or Google ‘Talk soon Talk often’ Wollongong February 2019.

*Please note the that this event will be filmed by local Wollongong company, Xander productions to share with our partners on Norfolk Island.

Please let us know if you do not wish to be filmed.

What other people said about the day:

  • Excellent training. Informative and interactive.
  • Great speakers. Very open.
  • Very well done, clear concise information.
  • Great information. Learnt a lot. Thank you J
  • Greatly appreciate the expertise of the sexual health workers. Definitely gained a better insight into sexual health.

Paul Irish | Hidden in Plain View and Where they Traveled Exhibition

Saturday 2 February 2019, 2.30pm @ the Kiama Family History Centre

Paul Irish is a historian and archaeologist who has researched the Aboriginal history of Sydney for more than 10 years and is the author of ‘Hidden in Plain View : The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney’.

Hidden in Plain View tells the powerful story of aboriginal lives in the nineteenth century that was largely ignored in colonial narratives, the book winning the Regional Community History Prize at the 2018 NSW Premier’s History Awards.

The book shows that Aboriginal people never disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century as is often assumed. Instead they lived across colonial Sydney and interacted with its residents and economy, often in unexpected ways. They also travelled to nurture family connections along the coast beyond Sydney, including south to the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

Copies of the book will be on sale.

Dr Irish will talk about his book and will also introduce us to the exhibition in the Library ‘This is Where They Travelled : Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney’, created with researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community, which maps the lives of a number of Aboriginal people with connections to coastal Sydney in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

The exhibition will remain open for the month of February.

As will again be standard for the year, entry will be by donation of $5 for members, $8 for guests.

After the talk afternoon tea will be provided upstairs in the Library where members and friends will see the new exhibition. We are very happy to be joined by Kiama and District Historical Society (KDHS) for this event, which will be a most interesting and enjoyable afternoon.

Women’s Wellness Festival

Unpack Your Health – What does Healthy look like?

Thursday 21st March 2019 at the Nowra Showground

The festival feel is back…this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever.

Extending to 7 pm there will be lots of opportunity to  learn about the health but also enjoy music and fine food.

Please see below stall holder registration forms  for services and food stall holders …applications need to be in by February 15th