Community and Connection

Free Help Sessions

Tech and Tea Go

Corrimal Library

14 and 28 September

Free Dropin Sessions – to book ring us or the library 4227 8179

Albion Park Library

14 September and every 2nd Wednesday

10.00am -11:30am

Woonona Bulli RSL, Princes Highway Woonona

Weekly on Thursdays 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Fairy Meadow Community Centre, Guest Park

Weekly on Fridays 10.00am – 11.30am

Unanderra Community Centre, Cnr Princes Highway and Factory Rd

Weekly on Mondays 1.30 – 3.00pm,

!!!  Please Note there will be no Sessions in the week of 19 to 23 September because of disruption of the bike races


TAFE NSW Community Connections Morning Tea

You are invited to our inaugural Community Connections Morning Tea.  

Connect with the TAFE NSW team, local education partners, industry and your local community. Network with like-minded individuals in the training and education space.

We look forward to hosting this special morning tea on our campus grounds at TAFE NSW Wollongong.  This will be an opportunity to find out more about what is happening with TAFE NSW in the Illawarra and explore ways to collaborate in supporting our local community.

Date and time

Friday 16 September 2022

10:30 am – 11:30 am AEST

Optional Campus Tour of TAFE NSW Wollongong at 11.30 am.


Location

TAFE NSW – Wollongong, Foleys Lane, Wollongong NSW 2500



Employment and Training

Illawarra Multicultural Services

Positions Vacant


First Aid Course

Wednesday 14th September at Kiama

Places for anyone needing to complete their First Aid Certification.

Please follow the link below to enrol for call Reception on 4232 1050 for more information.

https://kiamacommunitycollege.snapforms.com.au/form/ace-enrolment-form-


Email for more information: scott.michell@stridelearning.com.au



COVID

Health updates to keep your mob safe.

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on COVID-19 vaccines, and other health updates.

Welcome to the latest update for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households, communities and organisations. In this edition, find out about how you can keep your spirit strong, CAHMA’s Connection, read about long COVID and the Easy Vaccine Access (EVA) and more!

COVID-19 oral treatments

COVID-19 oral treatments are now available to people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.

These COVID-19 treatments can be taken at home and can help reduce your symptoms, to ensure you don’t need to go to hospital.

Watch a video here with Dr Lucas de Toca as he talks about COVID-19 oral treatments, including who is eligible, when to take them, and how to access them in rural or remote areas.

For more information visit the Department of Health and Aged care.

Long COVID

COVID-19 can cause some people to experience long term-health problems after getting infected. This is called long COVID. It causes people to feel unwell for many weeks, or months, even after they no longer have the virus.

There is evidence that COVID-19 vaccines help reduce the chance of long COVID. Keeping up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from long COVID.

For more information, visit the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Easy Vaccine Access (EVA)

The Easy Vaccine Access (EVA) service helps you to book a COVID-19 vaccination. Simply message the EVA call back service on 0481 611 382 between 7 am to 10 pm (AEST), 7 days a week.

All you need to do is send a text with ‘Hey EVA’ to 0481 611 382.

For more information, visit the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Keep your spirit strong

During COVID-19 many people face challenges that have impacted their mental health. The ‘Keep Your Spirit Strong’ project aims to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders take important steps to ensure they are prioritising their social and emotional wellbeing.

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care has developed a range of resources to highlight the importance of mental health and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing.

For more information, visit the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

The Connection

The Connection is the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA’s) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service run by and for the Indigenous community.

The Connection is run by an Indigenous team who understand the cultural needs of the community. The Connection staff work across all CAHMA’s programs and services providing additional cultural support and awareness to treatment paths.

For more information visit the Department of Health and Aged care.

Updated COVID-19 vaccine resources available

Some information resources have been updated to include new information about ATAGI recommendations about the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for some children aged 6 months to 4 years. There is also updated information about vaccine doses and COVID safe behaviours:

Common questions – a fact sheet containing common questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Living with COVID-19, Rapid antigen tests, Third and fourth doses, General COVID-19 vaccine information, Children, youth and COVID-19 vaccines, Reasons to get vaccinated – suites of social tiles with updated information and new tiles included.

Visit the Department of Health and Aged Care website for all of our communications resources, including resources for vaccine providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.



Sexual Health

MPXV (Monkeypox) Vaccinations: Information for LGBTQ+ communities in NSW

This email contains information about the MPXV vaccine and a link to NSW Health to register your interest in the vaccine.

ACON is providing frequently updated information to help our communities make informed decisions. You can access that information here.

NSW Health is providing vaccinations for community members at particular risk of exposure to MPXV in metro and regional NSW. The vaccine that will be offered to community members is the JYNNEOS smallpox vaccine, which is the latest vaccine available to provide protection against MPXV.

Currently, there is significant global demand and health authorities are working hard to secure more vaccines. An initial supply of JYNNEOS received in NSW in August has been used. Up to 30,000 more doses are expected at the end of September and 70,000 doses in early 2023.

To register, follow the link to NSW Health below. If eligible, you will be contacted by NSW Health as more vaccine arrives in NSW in September 2022 and early 2023.

If you have already registered your interest, there is no need to register again. NSW Health will be in touch as more vaccine becomes available in NSW if you’re eligible.

Register your interest online via NSW Health (link below). Please note: completing the form does not guarantee vaccine access.

Those determined to be at high risk will receive a clinical assessment to determine their eligibility for the vaccine at this point in time. Please be patient as health authorities work through vaccine distribution. As more vaccines become available, more people will be able to get access to the vaccine.

It is important to be remain self-aware of your health at all times, including after being vaccinated. If you develop any symptoms, particularly an unusual rash,

lesions or sores, seek medical advice immediately. Call the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 or call your GP or local sexual health clinic via phone or telehealth.

ACON, along with other community partners, is supporting NSW Health and our communities during the MPXV vaccination program.

ACON are continuing to work with NSW Health towards facilitating greater access to vaccines that protect against MPXV.

Register your interest for the MPXV vaccine via NSW Health

Or cut & paste this URL https://www.stitest.org.au/


Enter the competition to win this surfboard!

Text ‘Share Affection Not Infection’ and your postcode to Caddyshack Project 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

Zach Bennet Brook from Saltwater Dreamtime 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.

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.