Friday 10 Apr 2020
Coronavirus Update Bulletin The PHN is publishing a regular COVID-19 update specifically for our region. The subscription link can be accessed HERE. Access up to date clinical advice To provide General Practice with a centralised and single source of daily updated information, the PHN is, through its HealthPathways websites, curating information and advice from both the Commonwealth and NSW Health Departments. This information is accessible from...
Tuesday 31 Mar 2020
New research has revealed that air pollution from the devastating bushfires this summer was responsible for more than 400 deaths and several thousand extra hospitalisations for heart and lung problems. Despite warnings from public health experts to stay inside as much as possible and be alert to exacerbations of chronic diseases, it appears that thousands of people were unable to protect themselves. Read article
Friday 17 Jan 2020
The stress of experiencing something such as a bushfire can leave people at a higher risk of developing depression or anxiety, even if they are not directly dealing with loss of property and/or possessions. If you live in the New England, North West or Mid-Coast regions and have been affected by the bushfires, you can access free mental health coaching via the bushfire wellbeing coaching line. CALL 1800 010 630between 8.30 am – 5.00 pm, Mon...
Wednesday 15 Jan 2020
HNECC PHN CEO, Richard Nankervis, today signed the Life in Mind National Communications Charter on behalf of the organisation. The Charter is a resource and guiding document aiming to develop a unified approach to mental health and suicide prevention. Importantly it informs the way we talk about mental illness and suicide, and represents a formal commitment to working collaboratively to reduce the stigma surrounding them.
Tuesday 7 Jan 2020
The Acting Chief Medical Officer and State and Territory Chief Health Officers have released a statement for the general public and health professionals about the use of masks by people exposed to bushfire smoke. The statement includes information about: the best ways to protect yourself and your family from the health effects of bushfire smoke who is most at risk and may benefit from the use of a mask the types of masks available how t...