Community events and groups

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

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ILLAWARRA HEART SUPPORT GROUP

The Illawarra Heart Support Group brings together people living with heart disease, family and friends in the Illawarra. The aim of the group is to create social support networks for improved quality of life and wellbeing. 

  • Date: First Tuesday of each month 
  • Time: 1 - 2:30pm (public holidays excluded) 
  • Venue: Kemira at IRT, William Beach Gardens, Kanahooka 
  • Cost: Gold coin donation to assist with hall hire 

Find out more on the flyer.

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HELP SHAPE NEWACCESS

Beyond Blue is looking for people interested in helping shape promotional messaging for a mental health coaching program called NewAccess. 

 As a guide Beyond Blue is looking for people who are:

  • 25+ from regional and metro areas
  • experience mild to moderate anxiety or depression
  • don’t have a diagnosis of a mental health condition, nor have they previously sought help
  • are not in marketing or mental health related field.

If this sounds like you or someone you care for, please fill out the Expression of Interest form.

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BUSHFIRE SUPPORT

Bushfires affect people in the community differently, depending on the stress or loss you or your loved ones have experienced.

Luckily, there are things you can do to take care of yourself and your emotional wellbeing, or that of someone you care about. 

Visit bushfiresupport.info for information on support services available, and stay up to date with the latest news via ABC RadioNSW Transport Live Traffic, the Fires Near Me app or the NSW Rural Fire Service website, and the NSW State Emergency Service website.

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FAMILY AND CARERS WORKSHOPS IN WOLLONGONG

Do you care for someone with a mental health concern?

A series of workshops will be held in Wollongong from 30 January - 23 April, 2020 to help build your resilience when supporting someone with mental health issues.

Find out more on the flyer.

Please register your interest to Donna Franklin on (02) 4229 7254 or email donna.franklin@aftercare.com.au.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please note any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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STAYING CONNECTED AS CARERS

'Staying connected when emotions run high' is a free workshop for families and carers providing support to someone experiencing relationship difficulties and overwhelming feelings or difficulty communicating.

  • Date: Tuesday 3 March, 2020
  • Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Venue: Port Kembla Golf Club
  • Cost: Free

Find out more on the flyer.

Please register your interest to Sarah Holmes:              (02) 4229 7254 or sarah.holmes@aftercare.com.au.

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FREE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR CARERS

Mental Health First Aid teaches family members / carers first aid skills for helping people experiencing a mental health crisis.

  • Date: Friday 13 March and Friday 20 March, 2020
  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Venue: Aftercare Office, 110 Gipps St, Wollongong
  • Cost: Free. Lunch will be provided.

Find out more on the flyer. Please register your interest to Donna Franklin: (02) 4229 7254 or donna.franklin@aftercare.com.au.

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JOIN OUR CONSUMER HEALTH PANEL

Would you like to have your say on local health care issues?

Why not join our Consumer Health Panel - it's your chance to be the voice for your local community! 

Once a month, you will be invited to complete a short, anonymous survey about issues that may impact you, your family or friends, such as access to medical services, mental health or preparing for the flu season.

Sign up here!

Note: Sorry but health professionals are ineligible. 

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CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - BATEMANS BAY

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 Batemans Bay:

  • Thursday 16 January, 2020 - Information session
  • Thursday 23 January, 2020 - Program commences

Contact Hamish Gorman on 0423 901 208 or email eurobodallaep@gmail.com for more information.

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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:

  • Cooma - Tuesday 28 January, 2020
  • Queanbeyan - Tuesday 18 February, 2020
  • Batemans Bay - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

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

 

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GET HEALTHY WITH PA2HEALTH

Do you want to be healthy but find that stress, anxiety, fatigue, or just being too busy stops you from eating well and exercising?

With PA2health you can have four experts to help you stay calm and get healthy via Facebook messenger!

Thanks to funding from COORDINARE, there are more than 300 FREE spots still available for people living in South Eastern NSW. 

Starts 10 February, 2020. Visit www.pa2health.com to claim your free spot! Please note that only specific postcodes are eligible. 

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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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SHELLHARBOUR RELAY FOR LIFE

Shellharbour Relay for Life will be in its 9th year in 2020.

  • Date: 4-5 April, 2020
  • Time: 10am - 10pm
  • Venue: Tom Willoughby Oval, Shellharbour

To get involved, please contact Sari Boschiero:            (02) 4223 0210 or sari.boschiero@nswcc.org.au.

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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:

  • Wednesday 6 May, 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 26 February, 2020 - Information session
  • Wednesday 4 March, 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 - COOMA

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 Cooma:

  • 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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