• NSW Health Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship program

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    Applications for the Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship program will be open soon.

    Connection to culture is central to the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Care and cultural understanding from an Aboriginal nurse or midwife allow patients to feel safer and advocated for when away from family and community.

    Cadetships are available to support your dream of giving back to your community. They offer financial support, work placements and mentoring exposing you to the diverse possibilities of nursing and midwifery. They are a chance to focus on your studies, experience the workforce and build relationships.

    The NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship program provides support and assistance to Aboriginal people studying an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree at university.

    Cadetships include:

    • a study allowance of $600 per fortnight while studying for 40 weeks
    • $500 per semester support allowance
    • 12 weeks paid employment in a local public hospital or Justice Health facility
    • support from an Aboriginal mentor, cadet coordinator and additional clinical support.
    • the possibility of ongoing employment when you successful complete your studies and the program.

    More information

    To find out more and apply visit https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/cadetships

    If you would like further information please contact the Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery team:
    Phone: 1800 155 325
    Email: MOH-AboriginalNursing@health.nsw.gov.au

  • Caring for mental health carers - One Door Mental Health

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    When you’re looking after a family member who is living with a mental illness, it can take its toll on your own health, wellbeing and life goals. Ensuring that you get the support and respite you need so you can be the best version of yourself for your loved one is paramount; so who cares for the carers?

    One Door Mental Health is the service provider for the NSW Family & Carer Mental Health Program in partnership with five Local Health Districts (LHD). The five LHDs involved are Hunter New England, Murrumbidgee, Southern NSW, Sydney, and South Western Sydney.

    If you need help caring for your loved one who lives with mental illness or have any questions about One Door Mental Health and our program please contact us. The One Door FCMHP team are experts in caring for carers.

    One Door is the CMO in partnership with the following LHDs:

    Carer Advocates are available across each LHD for both individual support sessions and education sessions.

    To find out more contact One Door on 1800 THE KEY (843 539) or visit onedoor.org.au

  • NSW Government’s Cost of Living program

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    New vouchers help with the cost of living and provide a boost for every budget

    The NSW Government’s Cost of Living program makes it easier for you to cut costs on power and utility bills, transport, health, sports and recreation.

    New vouchers are available through the program to help reduce the financial burden for NSW residents and provide a boost for every budget.

    Two additional $25 Dine & Discover NSW vouchers and $100 First Lap learn to swim vouchers are now among the more than 70 ways eligible residents can save through the Cost of Living program. The vouchers will also provide a much-needed boost for businesses across NSW and help people get back to work.

    By answering a few simple questions through an online Savings Finder, you can identify the rebates and savings you may be eligible to apply for.

    You can also book a free, one-hour appointment with a Service NSW Cost of Living Specialist to discuss your eligibility and get assistance with the application process. Appointments are currently by phone due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    For more information about Cost of Living rebates and savings, or to book an appointment with a Cost of Living specialist, visit Service NSW or call 13 77 88 from 7am-7pm Monday to Friday.

  • 2022 Indigenous focus road safety program - Karuah January 12

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    Join the TOTEM skateboarding team to learn about road safety with a free 3 hour workshop.

    The work shop includes all equipment, skateboard and scooter maintenance tips, FREE aboriginal print helmet.

    Karuah Skatepark - 2 Engel Avenue, Karuah NSW 2324

    Complete the online waiver form to register

    https://totemskateboarding.formstack.com/forms/road_safety_workshops

  • Footy 4 All F4A

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    F4A is keen to increase the participation of women and girls in the football codes in Port Stephens. F4A will build the skills of women and girls as leaders on, and off, the field. F4A provides free child-minding at games and encourages a family friendly atmosphere at training and games. F4A will run come-and-try events as well as women's social events.

    AFL contact Beth 0421 664 159

    Rugby contact Renee 0408 867 066

    Soccer contact Stevie 0432 282 262

    https://www.facebook.com/Footy4AllPortStephens/

  • Lifeline's FREE domestic & family violence response training

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    Lifeline are committed to ending violence against women and their children, dedicated to empowering frontline workers to respond confidently to those in crisis.

    DV-alert training is funded by the Australian Government Departments of Social Services. Their training is free for all frontline workers who ether work, volunteer or are on student placement in the health, allied health, education, childcare or community sections

    2-day DV-alert in person workshops

    31 January-1 February VALENTINE

    21-22 February SOMERSBY

    28 Feb-1 March Indigenous Stream MAITLAND

    22-23 March CHARLESTOWN

    Make your application at www.dvalert.org.au here. Financial assistance available for those coming from outer regional, check conditions when you visit www.dvalert.org.au.

    1- day DV-alert working with men who use violence

    Learn about drivers of men's use of violence, and how to take actions that will lower the risk these men present to their partners and children.

    14 February CESSNOCK

    15 February VALENTINE

    17 February NEWCASTLE

    18 February NEWCASTLE

    Make your application www.dvalert.org.au



  • Jupiter

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    Jupiter provides free youth early intervention mental health counselling services to vulnerable and isolated young people in the Port Stephens Local Government Area (LGA).

    Qualified counsellors and psychologists work alongside young people to build skills to manage issues such as grief, loss, anger, self-esteem, body image concerns, exam stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts – equipping youth with tools to “look up, look out and look forward”.

    There are now 3 Jupiter counselling centres across Port Stephens LGA, helping to reduce waiting times and improve access to youth mental health and wellbeing support across the region. Salamander Bay, Tilligerry, Raymond Terrace. https://jupiter.org.au/



  • Black Dog Institute Online Clinic

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    Free, online mental health assessment to connect you to support options.


    Created by leading clinicians and based on research, we have developed this free mental health assessment tool.

    It is suitable for anyone over 18 years of age who is:

    • worried they may be developing a mental health problem, or
    • would like to get a better understanding of their mental health.

    The Black Dog Institute provide global access to the Online Clinic but please note some of the suggested resources are specific to Australia.

    The Online Clinic takes you through a range of clinical assessments for common mental health conditions. At the end you will receive a personalised report with suggested support services and free or low-cost resources for you to access. This report can be downloaded, printed or emailed to share with your family or doctor.

    Your responses are completely anonymous. However, you have the option to provide contact details if you would like future updates and opportunities to get involved.

    Click here to view more information about their services.

  • Alesco Senior College - Now taking applications for year 9, 10, Seniors and Year 13 for 2022

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    Alesco Senior College is a part of ATWEA College (formally WEA), Atwea is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), which enables the students of Alesco Senior College access to a growing range of VET options as a part of their school studies.

    Operating since 2001, ATWEA College provide opportunities for young people to reach their potential in an environment that is designed specifically to support inclusion and individual needs. ATWEA students follow NESA syllabus and students can attain their full HSC through a variety of HSC, ATAR or non ATAR pathways.

    The Year 13 program, which started in 2020, offers students a unique opportunity to gain a VET in school qualification and complete their studies in HSC or non-ATAR pathways or undertake a self-managed work placement.

    Please view latest brochure here

    Website and Enrolment Application is here



  • COVID Fines | Aboriginal Legal Services

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