• Lockdown Wellness Kits - Australian Red Cross

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    Australian Red Cross has our back this school holidays in lockdown! They have created a Lockdown Wellness Kit with activities for both children and adults.

    Each day you can complete one of their activity cards that focus on tips to stay 🏃‍♀️ active, 😀 positive, 😌 calm and 💬 connected.

    A simple idea to combat the lockdown blues is getting outside in the sunshine to ‘walk n talk’ with a friend.

    Download the kit and get started on your lockdown wellness journey 👉bit.ly/3EJgBRi

  • Fee-Free* Online Short Courses - TAFE NSW

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    If you’re currently in lockdown and want to upskill, you can with a fee-free* online short course.

    TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free* short courses to all NSW residents*, new classes are added all the time, but places are limited.

    Courses are a mix of self-paced online or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which can pathway into a variety of full TAFE NSW qualifications.

    Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible, you need to be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder, identified temporary visa holder or New Zealand citizens. You also need to be 15 years or over, no longer at school and living or working in NSW.

    Terms and Conditions

    You can only enrol in up to two Fee-Free* Courses at a time.

    You can find the full list of available courses by clicking on the link here.

    * Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply including two courses per person.

  • Uni4You - University of Newcastle

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    WHAT IS UNI4YOU?

    Uni4You offers a suite of free activities and workshops that foster engagement and encourage enrolment in the University’s pathway programs - Open Foundation and Yapug.

    The activities and sessions run at a variety of community locations across both the Hunter and Central Coast regions. We offer assistance and support via:

    • Information Sessions
    • Preparing for Study Sessions (reading, writing, lecture notetaking)
    • University Tours
    • Application and enrolment assistance
    • Coping with change discussions
    • Peer learning support groups

  • Weekly Online Yarning Circles - Interrelate

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  • UPDATED: Statement of Attainment in Community Services - TAFE NSW

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    You can find the enrolment form in our library here.

  • Hunter Primary Care Drug and Alcohol Psychology Program

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    The below is an excerpt from Hunter Primary Care's Drug and Alcohol Psychology Program Information Sheet and Provisional Referral Form. You can find the full document in our library here.

    The Hunter Primary Care Drug and Alcohol Psychology Program provides free psychology services with interventions tailored to the client’s goals. Interventions may include treatment of existing mild-moderate mental health symptoms and/or support to reduce or stop using alcohol or other drugs, including aftercare support focusing on relapse prevention.

    Available Psychology Services include counselling and brief interventions with a psychologist, delivered face-to-face, video-call or over the phone. We have a range of locations available including: Newcastle, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, and Singleton.

    Along with psychology services, HPC also offers MindReach, a telephone supported program for people experiencing mild to moderate drug or alcohol use. It can also help manage mild to moderate mental health issues. MindReach includes a workbook, which contains information and activities that are designed to help with common concerns. The MindReach worker provides regular telephone appointments which can last up to one hour. The phone calls offer support to build skills to manage drug or alcohol use. If more support is needed than what MindReach can provide, the person can be transferred to one of our psychologists.

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Aged 16 years or older
    • Mild-moderate alcohol or other drug use and/or
    • Mild-moderate mental health symptoms

    Our program is not appropriate for people who:

    • Require long-term or ongoing support
    • Experience severe dependence or poly-drug use requiring medical care
    • Are requesting work development, court-ordered or probation and parole treatment reports

    In these instances, our intake team can provide recommendations for alternative services if required.

    We also accept self-referrals. Please contact our intake team on (02) 4935 3039 or PRIMA@hunterprimarycare.com.au for more information.

  • 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.

  • The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Program

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    TARGETED COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

    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:

    www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/grants/covid-19-aboriginal-community-response-grants-program

  • 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.



  • NSW Government COVID-19 Individual, Business and Industry Support

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    The NSW Government has collated the individual, business and industry support options available to those impacted by COVID-19. You can view the options available below or as a PDF in our library here.