HARP Unit information - see bottom of page for links for more information and Scheduled activity dates for 2018
Healthy Cities Illawarra has been involved in the area of sexual health and HIV/AIDS Prevention for over 20 years. In the late 1980’s, with considerable concern about the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus, Healthy People Illawarra played a role coordinating public awareness, providing community education and advocating for the rights of people with HIV/AIDS.
Over many years, in partnership with the HIV/AIDS and Related Programs (HARP) Unit at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District(SESLHD), Healthy People Illawarra has worked to create a positive environment in which the public feel comfortable to approach issues of sexual health including HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Blood Borne Infections(BBIs).
Healthy People Illawarra supports new and existing CALD communities within the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region, including refugees, migrants and those from culturally diverse backgrounds, as well as the general community to provide sexual health information and resources.
Sexual Health Training and capacity building opportunities in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven
The HARP unit in partnership with Healthy Cities Illawarra conducts annual training one day training "The talk" which provides participants with a history of sex, a session GLBTQ, an update on sexual health from a nurse from the Illawarra Shoalhaven sexual health clinic, and personal stories from an HIV positive speaker and confident gay man, partner and father of two adult sons. The Talk is ideal for people working in the community sector who engage with sexual health issues, or who have a general interest in the area.
YOUTH @ RISK
New annual one day training Youth @ Risk which provides participants with an evidence-based training package which is intended for workers who may work with young people at risk of hepatitis C. Young people who inject drugs have an increased risk of acquiring blood borne infections such as hepatitis C. It aims to prevent the transmission of blood borne infections by increasing the knowledge and confidence of workers who are in contact with young people who may be exposed to injecting drug use.
Annual one day training Sticky Stuff which provides practical games and group work activities for workers who they encounter issues around sexual health prevention, testing and treatment when engaging with young people. the training explores barriers to engagement and develops shared values that help work with young people without shame or judgement. The training develops an understanding of local networks and pathways to testing and treatment.
ANNUAL GP and ALLIED HEALTH TRAINING
GP and allied health HIV, STI & BBI training updates are held in conjunction with the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), Grand Pacific Health and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Clinic.
Online support and Resources
A question and answer (Q & A) service provides young people with clear, unbiased, non-judgemental and professional answers to any questions they may have about their health, including drug use, sexual health, mental health, harassment, relationships and body image. The answers are provided by health professionals and published onSomazone, creating a database of over 1700 questions and answers for young people to refer to. All of the health professionals are fully qualified and have undertaken an assessment and quality assurance process monitored by the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF)
Caddyshack provides mobile sexual health information and free onsite Chlamydia check-ups. Our Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/thecaddyshackproject offers current information, clips, tips, links and Caddyshack Summer tour dates.
Lawstuff website The law is different in each state and territory.
Play Safe aims to connect young people aged 15-24 years old with sexual health information and sexually transmissible infection (STI) testing, treatment and prevention services via an online platform.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia member schools have access to a blth.nsw.gov.au/zipperroad range of tools, resources and support that suit the unique needs, concerns and capacity of your schools community. These services aim to improve safety and inclusivity for all students and teachers while taking a zero-tolerance approach to homophobia and transphobia in the school community.
Sexual Health Info Line: Sexual health nurses, doctors and counsellors will answer your questions on sexual health and sexually transmissible infections. They can also provide referrals to services close to you.
Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia(YACWA) is the peak non-government youth organisation in Western Australia. We operate primarily as a human rights organisation that seeks to address the exclusion of young people in a rapidly changing society.