Food and Housing

Did you know at any given time, approximately 21,600 Illawarra residents face food insecurity, meaning they are not able to access food that meets their health and cultural needs? Meanwhile, tonnes of edible food end up in landfill every week.

 

Food Fairness Illawarra is calling all (food) businesses of the Illawarra to start donating their surplus food to one of the local food rescue and relief organisations. 

Saving quality excess food will not only save the environment and reduce waste disposal costs, but greatly assist the people in our community that need it!

How you can help:


Women

Women’s Health Clinics

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Women’s Health clinics now providing:

  • Breast checks
  • Cervical screening
  • Contraception advice
  • Pregnancy testing and information
  • Screening for Sexually Transmissible Infections(STIs)

By Clinical Nurse Specialist Women’s Health Lizz Gerlowska

To make an appointment clients can self-refer by:

Calling 0401991684

OR email Lizz on Bogumila.Gerlowska@health.nsw.gov.au

At the following locations:

ServiceWhenLocation
Health One Ulladulla3rd Thursday of every monthCorner South Street & Princes Highway Ulladulla
St Georges Basin Community Health Centre3rd Monday of every month21 Meriton St, St Georges Basin  
East Nowra Hub1st Monday of every second month 117 Douglas St, Nowra  
Shoalhaven Women’s Health Centre  2nd and 4th Monday of every month5 McGrath Ave, Nowra
Wollongong Community Health Centre2nd Tuesday of every month341 Crown St, Wollongong


Sexual Health

Youth Empowerment Tool (YET)

Registrations are now open for the online launch of the Youth Empowerment Tool (YET)

Wednesday 21st April at 11am for 45 minutes.

This online tool has been designed to empower young people to engage with health professionals and to increase their knowledge around sexual and reproductive health.

The YET will officially launch as part of Youth Week April 2021 featuring:

  • Stuff to know before you go-accessing a health professional, obtaining a Medicare card and bulk billing
  • Going for an STI test-what’s involved in going to a health professional for screening
  • Knowledge is Power- provides links to trusted and reliable websites

Hear about the project background, input from headspace Wollongong Youth Reference Group and the QR code that will take people to the online tool.

Register here or cut and paste the URL if that’s easier for you: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/5FI2I



Young People

Youth Empowerment Tool (YET)

Registrations are now open for the online launch of the Youth Empowerment Tool (YET)

Wednesday 21st April at 11am for 45 minutes.

This online tool has been designed to empower young people to engage with health professionals and to increase their knowledge around sexual and reproductive health.

The YET will officially launch as part of Youth Week April 2021 featuring:

  • Stuff to know before you go-accessing a health professional, obtaining a Medicare card and bulk billing
  • Going for an STI test-what’s involved in going to a health professional for screening
  • Knowledge is Power- provides links to trusted and reliable websites

Hear about the project background, input from headspace Wollongong Youth Reference Group and the QR code that will take people to the online tool.

Register here or cut and paste the URL if that’s easier for you: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/5FI2I


Community

If you only do one thing as a result of this newsletter, read the Communities in Control conference program, because this May we’re going to show how community groups can take charge with the theme: “Think Bigger: Fix Everything”. Too ambitious? We think not. There are 600,000 community organisations in this country. That’s some serious clout.  

Australians can cope with big problems. We’ve just done it. Our COVID-19 response showed we could halve poverty and homelessness. Why stop there?

After more than 20 years helping not-for-profits, we’re confident the community sector has the leaders, the knowledge and the connections to step up. This year you can be in the room, or join us virtually for our  most inspirational and mind-expanding event yet. The top talent includes:

  • Senator Penny Wong, delivering the Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration 
  • Burns survivor and athlete Turia Pitt, who reveals what it takes to defy expectations and rebuild your life 
  • Uncle Jack Charles, a Stolen Generation survivor and accomplished actor who overcame his demons to become a respected activist and mentor
  • Chart-topping ‘voice of a generation’ Mitch Tambo with a live performance
  • Award winning investigative journalist Jess Hill, whose chilling book See What You Made Me Do highlights our domestic violence crisis 
  • NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, who will use his vast experience as a government and third sector expert to predict our future.

That’s just six of 17 presenters in a two-day event that’s overflowing with inspiration designed to steer the world in the right direction. Be energised for action by a line-up that tackles leadership, gender, equality, activism, smarter thinking, economics, poetry, and the power of persuasion. 

Pore over the program and you’ll see why we’re raring to go with this year’s event, Monday-Tuesday, May 17-18. Here’s a quick snapshot of CIC 2020, but don’t forget this year, you can join us in person or online. Book now! 


Diversity


The International Student Health Hub is now LIVE!

www.internationalstudents.health.nsw.gov.au

Thank you to all agencies & international students who participated in the development of the Hub.

Want to stay connected?

Email Maddison.stratten@health.nsw.gov.au to get the Hub promotion toolkit + a monthly email for the next six months, featuring different pages of the Hub to promote to your networks.


What do young migrant and refugee women think of the contraceptive implant?

Family Planning NSW is conducting a study to learn more about the factors that influence and inform young migrant and refugee women’s views, experiences and decision-making in regards to the contraceptive implant.

Seeking;

young people eligible for the contraceptive implant (e.g. cisgender women, transgender men and non-binary people assigned female at birth),

  • 15 to 24 years,
  • migrant or refugee background,
  • speak a language other than English at home
  • live in NSW

Participate in a 30 minute interview to share experiences and views on the contraceptive implant à whether considering one, currently using one, or previously used one.

A $30 voucher will be provided for participation.

For more information

Attached is the study flyer, available in several languages.

Ethics approval has been received from the Family Planning NSW Ethics Committee (approval #R2020-03).


The AH&MRC are working in partnership with the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis & Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) to deliver Sexual and Reproductive health webinars for our Aboriginal workforce. This interactive online workshop provides Aboriginal Health Workers, Practitioners and nurses with an overview of sexual and reproductive health, including sexual history taking, STI screening and testing, and current contraceptive options.

The webinar will run for 90 minutes online via Zoom and is free of charge. It is also CPD accredited and is endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian National Association for Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners. It will be presented by a clinician and will be reviewed by the AH&MRC and external bodies to make sure it is culturally appropriate.

All the webinars will take place from 10:00am-11:30am on a Wednesday.

The webinar is designed for Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners who are eager to learn more about sexual and reproductive health and assisting clients within this area.

There will be 4 webinars online for each of the regions, they will all take place via Zoom.

Northern Region: 19th of May, 2021 Register here

Southern Region: 2nd of June, 2021 Register here

Western Region: 16th of June, 2021 Register here 

Metropolitan Region: 30th of June, 2021 Register here 

https://www.ahmrc.org.au/event/sexual-and-reproductive-health-webinars/

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kezia Blackledge,

Public Health & Intelligence Officer, via email: kblackledge@ahmrc.org.au, OR mobile: 0466263389.


Food and Housing

Free Financial Literacy Program for your Clients

Wesley Mission is pleased to advise that we have funding to deliver Wesley Missions, In Charge of My Money Program to prevent gambling harm by providing early intervention awareness.

We have Wesley In Charge of My Money contextualised to Youth, Domestic Violence Clients, Clients experience Drug & Alcohol Addiction (to The Energy Literacy component) shows clients how to read energy bills, reduce costs, avoid bill shock, and where to get financial assistance and support if they can’t pay their bills. 

Wesley Mission’s in Charge of My Money Program is an interactive Financial Literacy program designed to provide knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to make informed and effective money management decisions. This course is useful in providing information about good money management and encourages participants to take charge of their money, the program will also assist participants in how they think about money by giving them the tools to achieve financial objectivity and to create good money habits for the future.

Facilitators will also discuss debt traps such as payday loans, credit cards, and where people can get safe support. We discuss wrap around services such as Wesley Financial Counseling & Emergency Relief Funding. 

We can hold this on site at any community location within Sydney, Illawarra Central Coast and Newcastle and Hunter .

The session runs in the following session times:

  • 3 x 1 hour over 3 weeks
  • 2 x 1.5 hours over 2 weeks
  • 1 x 3 hours

If your organisation is interested in having Wesley Mission deliver this program, please contact: Tammy Lobb – tammy.lobb@wesleymission.org.au


Young People

Whether your client is thinking about quitting, ready to quit or would like some information, the free Quit Smoking Clinics can provide support. 

The service includes:

  • Brief advice to stop smoking 
  • An assessment of the smoker’s interest in quitting 
  • Sample of Nicotine Replacement Therapy where appropriate 
  • Provide self-help material
  • Offer follow-up visits at the clinic or referral to external support such as Quitline 
  • Offer referral to text messaging service

Email referrals to Janet.Jackson@health.nsw.gov.au Phone or Text 0459 898 302


Employment and Training

Connected Learning

The short courses listed below will be offered via Connected Learning this is when students learn with a teacher and other students via web conferencing technology as part of a virtual classroom. Teachers lead a virtual classroom where students from different locations access at the same time.

A learner can participate in the connected classroom by accessing their local TAFE NSW library, from their home or workplace.

To complete a short course learners will require:

  • A computer or tablet with internet access, and preferably, a webcam/camera
  • Headphones & mic (gaming headset or smartphone headphones will work)
  • Notebook & pen

TAFE Statement in Accidental Counselling

Course Fee: $185.00

Click here to visit the TAFE NSW website to enrol

This short course aims to provide non-counsellors with a range of basic counselling skills and principles. It will be useful for those who often find themselves in a ‘counselling role by accident’, to support a friend, child, colleague, customer or stranger, in times of distress or difficulty. Participants will gain a practical framework for managing issues and a sense of structure and confidence as they support people.

Course code  800-000408

Start Time   Wednesday 31 March 2021

Duration  5 hours for 1 day | 10am to 3:30pm


TAFE NSW – Community Services Short Courses

Skilling for Recovery

SHORT COURSE SKILL SETS EXISTING WORKERS

Funding has been made available through the State Government initiative ‘Skilling for Recovery’. TAFENSW is looking to offer a range of skill sets to assist with economic recovery.

These courses will be offered via a Microsoft Teams connected classroom and students will be able to study from home or attend your local TAFE. Please select one of the skillsets and complete the Expression of Interest below.

Places are limited!

Introduction to Community Services

o          CHCCOM001 Provide first point of contact

o          CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs

o          CHCVOL001 be an effective volunteer

Commences 29th April 2021 – Thursday’s 9.30am – 2.30pm for 9 weeks (additional 20 hours Volunteer Work)

Mental Health Peer Work

o          CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

o          CHCPWK001 Apply Peer Work in the Mental Health sector

o          CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work

Commences 26th April 2021 – Monday & Tuesday evenings 5.30pm – 8.30pm for 6 weeks

To complete EXPRESSION OF INTEREST CLICK HERE

Case Management for Community Service Workers

o          CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

o          CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements

o          CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs

Commences 27th April 2021 – Tuesday’s 6pm – 8pm for 9 weeks

Working with Refugees and Settlement Services

o          CHCSET001 Work with forced migrants

o          CHCSET002 Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia

Commences 22nd April 2021 – Thursday’s 6pm to 9pm for 5 weeks

To complete EXPRESSION OF INTEREST CLICK HERE

If you are interested in completing this SUBSIDISED training, please complete the Expression of Interest.

To be eligible you must be:

•          17 years old or over

•          no longer at school

•          live or work in NSW

•          an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen

For more details contact

Jacqui Walsh, Business Development Manager

T  02 6953 9637 | M 0429 660 236 jacqueline.walsh@tafensw.edu.au


Health and Wellbeing

Whether your client is thinking about quitting, ready to quit or would like some information, the free Quit Smoking Clinics can provide support. 

The service includes:

  • Brief advice to stop smoking 
  • An assessment of the smoker’s interest in quitting 
  • Sample of Nicotine Replacement Therapy where appropriate 
  • Provide self-help material
  • Offer follow-up visits at the clinic or referral to external support such as Quitline 
  • Offer referral to text messaging service

Email referrals to Janet.Jackson@health.nsw.gov.au Phone or Text 0459 898 302