July 2014

Hunter Homeless Connect Day – Tuesday 12th August 2014

Hunter homless

Do you know someone who is homeless or doing it tough and at risk of homelessness?

 Karumah will have a stand at the

Hunter Homeless Connect Day

Tuesday 12 August, 2014

Newcastle PCYC, Cnr Young & Melbourne Rds Broadmeadow

‘Be Aware – Your Needs, Your Rights, Your Responsibilities’


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Mens Group – This Thursday


At our recent Men’s Health Workshop at Karumah it was decided to have ongoing groups on men’s health. The idea is to have the groups facilitated until the group becomes self-sustaining. The next Men’s Group will be Thursday July 17th at Karumah from 10.30 to 11.30am will be facilitated by Greg Milan so come along have a cuppa and share some insights. MEN ONLY!! then join us for lunch.

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Drumbeat Workshop

Just a reminder Drumbeat start tomorrow at Karumah 10am to 12drumbeat9[1]

Music as a tool

  • has a positive impact on mental health
  • transcends language barriers
  • allows people to release unprocessed feelings in a safe way
  • produces a vibration which can have an effect on the brain
  • supports social bonding and
  • promotes friendship, trust, cooperation and collaboration. Where: KarumahCost: Gold coin
  • RSVP: 02 4940 8393 or 0490 009 571
  • Time: 10am
  • When: Tuesday 15th July for 10 weeks


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FOR MEN – A Humanistic Buddhism Approach

Saturday August 16 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

Upper Hunter Room 1, Travelodge King Street Newcastle

Is it the time to find more meaning in your life? Perhaps you’ve been time poor and now you have plenty of time and wonder what to do with it? What is actually important to you? What do you need to do?  Do you know what your life purposes are? Are you longing to free yourself from self-doubt and negative self-belief? Do you want to feel more passionate about life and more powerful in your approach to life? Do you want to learn more about compassion, mindfulness and meditation. This new one day program provides a safe space to spend some time with like minded men defining what it means to be a man today and learning some new skills to help us to  plan for a more meaningful, happy and contented life.

The program will cover: – Overview of humanistic Buddhism – Finding our sense of purpose and the role of compassion – An introduction to meditation and mindfullness – Better ways of living and coping with difficulties and illness should they arise –How we can find tune our goals and find more support for any changes we make

MEANING FOR MEN is facilitated by men’s health consultant Greg Millan a social work trained health educator, group worker and trainer with over 26 years experience in the men’s health promotion area conducting many programs for men in the community. He is the President of the Men’s Health Forum NSW Inc. and an Board Member of the Australian Men’s Health Forum Inc., Australia’s peak body implementing a social approach to male health and is the author of “Men’s health & wellbeing: an a–z guide”. He uses a strengths based approach and employs principles of humanistic Buddhism in his work with others. Pay by donation on the day. You receive resources, all refreshments and a light lunch. You must register for catering purposes. Email programs@menshealthservices.com.au or ring 0417 772 390 to register or for more information.

Greg Millan, Men’s Health Consultant



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20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014)

Melbourne hosting the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014)

The premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic. Since the consultation took place, the City of Melbourne in partnership with Melbourne Conventions and Visitors Bureau (MCVB), Department of Health and Australian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), have secured the XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) to be held in Melbourne in 2014.


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Self-testing for HIV will soon be available for Australians


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Peter Dutton says self-testing kits can be sold by manufacturers direct to customers. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/AAP

Australians will soon be able to test themselves for HIV after the federal government announced that restrictions preventing the manufacture and sale of self-testing kits had been lifted.

The government has unveiled its 2014-2017 national strategies on HIV, hepatitis B and C, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and a special strategy on targeting blood-borne viruses and STIs in the Indigenous community.

Its “ambitious” HIV strategy aims to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV by 50% by 2015, as a key step towards a 2020 elimination target.

To help it achieve this goal the government has removed a restriction preventing the manufacture and sale of HIV home self-test kits.

The health minister, Peter Dutton, said on Monday that companies can now apply to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for approval to supply their test kits, which will be able to be sold direct to customers.

Dutton also announced that from next July those living with HIV will be able to access their medicine from a pharmacy of their choice, rather than a hospital.

The head of infectious diseases at the Alfred hospital in Melbourne, Professor Sharon Lewin, said the HIV strategy set some “ambitious targets”.

“Australia has taken a rather bold step working towards eliminating new HIV infections by 2020,” she said.

“The increased availability of testing and greater ease of accessing treatment through community-based pharmacies will both greatly assist in reducing new infections.”

There were 1,200 new HIV infections last year and the highest prevalence of HIV in Australia is still among gay men.

“A big challenge will be in eliminating new infections in men who have sex with men,” Lewin said.

Meanwhile, the government plans to halve the incidence of new hepatitis C infections by 2017.

Chronic hepatitis C affects about 230,000 people in Australia and is a leading cause of liver cancer.

Dutton said the TGA recently approved a new hepatitis C treatment called sofosbuvir (Sovaldi, Gilead).

This treatment can reduce treatment time and increase cure rates for hepatitis C to 90%.

Hepatitis Australia, which worked with the government to develop the national strategies, said immediate action was needed to halt the rising rates of new infections and “appallingly low levels of treatment”.

“Without urgent investment in rigorous treatment programs, Australia will continue to fail in its efforts to halt escalating rates of serious liver disease due to chronic hepatitis B or C,” said Hepatitis Australia’s acting chief executive, Kevin Marriott.

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Mental Health Month NSW 2014 – Small Grant applications close 18 July 2014.


There are a range of small grants you can apply for:

       5 grants of $1000 and 20 grants of $500 for projects focusing on any sector of the community.

       2 grants of $1000 and 6 grants of $500 for projects focusing specifically on Indigenous communities.

       1 grants of $1000 and 5 grants of $500 for projects focusing specifically on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

       4 grants of $1000 and 2 grants of $500 for projects focusing specifically on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. These grants are sponsored by ACON. 


For more information:  http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au/well-being/campaigns/mental-health-month-nsw.html

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It’s the end of the financial year and Karumah has completed its first full year of our  chronic care self-management ‘outreach program’ . The results have been outstanding and the response fantastic. We have far exceeded all our targets the program is really working. A big thank you to our supportive and dedicated board, our tireless volunteers and Karumah staff who have made it all possible. Long live Karumah.

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Thank you …..


We have a number of dedicated and committed volunteers at the moment. It is hard to measure the impact they have and even more difficult to show them how much their silent work is appreciated. Karumah is planning a ‘Thank You”  event for our volunteers details will be out soon.

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