Sexual Health Programs and Resources

Health Education Sessions

Doin 'it' Right

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The Doin ‘it’ Right! resource from the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council, provides workers (including non-sexual health and non-Aboriginal workers) with step by step instructions on delivering a range of sexual and reproductive health activities appropriately and effectively to Aboriginal young people. Refreshments & lunch provided along with a printed hard copy per organisation of the resource DOIN 'IT RIGHT.

Warilla 2 April 2020 Register or Google Doin it Right

First Step Program Bus Tour

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First Step Program Bus Tour intend to continually improve the way we relate to other services and increase staff knowledge around the issues of Drugs and Alcohol, with the intention that this opportunity will fill gaps in networking and referrals between services. First Step Program is a blood borne virus prevention service In the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area. The service provides clean injecting equipment, free condoms as well as support and referrals in all matters of health and welfare including detox and rehabilitation. It is a free and confidential service.  They also provide outreach services and education on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis A, B and C and waste management of used syringes to individuals and groups.

13 February 2020 Register or Google First Step Program Bus Tour
12 March 2020 Register  
18 June 2020 Register  
20 August 2020 Register  
17 September 2020 Register  
22 October 2020 Register  

Sticky Stuff

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Sticky Stuff is for youth workers, health workers, teachers, coaches or anyone who is in contact with young people and wants to be able to help them make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality. We focus on helping workers ask (and answer) the hard questions! A collaborative initiative between HARP & YFoundations.

Warilla 30 June 2020 Register or Google Sticky Stuff
Warilla 11 August 2020 Register  

Talk soon. Talk often.

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Sometimes parents and carers can be so concerned about getting it right, perfectly right, that they end up saying nothing at all. Young people in today’s society have to navigate and negotiate a lot more around sex than ever before. Talk soon. Talk often is an information session with Naomi Viret, Sexual Health Education Officer from the HIV & Related Programs (HARP) Unit and Noeline Bedford, Clinical Nurse Specialist, from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book Talk soon. Talk often.

Warilla 8 September 2020 Register or Google Talk soon Talk often

Trans GP evening

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This evening is for GPs who are considering becoming providers of gender affirming hormonal therapy for trans and gender diverse patients in the Illawarra area. Hear about local services, assessment tools, protocols for initiating and continuing hormone therapy and how other GPs have approached this work. The evening is an introduction rather than a complete prescriber’s course, but will equip you with the skills to assess patients, provide bridging therapy and determine if you wish to further develop your skills in this area. The evening will attract x RACGP CPD points. Please note, attendees will be expected to complete a short post course evaluation to be eligible for CPD points.

Wollongong 10 March 2020 Register

Transgender Allies

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An ally is someone who supports and advocates for the equal treatment of a community other than their own. If you would like to support the disproportionate challenges trans and gender diverse people face, and you would like to use your voice and actions and work towards being an ally then the upcoming Trans Ally is for you. Being an ally is not a destination or a label, it is an ever evolving state to move towards and therefore an ongoing process.

The terms trans and gender diverse, trans and transgender are terms that describe people whose gender is different to what was presumed for them at birth.

Trans people may position ‘being trans’ as a history or experience, rather than an identity, and consider their gender identity as simply being female, male or a non-binary identity. Some trans people connect strongly with their trans experience, whereas others do not. The processes of transition may or may not be part of a trans or gender diverse person’s life.

Three hands holding up flags on a pink background

Gender is not up for debate and your gender is valid and beautiful.

Presented by Josef Garrington, Community Health Promotion Officer from ACON, alongside a speaker with transgender lived experience, this three hour event will seek to improve your awareness and confidence engaging with the trans and gender diverse people in your life, and offer practical tips to be a great trans ally.

Warilla 16 June 2020 9am-Noon Register

Confidence, Clarity & Contraceptive Choices

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Contraception is an important and necessary part of our lives, and now more than ever before there are options available to suit everyone for every stage of life. HARP will literally unpack the Contraception Kit available from Family Planning NSW containing barrier methods, hormonal, non-hormonal and long acting reversible contraception. You will get to blow up and keep an O-Cube, which has been specifically designed to demonstrate the internal condom and you will also get to take home a banana penis, which is used to demonstrate the external condom. Doesn't get much more exciting than that! 

Warilla 27 February 2020 10am-Noon Register
Warilla 10 November 2020 10am-Noon Register

Unpack The Kit

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We invite you to unpack the Sexual Health & Relationship Kit which has been designed for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse community. Learn how to use The Kit as a teaching tool to run health education sessions and focus groups by giving participants the opportunity to unpack and discuss the information around sexual health and healthy relationships in an open and respectful manner.

Warilla 16 June 2020 9am-Noon Register

Nitty Gritty

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Do you work with young people in a youth service or community setting?

Feeling uncomfortable or unsure speaking to young people about sexual health?

Looking for up to date information and resources for workers and clients?

Want to learn about supporting good sexual health in particular groups of young people?

Youth workers and others who work closely with young people have the potential to support them to develop positive attitudes and make informed decisions about relationships, sexuality and sexual health. This course identifies opportunities and strategies for workers to talk about sexual health with young people within their role so that they can confidently guide clients to find reliable sources of information or make referrals to relevant services.

Participants will develop or enhance their knowledge of specific areas of reproductive and sexual health affecting young people and their relationships.  The course focuses on developing inclusive and appropriate strategies to work effectively with young people, especially those groups who are at risk of poor sexual health outcomes, including young people with disability, LGBTIQ, CALD, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

Topics include:

  • Defining and negotiating consent
  • The low-down on STIs
  • Contraceptive options
  • Communicating with young people about reproductive and sexual health

More course information and to register.


Online resources

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Do you need a test for Hepatitis C?  Order a kit online Order a free, easy, private and accurate way to test. . Return the kit to NSW Health in a reply paid envelope and receive the result by phone, text or email
Do you need a test for HIV?  Order a kit online Order a free, easy, private and accurate way to test. Return the kit to NSW Health in a reply paid envelope and receive the result by phone, text or email. 
Could you have Hepatitis C? Take the self-assessment quiz  
Could you have a Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI)? Take the self-assessment quiz.  


Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service provides confidential medical, nursing and counselling services for people with symptoms of a sexually transmissible infection (STI).
Nurse Nettie a real, qualified sexual health nurse based in Sydney. If you’ve got a confidential question about sexual health, ask Nurse Nettie.
Play Safe Pro tools for workers to assist in working with young people around sexual health.
Play Safe website  connects young people aged 15-24 years old with sexual health information. 
Sexual Health Info sexual health nurses, doctors and counsellors who can answer your questions on sexual health and provide referrals to your nearest service.
Take Blaktion is all about taking charge of your life and taking care of yourself and your partner for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People.
Talk soon. Talk Often a book written to help parents and carers navigate some of those ‘tricky’ conversations with their kids…right from the start.
Free Play Safe condoms organisations can order free Play Safe condoms from the NSW STI Programs Unit (STIPU). Orders are limited to one bag of 144 per service per month.