Community events and groups

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

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JOIN THE NSW MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Expressions of interest are now open for the first round of applicants to the Community Advisory Council with the NSW Mental Health Commission (the Commission).

The Commission encourages applications from people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, their families and kinship groups, young people and LGBTIQ+ persons.

Go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/eoicac for details and to register your interest by 27 October, 2019.

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QUEER MENTAL HEALTH WEEKEND

Members of the LGBTIQ+ community, allies, friends and family are invited to the Queer Mental Health Weekend, 19 - 20 October in Port Kembla!

Performance night: Saturday 19 October from 5 - 10pm, The Servo Food Truck Bar, Port Kembla. Details here.

Info day: Sunday 20 October from 11am - 3pm, The Arthouse Cafe, Port Kembla. Details here.

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FREE 'MAD POETRY' WORKSHOPS

Wollongong Writers Festival presents two free, 4-week workshops for people with experience of mental illness in Wollongong and Port Kembla.

  • Wollongong Library Theatrette, Saturdays: 5 Oct 2-4pm, 12 Oct 2-4pm, 19 Oct 2-4pm, 26 Oct 10am-12pm
  • Port Kembla Community Centre Hall, Tuesdays: 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct from 2-4pm

Details here or email madpoetryillawarra@gmail.com.

 

 

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ATTEND A SOCIAL PRESCRIBING THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE

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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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FREE WORKSHOP FOR CARERS IN DAPTO

Do you live in the Illawarra Shoalhaven? Do you provide support to a family member or a friend due to chronic illness, disability, mental health issues or frail age?

Come along to a three-day workshop at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre - Acacia Room to learn about the supports available and meet other carers.

  • Tuesdays 22, 29 October and 5 November, 2019

Register via 02) 4253 4501 or evelyn.jelercic@health.nsw.gov.au. Details here.

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON SUICIDE PREVENTION IN THE FAR SOUTH COAST REGION

Roses in the Ocean provides training and support for people with a lived experience of suicide who would like to be involved in local suicide prevention activities.

The Lived Experience training is called 'Voices of Insight' and will take place on 25 - 26 October, 2019.

Roses in the Ocean are currently seeking expressions of interest for this training. See the event flyer or register your interest via the online form.

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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.

  • 6 September, 2019 - Braidwood Cattle Sales 
  • Second week in September, 2019 - Phil’s Emporium Bungendore
  • 21/22 September, 2019 - Queanbeyan Swap Meet 
  • 1 March, 2020 - Braidwood follow up

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ACCIDENTAL COUNSELLOR WORKSHOPS

Join COORDINARE's 'Accidental Counsellor' workshops in Southern NSW and learn the skills to help someone.

  • Sat 14 September, 2019 - Mercure Goulburn
  • Sat 19 October, 2019 - The Cooma Hotel
  • Thu 14 November, 2019 - Local Land Services Office, Yass
  • Fri 15 November, 2019 - Servicemens Club, Braidwood
  • Sat 16 November, 2019 - Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay

Find out more here

 

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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 17 October, 2019 - Program commences

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

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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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HAVE YOUR SAY ON MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Would you like to have your say on mental health and wellbeing in your community?

WayAhead - Mental Health Association NSW has launched the NSW Wellbeing Survey 2019.

The survey is designed to understand what different communities throughout NSW need for better mental health and wellbeing.

You can complete the survey here.

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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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BENEFITS OF EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES

Do you have type 2 diabetes and live in the Illawarra Shoalhaven?

You may be interested in a research program that will look at the effects of exercise on blood glucose control for people with type 2 diabetes. 

You will receive expert advice on exercise, diet, activity levels (active minutes, steps, sleep patterns across the day), blood pressure and more.

Find out more here

 

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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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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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