Community events and groups

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

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Service NSW Community Resilience Information Sessions

Service NSW is holding community resilience information sessions across the Shoalhaven to assist our community in recovery and resilience. The sessions are at various locations from the 20 Oct - 17 Nov.

For more detailed info view the Service NSW flyer here.

To find out more call 0448 556 429 or contact Natalie.Galea@service.nsw.gov.au

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CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Josephine Richardson will be facilitating a Chronic Pain Management program in Bermagui. The program is open to the community and will help to provide a better understanding of how to manage chronic pain.

The Program will run from the 4 November to 9 December and there will be two information sessions held on the 21 and 28 of October.

For further information contact Josephine Richardson on 0413 659 882 or you can message 3resolvepain@gmail.com.

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SHOALHAVEN HEALTH AND WELLBEING WORKSHOPS

The Shoalhaven Bushfire Recovery Clinicians are hosting a series of Health and Wellbeing workshops beginning in September through to November.

The workshops are free to attend and open to the community. They will cover a range of Health and Wellbeing topics including 'How to look after yourself' and 'Where to go from here'.

To find out more and RSVP, please click here.

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ISLHD PROTECTING MENTAL HEALTH SEMINARS

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is inviting health professionals to take part in their Protecting Mental Health Seminars! The seminars provide practical ways to incorporate and promote healthy eating & social connection in your practice.

  • Protecting Mental Health with Social Connection Seminar 20 Oct: register here.

  • Protecting Mental Health with Healthy Eating Seminar 12 Nov: register here.

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TRANS PRIDE IN A PANDEMIC

Trans Pride in a Pandemic is a four-part online forum series for trans and gender diverse people and allies.

Developed in partnership by ACON and Trans Pride Australia with funding support from the City of Sydney, every forum is free. You can register for one, some, or all of the forums. Forums will take place on Thursdays between 6–7pm on 10 and 24 September, and 8 and 29 October.

Learn more and register here.

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CAN DIET IMPROVE GUT HEALTH IN PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE?

The Illawarra-Shoalhaven has the highest rates of chronic kidney disease in Australia, with case numbers in the region almost double the national average.

Illawarra researchers are seeking people with chronic kidney disease for a clinical trial looking into the effect of gut health on those with the condition.

For more information, please click here.

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BROTHER TO BROTHER HOTLINE

Brother to Brother is Australia's FIRST 24-hour hotline assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men throughout COVID-19. Call 1800 435 799 for support.

The line is staffed by Aboriginal men, including Elders, to promote a culturally-safe service. The service was created by Dardi Munwurro: Strong Spirit, an organisation that delivers a range of family violence programs specifically targeting Aboriginal men. It aims to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities.

You can learn more by reading this article.

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NDIS

BEING’s NDIS survey is still open! BEING is the independent, state-wide peak organisation for people with a lived / living experience of mental health issues in NSW.

If you're a community member who is a current user of the NDIS, or if you are considering becoming one, please share your experiences with the NDIS via the survey.

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CARER GATEWAY

Are you a carer for a loved one? A wide range of help is available to you – from counselling and peer support groups to respite care, home help and equipment?

When you call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737, you will reach a Carer Gateway service provider in your area. A trained worker will be available to talk with you and then help you to find services and support to meet your needs.

Learn more here.

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BEAT IT ONLINE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAM FOR DIABETES

Beat It Online is a FREE 8 week physical activity and lifestyle program delivered by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist through a series of online group video calls. This life-changing program can help you get
back into a healthy routine to better manage your diabetes.

Bookings are essential as spaces are very limited. To register call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 or book online now at diabetesnsw.com.au/events.

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ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS

Sometimes, you may feel alone in your experience with an eating disorder. With Butterfly Foundation's online support groups, wherever you are in Australia, you can chat with people who are seeking support like yourself.

Support groups are also available for family, friends, and those concerned about someone who has or might have an eating disorder. Go to: butterfly.org.au/get-support/online-support-groups

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NEW VIRTUAL PEER SUPPORT SERVICE

The eFriend online peer support service is now live, and free for anyone in need.

If you don't have someone you feel comfortable talking to, and you want to reach out to someone who will listen  a community of trained, specialist eFriend peers are available via video link or audio chat.

View this flyer for more information, or visit efriend.org.au.

Join 'Friends of COORDINARE' and choose to be part of future workshops, attend training and discussions or just receive information from time to time. It’s obligation-free, it's easy ... and it will help make a difference! Click here to register.