Community events and groups

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

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CARERS EDUCATION SESSION - CBT FOR CARERS

Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Illawarra is hosting a free two-day Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) workshop for carers.

The workshop will cover topics like stress management, relaxation and sleep hygiene. 

  • When: Saturday 17 and Saturday 24 August 2019
  • Time: 9:30 - 4pm
  • Venue: 17 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow

See the event flyer here.

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MAKING CONNECTIONS FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Everyone experiences life differently, and needs help and support in different ways.

The National Mental Health Commission is keen to learn from you personally about your experiences with the mental health system. 

  • When: 28 August 2019
  • Time: 5 - 6:30pm
  • Venue: University of Wollongong

Find out more and register here.

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ILLAWARRA HEART SUPPORT GROUP

There are many people in the Illawarra whose lives are affected by heart disease.

That's why some local nurses have teamed up to create a new Illawarra Heart Support Group. The first meeting is coming up soon!

  • When: Monday 2 Sept 2019
  • Time: 1 - 3pm
  • Venue: Banksia Room, Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto

Contact Tracey on 041 148 7955 or Leah on 042 304 0288 to register. See the event flyer here.

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FREE 'TRUST THE SIGNS' SUICIDE PREVENTION EVENT IN NOWRA

The Collaborative has teamed up with R U OK? Day and Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network to bring the 'Trust the Signs Tour' to Nowra.

Learn when and how to ask 'R U OK?' This is a free event for all ages!

  • When: Saturday 7 September
  • Time: 12 - 1:30pm
  • Venue: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

Find out more information at www.ruok.org.au.

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COLLABORATIVE'S R U OK? DAY EVENT

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative invites you to join them for a community celebration on R U OK? Day.

The FREE event is a great opportunity to learn what's been achieved in suicide prevention across the region, and what lies ahead for the future. 

  • When: Thursday 12 September, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 - 10:30am
  • Venue: The Kiama Pavilion, 2 Bong Bong Rd, Kiama

RSVP to suicideprevention@coordinare.org.au by Friday 6 September.

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DRUG AND ALCOHOL CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUNG BURMESE AND MIDDLE EASTERN PEOPLE IN THE ILLAWARRA

Are you a young person in the Illawarra with a Middle Eastern or Burmese background?

The University of Wollongong and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) would like to invite you to participate in a research project to discuss drug and alcohol health issues in your communities. Discussions are happening in August and September.

See the flyer in English, Burmese or Arabic

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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. It will take about 20 minutes.

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SURVEY ON LGBTIQ+ LIVED EXPERIENCES

Private Lives 3 is a national study exploring the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Australians. It is conducted by La Trobe University.

The study will provide much-needed data to inform health, support, and other services, as well as deliver a better understanding of the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people today. 

If you are LGBTIQ+ and would like to participate, click 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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