SHINE SA services over the holiday season 2017/18

All SHINE SA sites will be closed from 12 PM Friday December 22nd, reopening on January 2nd at the usual times. This includes Woodville, Davoren Park, Hyde Street and Noarlunga, as well as the SAMESH program.

This also includes our weekly Gilles Plains clinic (reopening Thursday 4th) and our Rapido weekly clinic for rapid HIV testing (reopening Monday 8th).

SASHA will be taking a break until 16th January.

All of us at SHINE SA would like to wish you a safe and peaceful festive season and a happy new year for 2018.

We do acknowledge that this can be a difficult and stressful time for some.

For urgent help during this time:

  • If it is an emergency, phone 000 (Police, Ambulance or Fire Service).
  • If you are in crisis, or the person you are supporting is in crisis, the following free services can provide immediate support:

* Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
* Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
* Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) This service is available for kids and young people (up to 25 years of age).
*  QLife: 1800 184 527 (3pm to midnight) QLife is a counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI).
* Mental Health Triage Service: 13 14 65 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week

If you suspect HIV exposure:

  • the PEP hotline never closes, call 1800 022 226

If you require Emergency Contraception (must be within 5 days of unprotected intercourse, the sooner the better)

Thank you to all SASHA subscribers and browsers for your support in 2017! 

Free ‘Law For Community Workers’ seminar (in person or online)

Legal Services Commission of South Australia, July 2017

“Helping Clients with Legal Problems”: This seminar will provide an overview of how to help clients with legal problems. It will cover issues such as providing legal assistance, related responsibilities such as confidentiality, how to access legal information, and options for referring clients who need further assistance with legal problems.

We will canvas the full range of services that are available from the Legal Services Commission – from our Legal Helpline to our online information options to applying for grants of legal aid.

Venue: In person at the Legal Services Commission, Level 3, 30 Flinders Street, Adelaide OR as an online guest via webcast

Session Details: Date: Thursday 3 August 2017, time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Enquiries: For further information contact Paula Meegan, Legal Education Officer, on 8111 5749 or via email 

Bookings: Seats are limited. Bookings are essential for both the live seminar and webcast.

Australian FGM Hotline launched

No FGM Australia, September 16th, 2015

CALL 1800 522 707 IF YOU ARE IN DANGER OF FGM OR IF YOU KNOW OF A GIRL IN DANGER OF FGM

A new FGM Hotline was launched today to help girls who may be in danger of female genital mutilation (FGM).

FGM, also known as female genital cutting or female circumcision, is a centuries old traditional practice which involves the coercive removal of little girls’ genitalia. It is considered a violation of human rights and a form of violence against girls. It has no benefits, only harm. FGM is practiced in 29 countries in Africa, in several Middle Eastern countries and Asian countries including Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Malaysia and Singapore. Many people have moved to Australia from countries that are affected by FGM.

The practice of FGM continues after arrival in Australia. Anecdotal evidence of girls being taken from Australia to FGM affected countries is rife, and there are practitioners working illegally in backyard operations in our own cities. Currently there is a case in NSW of two girls who were ‘circumcised” in Sydney lounge rooms. No FGM Australia estimate that there are 5,640 girls in Australia who are in high risk of FGM. There are also 1,100 girls born every year who may also be in high danger of being subjected to FGM. That is 3 girls a day born in Australia who are at risk of significant harm.

Sometimes people know about plans for a girl to be mutilated (“circumcised”), but they don’t know who to call or what to do, so girls remain vulnerable. Girls themselves may know they may be facing FGM but do not know what to do, or who to turn to. Girls and members of the community now have a dedicated FGM Hotline to call if they fear that they themselves or a girl they know are going to be either subjected to FGM in Australia, or taken overseas for FGM. The FGM hotline will be staffed by trained executives from the not-for-profit organisation No FGM Australia.

  • Read more here
  • CALL 1800 522 707 IF YOU ARE IN DANGER OF FGM OR IF YOU KNOW OF A GIRL IN DANGER OF FGM