Responding to Female Genital Mutilation as a women’s health issue (forum)

SHine SA, January 2017

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO). It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision. There are 83,000 women and girls who have been affected by FGM in Australia. FGM has no health benefits but causes lifelong health consequences for women and girls.

Our ReFRESH forum will consist of a presentation on the topic and a personal experience of FGM. The aim is to provide participants with a better understanding of FGM. We will explore where, when, how and why FGM is practised, and how to care for survivors.

When: 9 February 2017

Where: SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Time: 1.30 – 4.30 pm

Cost: $50 (Student Concession $45)

Light refreshments provided


Enquiries: Phone 8300 5320 / Email

Download flyer here: FGM Forum

Forum: Porn literacy: raising sexually intelligent young people

SHine SA, October 2016

In the words of Dr Marty Klein, Licensed Sex Therapist, Writer and Speaker: “In addition to death and taxes, there are two other things we can be sure of:  The internet is here to stay. Pornography is here to stay.”

With that in mind, join us at our ReFRESH Forum as we discuss the need to equip our young people with the essential skills and strategies to critique, understand and de-code what they see (be it accidental or purposeful viewing).

The session includes discussion time and practical tips.

When: 11 November 2016 (Friday)
Where: SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville
Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Cost: $50 (Student Concession $25)
Afternoon tea provided.

Online enrolment:
Closing date for enrolment: Wednesday 9 November
Enquiries Phone 8300 5300 / Email

Download flyer (PDF) here:refresh-porn-literacy

Forum this Friday – intersectional diversity: CALD and LGBTIQ

SHine SA, July 2016

Our identities often fall into several groups at one time. We call this intersectionality. This can lead to particular issues for people.
What are the issues faced by culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people who also identify as LGBTIQ?
Join us as we explore the issues faced by CALD LGBTIQ people, including:
> Homophobia
> Racism
> Invisibility
> Stigma and discrimination
> Exclusion and isolation
> Impact on health and wellbeing

We will discuss personal and professional experiences.

The session will be facilitated by Khadija Gbla. Panel members include:
> Ben Yi (Community Support Worker, PEACE Multicultural Services)
> Anisa Varasteh (Community Service Coordinator, PEACE Multicultural Services)
> Leah Sarkanj (Social Worker, Multicultural Youth SA)
> Sharna Ciotti (Senior Social Worker, Families SA)

When 15 July 2016 (Friday)
Where SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville
Time 1.30 – 4.30 pm
Cost $50 (Student Concession $25) – Light refreshments provided.

There are still places left, online enrolment here:

Enquiries Phone 8300 5317 / Email

Guest presenter announced for IDAHOT ReFRESH Forum

We are delighted to announce that our lead presenter at out ReFRESH Forum for IDAHOT is Sarah K Reece.

Sarah is an amazing individual who is part of the queer community, a consumer of mental health services, and a worker in the sector also. Her open and creative approach to life will  inform her presentation which will kick off our proceedings. She will take a fresh look at self-care – we all hear about it as workers in regard to ourselves and our clients, but how useful is the way we frame it? When self-care becomes more work which is measured in terms of success or failure, and carries with it notions of obligation and shame, can we take stock and look at it in a different way?

The forum on 17th  May (the International Day Against Homophobia,Transphobia & Biphobia) at Woodville will explore mental health and LGBTI people, with particular reference to some of the people who exist at the intersections in the community: nonbinary/genderqueer people and bisexual/pansexual people.

After Sarah’s presentation she will join our specially invited panel of guests to answer some of our questions in a Q & A session.

When the formal proceedings have finished we will have an afternoon tea featuring rainbow cake!

To register for the forum please go to this link:

When 17 May 2016 (Tuesday)

Where SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Time 1.30 – 4.30 pm

Cost $50 (Student Concession $25) Invoice issued on receipt of enrolment form



IDAHOT ReFRESH forum – Mental health, Gender & sexual diversity: supporting clients who are LGBTIQ

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT). SHine is marking the occasion with a ReFRESH forum on Mental Health and Wellbeing among LGBTIQ communities, followed by afternoon tea with rainbow cake!

The forum will feature a panel of speakers who will discuss mental health and wellbeing of same-sex attracted and gender diverse people, from their lived and/or professional experience. While we will look at the LGBTIQ communities as a whole, we will focus on nonbinary and bisexual people especially, as their voices are often left out of the conversation.

The forum will feature:

> A presentation on self-care for LGBTIQ workers and their clients
> An interactive panel of guest speakers, with professional tips and strategies, and personal stories
> Opportunities to ask questions and engage in discussions
> Introduction to resources and referral options, when supporting your clients from these populations
> Networking with other workers from the sector
> Rainbow cake!

When 17 May 2016 (Tuesday)

Where SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Time 1.30 – 4.30 pm

Cost $50 (Student Concession $25)

Invoice issued on receipt of enrolment form

Afternoon tea provided.

Online enrolment:
Closing date for enrolment: Friday 6 May
Enquiries Phone 8300 5317 / Email

Download flyer here ReFRESH IDAHOT