Sexual Health

When developing the Because You Care online training, we considered the importance of starting a conversation with young people around their sexual and reproductive health.

Those who have completed the training may recall the activity in the 3rd module, devoted to starting conversations.

A lot of us may think of this as the “birds and bees” chat or “the talk” and think of it as a one off conversation. In reality and ideally, these can be a series of short but ongoing discussions, at moments that are relevant to the young person and appropriate for their age and level of development.

There are some fantastic resources which can help guide these conversations. One of our favourites is “Talk soon. Talk often”. A resource designed to help parents, carers and workers navigate conversations around sexual and reproductive health with young people.

We love that there is also a culturally safe adaptation of the resource “Yarning quiet ways” and a simplified tip sheet in several languages. Another great source of sexual and reproductive health information, games, resources and factsheets is Play Safe Pro.

It can also be useful to use and make reference to movies, TV shows, song lyrics and hot topics on social media to start conversations with young people around their sexual and reproductive health.

Asking simple questions such as “what did you think about that” or “what would you and your friends do in that situation” can be non-confrontational ways to start a conversation.

The “Because you care” training module 3 addresses ways to start conversations and tips and suggestions for keeping the conversation going. The training is available online and Free!

Happy chatting!

If you would like any further information please contact Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Jason.VanRitten@health.nsw.gov.au


Women

80/80 for 2031

Domestic, family and sexual violence and abuse is a community-wide public health emergency.

It infects every aspect of life: our health and safety, education,employment, housing and life opportunities.

It impacts our children and tears our social fabric apart.

We all need to demand a safer Australia.

We need bold, focused and courageous action to achieve it. Our vision is that by 2031, Australia has reduced the 2021 rates of domestic and family violence by 80%, and 80% of women whohave experienced domestic and family violence-related trauma are properly supported to recover.

It is a vision of hope.

As community leaders, we call on all levels of Governments to aim for 80|80 in 2031.To achieve this, we want the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children to:.
80/80 in 2031


Employment and Training

Youth Worker Position

A Youth Worker position with Wollongong Flexible Learning Centre is now open for applications.

Details

  • Position: Youth Worker
  • Location: Wollongong NSW (Illawarra region)
  • Status: Full-time, on-going
  • Commencement: Term 1, 2022
  • Applications close 5:00pm, Thursday 9 December 2021

For further information, please contact Atesh Maharaj, Head of Campus with Wollongong FLC


Safety

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme is for adults who were sexually abused as
a child.

Call our team on 1800 843 929

Email info@wayfinderhub.com.au

You might get redress for what happened. You might get:
• Money
• Counselling
• An apology

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a disability rights, representative and advocacy organisation. PWDA’s Redress team are available to assist people with disability to access the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme. We receive funding through the Federal Government to provide confidential and free support for people with disability (including psychosocial disability/mental health issues) to access the Scheme, should they wish to.

The Scheme was set up in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and for eligible people offers: financial redress, counselling and psychological services, and the potential for an apology from the relevant institution. Across Australia we are seeking to form working relationships with organisations as well as working with people with disability. Our aim is to establish referral pathways, and offer services information and support in working with people who may wish to apply to the Redress Scheme.

We acknowledge the scheme is not highly advertised. One reason for this is due to the concern about possible trauma that advertising may cause a survivor. We have also found that this means that many people do not know their eligibility and are missing out. We prefer to work collaboratively with services and can provide guidance and advice in understanding how best to support people with disability access the scheme. We work this way so that people can continue to work with the services they know and trust and workers they are connected to, rather than discussing sensitive issues with a new service they do not know. We offer individualised presentations to services about the scheme, and are happy to discuss any issues, concerns and questions they may have. We also provide warm referrals to other redress services in regional communities, so we are also very keen to work with these services as well.

Please contact us if you would like any further information, would like us to present to your staff, or if you would like to talk with us about how we may be able to work together. Please find attached some brochures and information on our service. Also, you can find additional information about People with Disability Australia on our website http://www.pwd.org.au

Linda Wiseham

Project Officer and Advocate, Redress Project

0490 082 737

lindaw@pwd.org.au

Karen Kobier

Manager and Specialist Advocate, Redress Project

0434 692 845 karenk@pwd.org.au

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Disability

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme is for adults who were sexually abused as
a child.

Call our team on 1800 843 929

Email info@wayfinderhub.com.au

You might get redress for what happened. You might get:
• Money
• Counselling
• An apology

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a disability rights, representative and advocacy organisation. PWDA’s Redress team are available to assist people with disability to access the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme. We receive funding through the Federal Government to provide confidential and free support for people with disability (including psychosocial disability/mental health issues) to access the Scheme, should they wish to.

The Scheme was set up in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and for eligible people offers: financial redress, counselling and psychological services, and the potential for an apology from the relevant institution. Across Australia we are seeking to form working relationships with organisations as well as working with people with disability. Our aim is to establish referral pathways, and offer services information and support in working with people who may wish to apply to the Redress Scheme.

We acknowledge the scheme is not highly advertised. One reason for this is due to the concern about possible trauma that advertising may cause a survivor. We have also found that this means that many people do not know their eligibility and are missing out. We prefer to work collaboratively with services and can provide guidance and advice in understanding how best to support people with disability access the scheme. We work this way so that people can continue to work with the services they know and trust and workers they are connected to, rather than discussing sensitive issues with a new service they do not know. We offer individualised presentations to services about the scheme, and are happy to discuss any issues, concerns and questions they may have. We also provide warm referrals to other redress services in regional communities, so we are also very keen to work with these services as well.

Please contact us if you would like any further information, would like us to present to your staff, or if you would like to talk with us about how we may be able to work together. Please find attached some brochures and information on our service. Also, you can find additional information about People with Disability Australia on our website http://www.pwd.org.au

Linda Wiseham

Project Officer and Advocate, Redress Project

0490 082 737

lindaw@pwd.org.au

Karen Kobier

Manager and Specialist Advocate, Redress Project

0434 692 845 karenk@pwd.org.au


Diversity

Christmas Assistance

ACON has been supported by Multicultural NSW and partnered with multicultural LGBTQ community groups to provide assistance to members of LGBTQ multicultural communities who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Eligible community members from multicultural backgrounds will receive fruits and a non-perishable food hamper to provide some needed relief towards the upcoming festive season.

The hampers are distributed at the ACON office or delivered by ACON staff and volunteers.

Pick up (Surry Hills) or Drop off dates: 

Tuesday 7 December and Wednesday 8 December, between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The registration will be closed on Friday 4 December.

If you’re in need of food assistance, please fill the form via this link


Album Launch

SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS FROM ASIA PACIFIC

Dubbed as Sydney’s first multilingual and intercultural Christmas song album, this project showcases the diverse, creative multicultural and multilingual communities in Sydney. Supported by the City of Sydney’s Matching Grant program, this project features eight vocalists, Kiarateuila Lattimore (Samoa), Peter Lazaro (Indonesian), Jinky Marsh (Filipino), Kumi Matsuda (Japanese), Loma Schaaf (Tongan),  Radhika Sukumar-White (Tamil), Ruci Tuiwai (Fijian) and Cynthia Su (Mandarin).

Join us for a special celebration of Christmas in the Asia Pacific, of unique sounds and stories in the launch of a groundbreaking community music album project!

Date: Friday, November 26, 2021
Time: 8.00pm – 9.00pm (AEDT)
BOOK ONLINE:
bit.ly/SoundsChristmasAsiaPacificLaunch
PRE-ORDER:
bit.ly/SoundsofChristmasOrderForm

WEBSITE:https://linktr.ee/SoundsChristmasAsiaPacific
Producers: Kevin Bathman & Benjamin Oh 

Musicians: Jeremy Koay, Peter Lazaro, John Hoac & Grace Song 

Assistant Producer: Bibiana Peter
Audio Engineer: Karna K. (Million Masters) Illustrator: Freda Chiu


Food and Housing

Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW

The Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) is the NSW government approved dispute resolution scheme for electricity, gas, and some water customers. Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON).

EWON’s services are free to customers and their advocates. We are independent, that is, neither an industry or consumer advocate. We investigate and resolve complaints based on laws, codes and regulations, and good industry practice to achieve fair and reasonable outcomes.

In addition to complaints management, EWON identifies, investigates, and resolves systemic issues arising from complaints and, as a result, influences government and regulator policy development through engagement and formal submissions. We also have an extensive community outreach program and conduct other awareness raising activities

These activities help us educate consumers, their advocates and community workers about energy and water issues, such as rebates, changing retailers, saving energy, payment plans and their rights and responsibilities. They also provide us with an opportunity to learn about the issues affecting consumers firsthand.

We are currently offering virtual information sessions about energy and water, which cover support available for those experiencing financial difficulties and other issues generally or in relation to the COVID-19 situation.

Please let me know if a tailored information session would be helpful for your organisation

  • How EWON can help
  • What rebates and concessions that your clients may be entitled to?
  • How to shop for the best price or change retailers
  • How to be energy efficient
  • What are your responsibilities and what are the energy providers responsibilities?
  • Where to go for help or advice (EWON).

If your organisation produces a newsletter, we have developed a series of basic energy and water articles to assist consumers understand their rights and what to do if they are having difficulties with their energy and (some) water retailers.

The articles are written in a basic easy to understand format and cover high and estimated billing, payment issues, where to go for help and energy and water savings and much more etc.

If you would like these articles sent to you each month for your newsletter, please respond to this email and we will facilitate this.

In addition, you can subscribe to our newsletters or order publications from this link Publications and submissions (ewon.com.au)

Julie Bye | Community Engagement & Investigations Officer

Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW

0448 106 682

julieb@ewon.com.au

ewon.com.au