GK Cooking Class: Cooking on a Budget

SAMESH, January 2017

The next FREE peer-led cooking demonstration for people living with HIV is coming up quickly.

Healthy recipes to help keep those New Year’s Resolutions!

Watch the chef demonstrate and then sample the yummy results for lunch.

  • 10 am – 2 pm – Wednesday 8 February 2017
  • 57 Hyde street, Adelaide
  • Register by Monday 6 February
  • Call SAMESH on (08) 7099 5300 to register or with any queries

Download flyer (PDF) here GK CLASS WEDNESDAY

December GK Cooking Class for People Living with HIV

SAMESH, December 2016

Are you or your friends/family/clients living with HIV and wanting to learn to cook a Christmas meal on a budget? Come along and enjoy some great food and learn some new skills.

We understand how stressful Christmas can be when living on a budget, that’s why our December cooking demonstration will show you some budget-friendly meals that can be cooked for friends and family this Christmas.

The next class will run Wednesday 14 December, from 10am – 2pm, at 57 Hyde St. (RSVP by next Monday, 12 December, by phoning (08) 7099 5300 during business hours). The format of the day will be the same as our previous classes.

Download flyer here: gk-christmas-cooking-dec-2016

Survival cooking: meals on a budget for people living with HIV (free event)

SAMESH, September 2016

This is the second cooking demonstration for people living with HIV. This demonstration continues the theme of budget cooking, minimising food waste, and creating healthy nutritious meals that can be frozen or kept for a number of days in the fridge.

Details for this free event follow:

Date:                     Thurs 27 October
Time:                     10am – 2pm
Location:               57 Hyde Street, Adelaide SA 5000
RSVP:                    C.O.B Tuesday 25 October by calling (08) 7099 5300

This demonstration is open to men and women living with HIV and is a safe space to learn and share a passion for cooking with others in a social setting that is respectful of people’s lived experiences and cultural backgrounds. If someone says they are interested but is hesitant to come alone, they are able to bring someone with them; we ask that they indicate this when they RSVP.

Please note: when registering, participants can provide a pseudonym/stand-in name instead of their legal name if they wish. SAMESH staff respect the privacy and confidentiality of everyone who access our site and will not ask to see personal identification unless legally required.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Aymon from SAMESH with any questions regarding this demonstration, on 7099 5300 or via email

Download flyer (PDF) survival-cooking-october-final

Results of the Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey 2016

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, August 2016

In 2016, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health conducted the second annual Women’s Health Survey to understand the health information needs and behaviours of women living in Australia.

The survey set out to explore the health information needs of women and also identify trends in health behaviours, body image, mental health and health screening behaviours.
The 2016 Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey was a national survey of 3236 women and health professionals of differing ages, cultural backgrounds and from a range of metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia.
A selection of the key findings are outlined below:
Health concerns and information needs
• Women reported five main health concerns. These health concerns included weight
management, female-specific cancers, mental and emotional health, menopause and chronic pain.
• Nearly half of all women reported that they wanted more information on healthy eating and nutrition. Women also reported they wanted more information on mental health, weight management and memory.
• Women residing in metropolitan locations reported different health information needs to
women in regional and rural Australia.
Health checks and screening
• On average women visited the doctor 3-5 times per year, with only a small number of women not visiting the doctor at all in the last 12 months.
• Most women felt confident to ask their doctor questions and discuss health issues that were of concern. Only a small group reported that they were not confident to ask questions.
• Health professionals reported family violence, followed by painful sex and sexual health problems as health topics that their female patients found difficult to discuss.
• Most women reported engaging in general health checks as well as pap screening, breast screening and bowel screening. However, many women reported that they were not engaging in sexual health screening for STIs.
Download report (PDF) here

GK’s Cooking Demonstrations for people living with HIV

SAMESH will be running a number of cooking demonstrations aimed at people living with HIV (PLWHIV) on lower incomes, and the first demonstration will be held Thursday 25 August.

The sessions will run bi-monthly from then (in August, October, and December). These classes are aimed at encouraging and teaching people how to cook healthy and nutritious meals at home.

We also have a broader approach by inviting a health professional to attend the demonstration to provide an informal discussion on the benefits moving to a healthier lifestyle can have on their overall quality of life. This would include such areas as dieticians, dentists, fitness instructor/trainer, cardiologist, and so on. This isn’t a clinical visit nor meant to interfere with any on-going treatments; it is a chance for those attending to hear from professionals in the field who can provide some advice that may otherwise prove intimidating to seek themselves or feel they cannot access for any reason.

The event is open to all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds.

We ask that people register their interest as soon as possible to ensure we have accurate numbers for the day to accommodate accordingly.

  • First session: Thursday August 25th at 10 AM – 2.30 PM, at SAMESH, 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide
  • To book, call 7099 5300 or email kat.elsby@shinesa.org.au


Group interventions key to improving health of older lesbian, bisexual women, study finds

The results of a US study suggest that group intervention is an effective tool to help aging lesbian and bisexual women improve their overall health behaviours. The study, published today in a supplement to the journal Women’s Health Issues, addresses growing concerns over health disparities amongst women in this demographic, which include elevated levels of stress, anxiety, substance abuse and larger body sizes in comparison to their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Read more of press release here
  • Access entire supplement (open access) here