SAMESH Newsletter Spring 2017

SAMESH, 20/09/2017

The Spring newsletter is now available from SAMESH: South Australia Mobilisation + Empowerment for Sexual Health.

SAMESH provides support, education and training about Sexual Health and HIV for men who have sex with men and people living with HIV, as well as services for the broader LGBTIQ community, in South Australia. It is a joint program of SHine SA and VAC.

Trans services expanded at SHINE SA

SHINE SA, March 2017

SHINE SA has expanded its services for trans and gender diverse people, with the Trans Wellbeing service. This service provides non-urgent counselling, peer support and case management for people who are trans, gender diverse and gender questioning, their family members, partners and supports.

Trans Wellbeing is based at 57 Hyde Street in the city, and offers professional and peer support and information that is outside the mainstream health system.

Trans Wellbeing recruits from the South Australian transgender community wherever possible and includes volunteers and paid staff with a lived experience (trans women, trans men, people who identify as non-binary, partners and parents).

The service sees people from the age of 12 years and up, with a peer support service for trans/gender diverse people aged 18 years and up. Those aged 12 – 17 years receive a service tailored to their age.

Services provided through Trans Wellbeing are:

  • peer telephone support and information
  • peer support and case management
  • peer support program (18 years and up)
  • clinical psychology

Find more information on each of these here or by phoning (08) 7099 5300

 

An atlas of six South Australian communities: Mapping the influences on community wellbeing

DSCI & SA Health, 2016

An atlas of six South Australian communities: Mapping the influences on community wellbeing was produced for the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) and the Department for Health and Ageing (SA Health).

Over the last three decades, numerous reports and studies have highlighted substantial variations in the wellbeing across the South Australian population, and the gaps between those who are doing well, and those who are not. These differences, or ‘inequalities’, are readily apparent across Adelaide, and our rural and remote communities, as they are in other areas of Australia.

This atlas describes the extent and significance of inequalities in individual and community wellbeing, particularly those associated with wider social and economic influences; and points to areas where the impacts of disadvantage across the lifespan, and, in many cases across generations, need to be addressed.

The atlas includes a number of communities in Adelaide and rural and remote parts of the State, identified by these Departments (DCIS and SA Health):

  • Playford and Salisbury in the outer north,
  • Onkaparinga, in the outer south;
  • Those in Regional South Australia are the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal Community, Ceduna and Peterborough.

The information, presented as a series of indicators, highlights these inequalities and draws attention to the influence of social, economic and environmental factors on health and wellbeing. The ensuing picture is one of significant differences in outcomes in these communities, compared with similarly located areas.

Download atlas (PDF) here

SAMESH Newsletter (5) September 2015

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South Australian Targeted HIV and STI Prevention Program

Newsletter (5) September 2015 

It’s been an exciting month for SAMESH with us finding a new home, rolling out new STI and HIV campaigns and recruiting SAMESH volunteers.

QUICK NEWS

  • The lease has been signed and the SAMESH team have a new home! SAMESH will be found in the city at 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide. We’ve set a move date for 2 November, so stay tuned for SAMESH’s official launch at our new site.
  • SAMESH has a new website: www.samesh.org.au/. Also you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  • SAMESH wishes to thank Jan Fisher for her generous donation of 600 books to SAMESH. We have made a commitment to Jan Fisher that the books will be made available to community members. SAMESH will establish a library committee in January 2016 and recruit community volunteers to ensure the new SAMESH Library grows and is accessible to the LGBTIQ community.
  • SAMESH has sponsored Feast, and our commitment has been recognised by Feast naming SAMESH the Official Health Partner for 2015 -2016. SAMESH looks forward to working with Adelaide’s leading LGBTIQ Arts Festival throughout the year. Look out for our Drama Down Under Spring campaign throughout the festival.
  • The inaugural South Australian HIV and STI Collaborative Action Group (CAG) had its first meeting, and the HIV sector of South Australia will work collaboratively throughout 2015 -2016 to implement the SA HIV Implementation and Evaluation Plan.
  • SAMESH wishes to thank Ian Purcell, Tim Reeves and Will Sergeant for inviting SAMESH to attend numerous commemorative events for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Gay Law Reform in South Australia. SAMESH’s Team Leader, Wills Logue, looks forward to participating in the State of LGBTI Rights community forum run by the Gay and Lesbian Health Alliance on Saturday 17 October, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel.

COUNSELLING

SAMESH Counselling Service has begun at SHine SA with our peer counsellor Rob Willoughby. A new online counselling service will commence when SAMESH moves to the city location. For an appointment with Rob (Tuesday – Thursday) call Shine SA reception on 1300 794 584.

SAMESH will establish a peer volunteer counselling service in the near future. If you’re a qualified counsellor and a gay man and/or person living with HIV, please contact our volunteer coordinator Daniel Jefferies via email:   daniel.jeffries@shinesa.org.au

VOLUNTEERS

SAMESH’s Volunteer program is up and running. We have recruited community members to pack our ‘Safe Packs’ for distribution across Adelaide gay venues, social groups and sexual health Clinics.

We’re looking to recruit volunteers to help with SAMESH outreach during Pride March, Feast, Picnic and World AIDS Day. If you want more information contact Daniel, details below.

SAMESH volunteer co-ordinator delivered his first sauna outreach sessions last Friday and we’re looking to recruit and train community members to provide sexual health information to sauna users. If you use the sauna and are keen to become a safer sex SAMESH ambassador contact Daniel: email daniel.jeffries@shinesa.org.au

GetPEP

The GetPEP campaign has been launched, with posters being distributed to Pulteney 431, Mars Bar & various pub/club locations around Adelaide over the next month. Look out for SAMESH PEP coasters, condoms and business cards at numerous queer and non queer venues across Adelaide.

Blaze readers can see our PEP advert in the September issue. For further information check out our updated PEP info page: http://www.samesh.org.au/been-exposed-(pep).html

POSITIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – By Steve Moran

A highlight for me has been attending the Positive Leadership Development Institute™ (PLDI™) “Who am I as a Leader” workshop. The workshop was held in the stunning Dandenong Ranges from 4 – 6 September, and to say the workshop was motivational and inspirational would be an understatement!

The Positive Leadership Development (PLDI™) offers people living with HIV across Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to develop skills for leadership and resilience. PLDI™ is about identifying and building the personal sense of agency and capacity that translates into resilient leadership practices and strengthened community outcomes.

The workshop was attended by 12 amazingly diverse people living with HIV (PLHIV) from across Australia and New Zealand. The diversity of our experiences as PLHIV across age, gender, sexuality and time since diagnosis allowed us to bond and discuss the issues that impact our communities and how we can work together to create a rich web of connection and community. The workshop activities were at times personally challenging but intensely rewarding. As a community of people living with HIV we learnt a lot by stepping outside of our own realms of knowledge and connecting with others such as taking more with positive women, younger people living with HIV and people living with HIV from different cultural backgrounds. The people I shared the intense experience with will stay with me forever and since the workshop we have been frantically keeping in touch to build on the sense of urgency, energy and excitement we experienced.

Over the coming months you will be hearing more about the Positive Leadership Development Institute™ and how SAMESH will be supporting other PLHIV in the community to attend future workshops around the country.

If you would like to know more about the Positive Leadership Development Institute please feel free to call me Mon – Fri 08 8300 5371 or email steve.moran@shinesa.org.au.