The noticeboard is a place for community members to find the latest health news about activities, programs, training and education in Western Sydney.

COVID-19

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that can cause severe respiratory illness. Symptoms like fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath are known cases of COVID-19.

The virus can be spread from person to person, however with good hygiene infection can be prevented. To help reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 follow the healthdirect How to avoid infection guide.

For more information visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage to stay up-to-date with the latest health news. You can also find useful resources and community information that has been specifically developed by NSW Health, the Department of Health (DoH) and other health organisations.

If you’re needing medical advice or think you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your local GP or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Volunteering Platform to Support the Vulnerable

The NSW Government has partnered with Centre for Volunteering to establish a new platform to assist those in need during COVID-19

Volunteers are being empowered to provide welfare checks, deliver supplies and offer essential transport to vulnerable people through a new online platform linking community members with charities, NGOs and councils in need of support.

Organisations and volunteers are encouraged to register to help support people impacted by COVID-19.

You can read the Media Release to find out more or visit the Emergency Support Volunteering website to register. 

COVID-19 Testing in Western Sydney

Western Sydney have several COVID-19 testing clinics for patients who show symptoms of COVID-19. If you have a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, health professionals encourage you to be tested. For more information on your nearest testing clinics, visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage or call your local GP.

Youth Health Service COVID-19 Testing

Youth Health is providing COVID-19 testing for homeless young people who have symptoms and any young people who are living in the same refuge or accommodation service, even if they don’t show symptoms. To book an appointment contact Youth Health Service in Harris Park on 8860 2500 or the Mount Druitt Western Area Adolescent team on 9881 1230.

International Student Support

Most people are not eligible for Medicare will have health or travel insurance. For those that do not have adequate insurance coverage, NSW Health will waive these costs to help support international students. This includes the waiving of payment and debt recovery procedures for ambulance transfers of people suspected to have COVID-19 infection, who are taken to NSW Health facilities for assessment.

If you test positive to COVID-19 and require treatment, NSW Health will also waive these costs. This includes waiving payment and debt recovery procedures for people seeking treatment at NSW Health facilities.

These arrangements have been put in place to ensure payment issues are not a barrier for people from overseas with respiratory symptoms seeking early medical advice.

For more information visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage or call Study Australian Partners on 1300 981 621.

Coping During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 is a stressful time for children young people, their families, carers and mothers who are pregnant or at home with a new baby. We understand that being socially isolated and caring for one another can create some natural anxieties or heighten some difficulties.

The Let’s Talk Mental Wellness line is available to help support you, your families, carers and supporters of children and young people during this difficult time.

The line is free and available Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. 

To find out more about this service have a look at their online brochure or give them a call on 8890 5236

Coping During COVID-19 Pandemic

Cumberland City Council has released a Good Neighbour Calling Card for community members to download and print if they are able to help out a neighbour during these challenging times. The card also includes important tips to keep community members safe if they are receiving assistance.

For more information on Good Neighbour visit Cumberland Neighbour website or call on 8757 9000

Breast Cancer Screening NSW

During the early stages of COVID-19, BreastScreen NSW temporarily suspended their services to protect women, staff and community from the risk of COVID-19. As restrictions are slowly lifting, BreastScreen NSW will be recommencing their breast screening and inviting women to have their regular breast screen, starting with clients who had their appointments cancelled during the suspension period.

Visit the BreastScreen NSW website for more information.  

Live Life Get Active

To ensure the community maintain a health lifestyle at home, Live Life Get Active (LLGA) have provided weekly scheduled classes that are live streamed for you and your family. To be a part of LLGA exercise classes make sure you become a member and book a zoom class online. Visit their page for more information on membership and daily live stream classes.

Pregnant Women Screened for Hepatitis B

Did you know that NSW Health’s Hepatitis B Strategy calls for every pregnant woman to be tested for hepatitis B. Hepatitis NSW have developed a pamphlet that aims to help address the needs of women diagnosed within antenatal screening. For more information simply email pharvey@hep.org.au or call Hepatitis Infoline on 1800 803 990.

We’ve collaborated with local organisations to improve the health of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members living with chronic health conditions. Due to COVID-19 the Challenge has moved to an online mode and aims to help participants develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. More information is available online.