Diversity

Queerstories

ACON and the Wollongong Art Gallery are proud to announce an evening in Wollongong, celebrating Pride Month and intergenerational queerness as we hear the stories from some of our elders.

Date and time Fri., 17 June 2022 -6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEST

Location- Wollongong Art Gallery – 46 Burelli Street Wollongong, NSW 2500

Tickets $20


Sexual Health


Indigenous Surfboard Competition 2022-entries now open!

We are honoured to introduce this year’s Indigenous Surfboard Competition with artwork provided by Zach Bennet Brook from Saltwater Dreamtime.

Zach is an Indigenous man of Torres Strait Islander heritage & an award winning artist. Born & growing up in Dharawal Country,  Zach has  always been surrounded by the water & involved in water-based activities.  You can check out more of his fantastic work here.

From Zach: Design wise I decided to paint a style I call Travelling. The artwork features a number of circular sections which in my work represent groups of people and family. I have connected each of these groups together through thick lines highlighting the travelling aspect and how we are all connected.

With this year’s NAIDOC Week theme being Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up, I thought the artwork I painted plays nicely to this as it highlights the importance of working together and shows unity. Colour wise I decided to go with a super bright and vibrant background in Pinks, Purple and Yellow with a bold Black and White line work design over the coloured background.

If you would like to enter the competition to win this surfboard text ‘Share Affection Not Infection’ and your postcode to us on 0434 568 233.

You will get a reply confirmation text. Enter as many times as you like.

The winner will be drawn 1st December to acknowledge World AIDS Day.

See previous years surfboard tours here & T&Cs


Training and Employment

Certificate III In Individual Support | CHC33015

Don’t miss this fee-free* training opportunity which includes local work placement experience!

Qualified aged-care workers are needed now and into the future to provide the support and quality of care required for our ageing population.

This course is the perfect entry point into this rewarding career.  You will gain the skills required to operate effectively as a care worker, assistant in nursing in a residential aged care facility or as a community care worker. 

Graduates experience high employment rates as aged care workers are in demand. 

We offer unique training opportunities both in the classroom and through 120 hours of work placement experience and training at Illawarra aged care facilities.

You do not have to source your own work placement experience – we do that for you! 

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) CHC33015

Commences: 20 June 2022
Duration: 27 weeks, Mon & Tue 9am-3.30pm
Location: Kiama
Cost: Free-Free* Talk to us about your funding eligibility.
Includes: 120 hours of work placement. Local options are available.

Contact us to register your interest.

For more information about the course or to enrol, please click the links below or call (02) 4232 1050

* This program is fully funded by the NSW Government under the Job Trainer initiative for eligible students. This also includes eligible students that may currently be employed. Job Trainer is an Australian Government Initiative.

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Express Your Interest


Disability

Invitation to join Community Voice Network

My name is Jess Eggins, I am the Project Officer for the disability sector in the Community and Industry Engagement team from the NSW government.

I work in the Better Regulation Division (BRD) where we work across the regulatory bodies – including NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW. Our focus is to reduce community harms for the consumer, and in the workplace.

I am writing to invite you to be part of the Community Voice network (CV-net). The aim is to reduce community harms, particularly those that are prominent in our most vulnerable communities, including people from multicultural backgrounds, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.

This is beneficial so BRD can hear of the issues occurring from the community directly and we would also like to offer to be the local issues or escalation point to connect with the regulators if needed.

Through the CV-net we want to work with you to identify existing and emerging harms and develop workable solutions. Together we will broaden the reach of BRD harm minimisation programs and campaigns to educate and protect communities. The network will improve pathways for community feedback, and participation in the regulatory process.  

Network membership for community groups and intermediaries is offered at two levels: 

  • Informed Members are kept informed with news and information from across the three regulators that may be relevant for their communities or sector.  

 Members are encouraged to take part in polls, surveys, submissions etc, and to inform BRD of any risks or harms emerging in their sector.

  • Involved Members take a more active role, including contributing to the  development of content and the delivery of harm minimisation initiatives 

 To take part in this initiative please refer to the Terms of Reference and Fact Sheet attached.

The sign up process takes about 5 minutes of your time, there is no cost involved and you can find the membership form here.

We are planning our next disability sector meeting to be held 26 May 2022 and will be featuring guest speakers from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and regarding Fair Trading’s, talkin’ together resources for working with people with disability.

Please feel free to share the information within your network and other organisations you think would find the Community Voice Network beneficial especially organisations working with our multicultural communities, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.   

I look forward to discussing with you further to explore how we can work together in partnership with CV-net.

I can be contacted on (02) 9566 8665, return email or at jessica.eggins@customerservice.nsw.gov.au


Sexual Health

Caddyshack Project

Caddyshack Project have been running The Condom Dispenser Project (CDP) since2013.

We install condom dispenser(s) at community organisations & health services & supply refills.

The project aims to create an open atmosphere & supportive environment that makes condoms available where they are most needed.

Find all 80 services that are part of the Condom Dispenser Project in the map below.


Women

Who cares about women in this election?

Meet the Illawarra Federal candidates and find out where they stand on issues critical to women

Vote with the right information! 

Please join us for this impoartnt forum, in person or live streamed on the Illawarra Mercury Facebook page (save the date!). 

When:     Thursday 12th May @ 6.30pm
Where:    Essay Café & Conference Centre
               11-13 Burelli Street Wollongong, (parking accessible from Stewart Street).

Moderator: Gayle Tomlinson – Editor, The Illawarra Mercury 

FREE: with finger food supplied.

To register, click here

Click on the survey link to let us know your concerns and questions: https://bit.ly/3EJvBPt

About this event

Women Illawarra, Illawarra Women’s Health Centre and The Housing Trust invite you to attend our community forum

Representing Women: Our Federal Candidates on Women’s Issues.

Candidates from the Cunningham and Whitlam electorates have been invited to present their party positions on issues that critically impact women, such as safety, gender pay gap, childcare, employment opportunities, retirement income, women’s health services and affordable housing.

There will also be an opportunity for questions from the floor.


2022 Illawarra Women’s Health Centre Dinner!

Join us for a fabulous night for a feminist cause!

We’d love for you (and your friends) to join us for a night of fun and feminism, whilst we raise much needed funds to support women.

This year we will have performances by Arunima Gupta (winner of Stars of Wollongong 2021) and Mel James as MC with more exciting names to be announced!

We are also thrilled that Lo Roberts is returning so you can dance the evening away! 

Saturday 18 June 2022, 6:30pm 
City Beach Function Centre
1 Marine Drive, Wollongong
 
MC: Melinda James
And as always, there’ll be delicious food, an auction and much fun with friends, old and new.  
 
Tickets – $130 per person
Cost includes canapes on arrival, 2 course meal and drinks

Places are limited and will sell out fast so make sure you get in early to avoid disappointment! 

Please click here to book & join us for a great night!

*For any dietary allergies or seating requests, please email us: info@womenshealthcentre.com.au


Young People

Beacuse you care

We developed the free Because You Care online leaning module for foster carers, as there are very few specific resources for carers around sexual health and relationships available.

But!!

The online learning module content is still relevant to a much wider audience such as youth workers, community services, teachers, & parents or anyone connected with young people & interested in sexual health, relationships or trauma informed practice.

You can access the training in the following places:

https://pro.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au/training/

https://www.myforeverfamily.org.au/events

If you think of someone who may find the training useful please share this email.

If you would like any further information please contact

Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Jason.VanRitten@health.nsw.gov.au