Riding the Wave of Sexual Health

Three local organisations have come together for a second year to promote sexual health in a unique way.

Two surfboards designed to help raise awareness around blood borne virus and sexual health will be on display at Bega’s Wandarma Drug and Alcohol Service in Ayres Walkway until January 30.

The boards have been designed by artist and designer Zac Bennett-Brook, with the artworks symbolising the coming together and interconnecting of communities.

“When people come together to yarn and share knowledge, key lessons and messages are passed on -sometimes those learnings will be around sexual health and looking after yourself,” Mr Bennett-Brook said.

A partnership between Wandarma, Grand Pacific Health and Bega Sexual Health has brought the boards to Bega as they travel along the South Coast leading up to NAIDOC Week 2017 in July.

There is a chance for members of the public to win the boards as part of a competition by texting “stay safe” to 0434 568 233.

Bega Sexual health nurse Fiona McKenna said it is important for members of the public to be screened regularly.

“It is very easy to come to community health for screening, just call me between Monday and Thursday on 0477 337 585,” she said.

This article originally appeared in the Bega District News, 19 Jan 2017

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