Commonwealth Games Services Resources

Commonwealth Games – Get Set for the Games information is available to assist service planning  for the games period starting Wednesday 4 April – Sunday 15 April (inclusive).

During this period, travelling across the Gold Coast will be significantly impacted; the attached information can assist services, particularly with staff living on the Gold Coast plan for longer travel time to/from Tweed Shire based work places.

There will be limited access to areas due to road closures/ security checks; event times, etc.  

As several Gold Coast Homelessness services are based in ‘restricted Game zones’, it is envisaged Tweed Shire services (particularly those located near the QLD/NSW border) may experience increased numbers of persons seeking assistance.   

Resources re: Commonwealth Games:
  • Travel Action Plan Template HERE
  • The 4 R’s (Reduce, Re-mode, Re-time, Re-route) HERE
  • GC2018 Venue Maps HERE
  • Park n Ride Locations HERE
  • Games Route Network Map HERE
  • Games Route Network Info HERE
  • Venue and Protective Security Zone Maps HERE  
  • What is a Protective Security Zone? HERE
  • Road Closures (including some information on Local Access Passes) HERE

BreastScreen Bus: Call 13 20 50 to book a free mammogram

Don’t miss the bus! The BreastScreen Bus is in touring the region in January and early February. Book now on 13 20 50!

Did you know that 9 out of 10 women who are diagnosed do not have a family history of breast cancer? The good news is that early detection of breast cancer improves treatment.

A FREE mammogram every two years could save your life.

  • Women over 40 years are eligible to attend.
  • Women aged over 50 are urged to have a mammogram every 2 years.
  • It is free. No referral is required. 
  • Ballina: now until 16th January 2018 (river end of Moon St)
  • Murwillumbah: 16th until 22nd January 2018 (Knox Park car park)
  • Mullumbimby: 23rd until 29th January 2018 (Dalley Street)
  • Ocean Shores: 30th January until 6th February 2018 (Community Centre)

Mammogram breast cancer screening is also available all year round at clinics in Lismore and Tweed Heads.

Call 13 20 50 to book your appointment now!



Lifeline Northern Rivers Seeks Volunteers to Respond to Suicide Crisis

Lifeline Northern Rivers seeks volunteers to increase its capacity to respond to Australians in Crisis: 2866 suicides – almost 8 per day – 1 every 3 hours. Lifeline Northern Rivers believes it is time to recognise the scale of the challenge and is taking action locally to help to stop more unnecessary deaths.

Lifeline’s next Crisis Support Worker Training course will run from Tuesday 20 March 2018. The closing date for applications is Friday 2 March 2018.

Lifeline says:

2015 was a very difficult year with a record number of 3027 recorded deaths by suicide, thankfully 2016 has seen a small decrease but the number of deaths by suicide is still a very challenging statistic. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released in September 2017 showed that 2866 people took their own lives in 2016.

To that end we are determined to answer even more crisis calls in 2018.  Our current Lismore-based volunteers are doing a great job – they answered almost 21,000 calls in 2017 –  but we intend to make an even more impressive contribution in 2018 by adding volunteer numbers at times where the need for extra resourcing is greatest – early mornings, evenings and weekends.  

As part of that project we are now actively recruiting volunteer crisis supporters to work on the 13 11 14 crisis line at those high demand times. Currently we have about 75 active crisis support volunteers working out of Lismore and we are looking to add about 15 more volunteers to that number in early 2018.

Lifeline offers a life-saving and life-changing alternative. It is always there for those confronting crisis and suicide, but also for those who trust us with their ongoing and often complex problems. There are never any hoops to jump through or barriers to receiving help or judgements made – we provide a confidential and caring service and are only a phone call or online chat away. With Lifeline Centres, staff and volunteers based in every State and Territory across the country, we have a strong relationship with the community and therefore receive more calls than all other Australian helplines combined.

Training includes a significant element of on-line eLearning reinforced by 8 x 4 hour and 4 days of experiential classroom-based modules. This leads to a closely supervised and supported workplace training program which prepares the volunteer for acceptance as a probationary crisis support volunteer.

To receive a detailed information pack about the training:


$110M Funding Boost Tackles Anxiety and Depression Among Young Australians

The government has announced a $110 million boost in funding to fight anxiety and depression among young people, Pro Bono News reports.

The funding is set to go towards school mental health programs and a range of new headspace centres, with $46 million set aside for beyondblue’s new Mental Health in Education initiative.

See the full story on Pro Bono News or read the excerpt below:

As part of the funding, beyondblue will receive up to $46 million for its integrated school-based Mental Health in Education initiative, which is currently in its design and development phase and will be launched in August this year.

The latest funding will allow the initiative to continue for another two years, past the initial two-year funding phase granted in mid-2017.

Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue, told Pro Bono News the new initiative would give early learning services and primary and secondary school communities easy and free access to a comprehensive range of mental health resources that could be accessed at any time, both online and face-to-face.

“This will mean early learning services and schools are equipped to support the mental health of Australian children and young people from the day they enter the education system to the end of year 12,” Harman said.

“It will increase the mental health literacy and confidence of educators so they can support children, young people and their parents and carers to build skills to better deal with life’s challenges as they arise.

“The initiative will span all needs – from promoting good mental health to prevention activities to early intervention support for kids experiencing mental health issues, to crisis support to secondary schools when there is a suicide.

“For secondary schools dealing with a suicide, we will provide extensive post suicide support for the entire school community that is dealing with the trauma.”

In addition to beyondblue, the latest funding package will see $16 million go to Emerging Minds for the National Workforce Support in Child Mental Health initiative.

Funding of $2.5 million will provide for an evaluation of the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program – which has been extended until June 2021.

The headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation will also receive additional funding of $30 million for the headspace national program allowing it to provide further support to Primary Health Networks in commissioning headspace services.

Orygen will receive additional funding of $13.5 million for the operation of the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health to continue to provide national leadership for youth mental health in research, policy advice and workforce training.

A total of four digital mental health services – Kids Helpline, ReachOut, Suicide Callback Service and QLife – also received $1.8 million additional funding over two years.


Return & Earn – Cash Back Collection Points in Northern Rivers

The NSW container deposit scheme commenced on 1 December 2017. In the Northern Rivers currently there are mostly over the counter Collection Points with Lismore being the first in the region to receive reverse vending machines.

You can cash in your containers at the flowing places.

  • MI Organics, Grafton – Crn Duke St & Kirchner St – Over-the-Counter Collection Point
  • Matthews Metal Recycling, Maclean – 2 Paperbark Drive – Over-the-Counter Collection Point
  • Humbly Oval, Lismore – Brewster St Recycling – Reverse Vending Machine
  • BP Chinderah – 2 Chinderah Bay Drive – Over-the-Counter Collection Point
  • Woolworths Woolgoolga – 1849 Solitary Islands Way – Reverse Vending Machine

There are opportunities for charity groups to receive donations through the scheme and vendors to become Return & Earn Collection Points.

Find out more on the NSW EPA website


Survey: Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Services Research

The Graduate School of Health at University of Technology Sydney is inviting parents whose children have an intellectual disability to participate in a brief survey to see whether or not parents have experienced any barriers to accessing mental health services. Survey responses are anonymous, and participants can enter a draw for a $50 Coles Myer voucher.

Click the link below to complete the survey:


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