• COVID-19 Vaccination Program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples

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    COVID-19 is spreading quickly. Getting our mob vaccinated as soon as possible is the best way we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect ourselves, our loved ones and the community.

    All Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are 12 years and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

    This toolkit is designed to help you:

    • communicate current information about the COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination program
    • increase awareness of the current COVID-19 rules in place
    • continue to reinforce the importance of practising COVID safe behaviours, even after vaccination.

    The toolkit will also help you to work with individuals, Elders and communities to increase understanding that COVID-19 vaccination will help protect our whole mob.

    Please contact MOH-CAH-COVID19@health.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions or would like additional collateral to help communicate with your community or network. You can also find Aboriginal communication resources on the NSW Health website.

    Thank you for your support in helping protect mob. You can find the full vaccine toolkit available as a PDF in our library here.

  • Local Health Needs - Primary Health Network

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Primary Health Network (PHN) are conducting a survey to gain an understanding of community views about their health and service concerns and needs for the Hunter, New England and Central Coast regions.

    The results of the survey will be used to help inform PHN's Regional Needs Assessment for 2022 to 2025.

    The Needs Assessment process is used to identify the unmet health and healthcare needs of our communities, and develop options for work that can be done to address these needs and improve the health of our communities.

    Findings from the survey will help to inform the planning and decision making in this process.

    The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete.

    The survey will close on Sunday, September 19, 2021.


  • The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Program

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    The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Program has opened today.

    Quick response grants of up to $10,000 are available for Aboriginal community organisations and groups to meet the immediate health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal people across the state as part of Aboriginal Affairs NSW’s COVID-19 response strategy.

    Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Don Harwin said the grants would help to provide Aboriginal communities with targeted COVID-19 information and assistance from trusted services.

    “These quick response grants will help communities access local, culturally appropriate services so they are informed and supported to take actions like staying at home to reduce community transmission,” he said.

    “Aboriginal communities are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and these grants will enable Aboriginal services to support people already impacted by COVID-19 as well as taking preventative steps such as encouraging vaccination.”

    Applications for the COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Program are now open via:


  • Port Stephens Council - Free PPE Supplies

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    Port Stephens Council are placing an order through Resilience NSW on behalf of organisations seeking some Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE). In order to be eligible, you must be a Community Service organisation in the Port Stephens Local Government Area.

    The PPE includes:

    • Face masks (carton of 2000)
    • Hand sanitiser (carton of 24)
    • Cleaning wipes. (12 pouches x 100 per carton)

    You can place an expression of interest by emailing jennifer.underwood@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

    Ensure you include your service name, service address (for delivery) and contact details in your email.

  • Port Stephens - Needs Assessment/Food Drives

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    Port Stephens Council are seeking your input and feedback on local community needs.

    Identifying community needs starts here and we would love to hear your ideas. Your input means we can better identify the needs and challenges of organisations and their participants alike in the local community.

    We would also like to draw attention to the planned Food Drive at Nelson Bay on World Kindness Day (Sat 13 November). We are seeking input to see if this is something Council should consider facilitating at Raymond Terrace as well if there is a need or desire for it.

    The Food Drives will consist of bringing food (and other select items) to a to be determined location. It will allow donations to be picked up in a contact-free manner from the boot of people's cars. What is donated will then be given to service providers to distribute to their participants/clients/customers that are in need. Currently we are looking for service providers that are willing and able to help distribute promotional material and to help on the day of the Food Drives.

    You can get in contact regarding anything above by sending an email to either andrew.bruce@portstephens.nsw.gov.au or jennifer.underwood@portstephens.nsw.gov.au in the Community Development and Engagement team at Port Stephens Council.

  • Youth Opportunities Grant UPDATE: Deadline Extended to 20/09/21!

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    Creating opportunities for young people in NSW

    The Hon Alister Henskens, MP has announced up to $1.5 million funding for new Youth Opportunities projects to commence in 2022.

    The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

    Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $13.3 million in funding to 282 projects across NSW. For a list of organisations and their projects funded in 2020 click here.

    Youth Opportunities Grant Applications

    Projects funded under the Youth Opportunities program are to involve young people at every stage of the project - from identifying the need, through to design, project delivery and final review and recognition.

    Organisations applying for funding must have spoken with young people and involved them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.

    The Program is based on the principles of

    • partnering with young people
    • developing young people’s knowledge and skills to support future economic participation
    • building community based partnerships and networks.

    Applicants are advised to read the Program Guidelines carefully before completing an application for funding. To download these Guidelines and more please visit the Youth NSW website.

    Applications are submitted via SmartyGrants, an online grants administration system. SmartyGrants and the online application form can be accessed from here.

    Applications must be completed and submitted online via SmartyGrants by 5:00pm on Monday, 20 September 2021. The SmartyGrants system automatically shuts off at 5:00pm on that day. It does not allow for extensions to be granted.

    Youth Opportunities Program Contact

    Anthea Wilson

    Department of Communities and Justice

    Phone 02 8753 8430

    Email all inquiries to youth@facs.nsw.gov.au

  • Tomaree Community Connect Booklet 2021

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    Contact Details for Groups and Activities for 2021 provided by Tomaree Connect can be found in our library here.

  • Lifeline Training Workshops

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    For more information you can email june.anderson@lifeline.org.au.

  • Hunter New England Health: Aboriginal Administration School Based Traineeship

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    Aboriginal Administration School Based Trainee

    Employment Type: Temporary Part Time until 31.12.22
    Position Classification: Trainee Year 11 Level A
    Hours Per Week: 7

    REQ: 244098

    Location: Various across Hunter New England Health District (Tamworth, Moree, Newcastle and Surrounds, Maitland, Inverell, Narrabri, Armidale, WeeWaa,)

    This position is identified for Aboriginal people and exemption is claimed under 14d of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Aboriginal applicants must demonstrate Aboriginality in addition to addressing the selection criteria. For information on Confirmation of Aboriginality Requirements click here.

    Need more information?
    1. Click here for the Position Description

    2. Review the Application Kit for more details

    For additional role related queries or questions please email sheryn.barrack@health.nsw.gov.au or call on 49 853 481

    Applications Close: 29 August 2021

    Are you an Aboriginal School student currently in Year 10 and planning to continue through to Year 12 to complete your HSC? If you want to contribute to the service Hunter New England Health provides to their patients and your local community, this could be an opportunity for you to come and be part of our community and start your career whilst undertaking a 2 year Administration School Based Traineeship.

    Administration is an important part in delivering quality patient care. Your role as a School Based Trainee will involve providing frontline administrative support to clinical and health professional staff including customer service, data entry, typing, records maintenance, answering the phone and filing. You will also learn how to use software applications used specifically in the Health care environment.

    You will be working under the direction and leadership of a nominated Supervisor / Manager, who will encourage and support your skills and knowledge development in the delivery of quality customer service. Your team will include administration staff and clinical and health professionals.

    There are multiple opportunities available across our District, with our staff situated across over 60 sites of hospitals, community health centres and corporate offices. Please specify your preferred facility/location when applying online.

    Selection Criteria

    Please address the selection criteria for this position as thoroughly as possible so your application can be considered for the role.

    You can read more about the role in our library here.

  • Dementia Care Navigator Trial Extended

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    Dementia Australia is delighted to advise of our continued involvement in the COTA led consortium Newcastle, Hunter, and Port Stephens local government areas of Aged Care System Navigators. The trial, funded by the Federal Government has been extended until December 2022.

    Justine Sneddon, your Dementia Care navigator, will continue working in the Greater Newcastle, Hunter and Port Stephens local government areas to provide:

    • Group information sessions to foster a better understanding of the aged care system, including registering, participating in assessments, eligibility and types of care and services available.
    • One-to-one support based on their needs and level support each individual needs to assist them to access aged care services and supports.

    The service is flexible and can be delivered face-to-face at Dementia Australia offices, client homes or community locations. Alternatively, support can be provided via telephone or online.

    To make a referral, to find out more or to request a group information session:

    If you know of someone living with dementia or in the process of seeking a diagnosis, please share with them this opportunity to engage with a navigator to learn how to access and use government subsidised support to stay well, independent and connected to their community.