SWOP - Sex Workers Outreach Program Sydney

Published date: June 7, 2019

About SWOP

SWOP is Australia’s largest and longest established community-based, peer education sex worker organisation focused on HIV, STI and hepatitis C prevention, education and health promotion for sex workers in NSW.

A key element in the success of SWOP’s work is the building of strategic, collaborative and multidisciplinary working relationships with sex workers, other key health, government and non-government organisations, and advocating for an equitable and holistic approach to services provided to sex workers.

Since 1990, SWOP has been funded by the NSW Ministry of Health (NSW Health) to provide sexual health information and support to sex workers in NSW, specifically in relation to HIV and other sexually transmissible infections. Throughout this period, governance had been managed by ACON, the peak NSW HIV/STI health promotion/prevention NGO.

NSW can be proud that there has been no recorded case of HIV transmission from sex worker to client, and lower rates of STIs among female sex workers compared to women in the non sex working population.

This success has been made possible, in large part, through the decriminalisation of the NSW sex industry, allowing sex workers access to vital services and support, regulatorary bodies access to sex workers and sex worker workplaces and sex workers to have access to those regulators.

Decriminalisation also enables SWOP to access the majority of sex services premises throughout NSW.



OUR MISSION

SWOP's mission is to improve the health of all sex workers in NSW through innovative, holistic, and effective approaches to sexual health, and to improve the protection of their human rights.



OUR VALUES

At SWOP we value and respect:
• Self-determination for sex workers
• The diversity of the sex industry and its workforce
• Holistic approaches to health and wellbeing society
• Workplace rights and the recognition of sex work as work



WHAT WE DO

SWOP offers free and confidential services to all people who engage in sex work in NSW, including:
• safer sex supplies; we distribute free safe sex ‘workers packs’ with condoms, gloves, dams and lube, which can also be collected from our Surry Hills office, in addition to a range of supplies for purchase by cash or EFTPOS
• HIV, Hep C, STIs and sexual health information
• SWOPconnect; a peer-based telephone sex work information & support service
• information on laws and legislation including the Sex Industry Legal Kit and associated fact sheets (all downloadable)
• referrals to free legal advice for sex workers on sex work and non-sex work matters
• health and workplace safety information including downloadable resources, face-to-face information and service referrals
• confidential counselling and support at our offices in Surry Hills or by telephone with referrals to other services
• safer injecting equipment on outreach and at our Surry Hills office (including intra muscular injecting equipment)
• employment information and support; including information for new workers and workers wishing to leave sex work or former workers wishing to return; we support all sex workers in all areas of the industry at all times
• printed resources & sex worker magazines at Surry Hills office
• reference library at our Surry Hills office with internet and computer access for sex workers
• outreach to sex industry workplaces, in urban, regional and rural areas
• workshops for sex industry workers including safer sex and sexual health, business management, safety, laws and regulations, workshops for new workers and workshops for those looking for a second job or to find a non sex working employment and issues specific to different aspects and types of sex work
• training to other services to create a better understanding of sex worker issues; feel free to contact us if you work for a service that would benefit from workplace training


Get Involved

There are many ways you can support SWOP and our work with sex workers across NSW.
You can become a member, work with us, volunteer or make a donation.
SWOP is a community-based non-government organisation working in our community, for the community. We are also a registered charity, and all assistance is gratefully received.


HOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 10am - 6pm, Wed: 2pm - 6pm


Phone Number: (02) 9206 2166
Website: https://swop.org.au

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