Nominations Are Open For The NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards

The Awards are designed to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of young individuals in NSW & the ACT up to and including 29 years of age.

Do you know someone who is doing amazing things? Nominate them for an award today. Nominations close 8th December 2017. Follow the link for more information on categories and to nominate.

Teddy Bears Picnic for Kindy Starters

The annual teddy bear’s picnic is planned for Friday 1st December from 9am-11am. The event held in partnership with local primary schools in the Kurri Kurri area and services from Kurri Kurri Community Centre, is a celbration of community and the children starting Kindy in 2018.


Yarnin’ About Hep C

Hepatitis NSW has launched a new booklet for Aboriginal people, “Yarnin’ About Hep C – a booklet about hep C for Aboriginal people in NSW”. It is an important initiative, given the recent improvements in hep C treatment. For example, did you know that new medications are suitable for all people with hep C, irrespective of their sub-type (genotype)?

Did you know:

  • treatments generally last just 12 weeks,
  • involve one pill, or just a few pills, each day,
  • and the treatments have minimal side effects?

Yarnin’ was developed with the involvement of AHMRC, Aboriginal healthcare workers, Aboriginal artists, and most importantly, Aboriginal people affected by hep C.

To access this resource, follow this link.

Head to Health: digital mental health gateway

A new digital mental health gateway, Head to Health, has been launched by the Federal government. The gateway forms part of the government’s $4 billion annual investment in mental health. Head to Health is an essential tool for the one in five working age Australians who will experience a mental illness each year.

The website helps people take control of their mental health in a way they are most comfortable with and can complement face-to-face therapies. It provides a one-stop shop for services and resources delivered by some of Australia’s most trusted mental health service providers.

They include free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses and phone services.

Head to Health provides a place where people can access support and information before they reach crisis.

To access this resource, follow this link.

Bachelor of Youth Work (Industry Upgrade)

Victoria University (VU) is excited to be delivering the inaugural Bachelor of Youth Work course in Sydney in 2017, to support the ongoing professionalisation of the NSW Youth Work sector and to provide current industry professionals with an opportunity to upgrade their Diploma of Youth Work, Community Development or Community Services qualifications to a Bachelor of Youth Work. The current course has been designed to allow current industry professionals to successfully complete a Bachelor level qualification in under two years, while continuing full time work in industry. Through a blend of intensive face-to-face delivery, online modules and virtual classrooms, students will be supported to successfully upgrade to a Bachelor of Youth Work. In 2018, VU will offer another Bachelor of Youth Work course in Sydney and will expand delivery to the growing Hunter and Illawarra regions, with courses being delivered in Newcastle and Shellharbour.
Students’ participation in the Bachelor of Youth Work will allow them to build on their significant industry experience and develop a deeper understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic context of the youth sector and the young people they work with. The program has been designed especially for industry students; students will be engaging in content that will be relevant and applicable to their current context and will allow them to strategically identify and address systematic social, policy and programmatic barriers to prioritise responsive, effective and ethical youth work practice. Students will also be able to network and build partnerships with their industry peers and their respective organisations throughout the course. We are confident that this course will help establish these students as industry leaders.

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Young People and Sexually Abusive Behaviours Survey

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and Deakin University have developed a survey for professionals working with young people (10-17 years) with sexually abusive behaviours. The survey aims to gain an understanding of current intervention strategies, workers’ perspectives regarding their efficacy, challenges faced in delivering services, and ideas about effective evaluation processes.

To take part in this survey, follow this link.