Community events and groups

See below for community events, groups, programs and consultations taking place across South Eastern NSW: 

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE AUSTRALIAN PEER WORKFORCE

Do you have current or previous experience working or volunteering as a youth peer worker in Australia? 

Orygen, a youth mental health organisation, would like to hear from you!

Share your thoughts in a survey to help Orygen improve policies and supports for youth peer workers. 

The survey closes at 5pm, Friday 13 December, 2019. Click here to complete. 

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LGBTIQ+ PEOPLE: SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH HEALTH SERVICES

Are you LGBTIQ+? Would you like to share your experiences with health services?

Register to attend a roundtable by 29 November, 2019 at 5pm and help design NSW Health's first NSW LGBTI Health Strategy!

Phone interviews are also available. Register your interest here.

Alternatively, complete the LGBTIQ+ community survey before 13 December at 5pm and share your experiences anonymously. 

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IS SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY USING ALCOHOL OR DRUGS?

The Stepping Forward Program is a practical information session that will provide key models of change for a person using alcohol or other drugs, as well as their family. 

  • When: Saturday 7 December, 2019, 9:30am - 2:30pm
  • Where: Orana House, 2 Rawson St Wollongong 2500
  • Cost: Free

Register here or contact Raewyn Whiting on 0457 260 079 for more information.

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON PALLIATIVE CARE VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Palliative Care NSW is currently designing a new palliative care volunteer service.

The organisation is seeking your thoughts on how to best shape this service and address local needs.

If you would like to have your say, please contact kate@palliativecarensw.org.au or call (02) 8076 5603 by mid-December.

Palliative Care NSW will organise a time to contact you via phone for a short chat. For more details, see the flyer.

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FIND SUICIDE PREVENTION EVENTS IN YOUR AREA

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a group of passionate organisations and individuals who have come together to reduce suicide deaths and attempts in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region.

The Collaborative list a variety of suicide prevention and mental health-related events, training, and working group meetings on a digital calendar.

To find out about upcoming events, visit the Collaborative's website.

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HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO LOCAL HEALTH CARE

Do you live in Southern NSW? Do you have one or more health conditions that cause you to frequently use health services? Have you had a recent hospital stay?

Register your interest in an upcoming workshop:

  • Bega - 4 Dec
  • Cooma - 28 Jan
  • Queanbeyan - 18 Feb
  • Batemans Bay - 26 Feb

Phone Nina 0436 847 010 or Emma on 0436 839 080, or email SNSWLHD-Planning@health.nsw.gov.au.

 

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BACK ON TRACK PROGRAM

Back on Track is a free service offering a brief intervention of 1-2 sessions for people aged 16+ years who are struggling with day-to-day pressures and life stress. 

Locations: Nowra and Wollongong

Information about the program and the online booking system can be found on the Grand Pacific Health website.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS IN QUEANBEYAN

The Queanbeyan Suicide Prevention Awareness Network is bringing mental health support and wellbeing to the local community and have engaged OzHelp ‘Tune Up’ vans to attend scheduled events across the Queanbeyan Palerang region.

  • 1 March, 2020 - Braidwood follow up

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EAT PLANT LEARN FOR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

Eat Plant Learn is a free six-session group program that promotes healthy and sustainable eating for people experiencing mental ill-health. 

To be eligible for the program, your patient must have an experience of mental ill-health, have an identified physical health goal, be aged over 16 and live in the Illawarra Shoalhaven or South Eastern NSW region. 

For more information, please contact Neami National on (02) 4226 3277 or email active8@neaminational.org.au

 

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CARER PEER CONNECT

Are you a carer for someone with a disability or illness? Do you want to find out where your nearest support group is?

Carers NSW has an online learning portal called Carer Peer Connect, with a variety of support groups, discussion forums, education and training options available. 

You can access the portal here

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HEALTHY HABITS FOR CHILDREN

Children who develop healthy habits from a young age are more likely to continue these habits into adulthood.

Time for Healthy Habits is a research study looking at ways to help parents and carers with healthy eating, physical activity and sleep habits in their young child. It is run by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).

Go to https://timeforhealthyhabitsnsw.com.

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR PATIENT-CARER WELLBEING RESEARCH

Men and women over 18 years who provide care for someone with a chronic illness such as heart failure, COPD, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease or arthritis are invited to participate in a new study. 

The aim of the study is to is to better understand the skills, knowledge and confidence of people who care for someone with chronic illness.

Find out more here.

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CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - GOULBURN

If you have experienced low to moderate chronic pain for more than three months, you may be eligible for the Chronic Pain Management Program.

Coming up in Goulburn:

  • Thursday 30 April, 2020 - Program commences

Contact Michael Adams on (02) 4810 0700 or email Michael.adams@opt.net.au for more information.

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CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - BEGA

If you have experienced low to moderate chronic pain for more than three months, you may be eligible for the Chronic Pain Management Program.

Coming up in Bega:

  • Thursday 2 April, 2020 - Information session
  • Thursday 23 April, 2020 - Program commences

Contact Sue Wilson on 1800 999 880 or email communityintake@health.nsw.gov.au for more information.

 

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CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - BERMAGUI

If you have experienced low to moderate chronic pain for more than three months, you may be eligible for the Chronic Pain Management Program.

Coming up in Bermagui:

  • Wednesday 12 February, 2020 - Information session
  • Wednesday 19 February, 2020 - Program commences

Contact Josephine Richardson on 0413 659 882 or email 3resolvepain@gmail.com for more information.

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CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - JINDABYNE

If you have experienced low to moderate chronic pain for more than three months, you may be eligible for the Chronic Pain Management Program.

Coming up in Jindabyne:

  • Thursday 27 February, 2020 - Program commences

Contact Kristine Ciok on 0477 698 571 or email info@alpinemonarohealthcentre.com.au for more information.

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