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

COVID-19 is a 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 several COVID-19 testing clinics in Western Sydney for those who show symptoms of COVID-19 and meet the testing criteria. Find your nearest testing clinic on our COVID-19 testing clinic webpage.

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.

The Let’s Talk Mental Wellness line is also 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.

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. 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.

Blinded By Sugar: Western Sydney Diabetes Webinar

Western Sydney Diabetes is inviting the community on Tuesday 8 December at 6:30pm to hear from Dr Muecke, an ophthalmologist and founder of Sight For All, about the impact sugar is having on our health in his confronting presentation, Blinded By Sugar.

For more information visit our website or register online

Survey: Antibiotics Awareness Campaign

The Antibiotic Awareness survey explores what community members in Western Sydney think and know about antibiotics. There are eight questions that will ask you for your thoughts. Information about antibiotics will be provided along the way.

The survey will take between five and ten minutes to complete.

Find out more information and access the survey online

Mini Tots Soccer

Join Mini Tots Soccer for Term 4, run by Blacktown Area Community Centre. Each week they will provide fun and interactive videos for you and your child to enjoy at any time. 

If you are interested in joining these sessions email kylie@bacc.org.au with your child’s name, age, postcode and preferred email address. 

Term 4 will end on Wednesday 16 December and they will be back during Term 1 on Wednesday 3 February. 

Stride Opens Safe Space in Blacktown

Are you experiencing emotional distress? Stride has opened a new Safe Space in Blacktown. A walk-in service providing a welcoming and supportive environment for people aged 16 years and over. This is the first Safe Space in the region and in NSW.

Safe Space Blacktown will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 3pm to 9pm and can be found at 24 Panorama Parade, Blacktown.

Contact Stride to find out more on 1300 00 1907. 

Connecting Carers to Support

Are you one of Australia’s 2.65 million carers? Carer Gateway can reduce your stress and support you on your caring journey.

If you regularly look after a family member or friend who is elderly, ill or has disability? Call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 between Monday to Friday from 8am and 5pm.

Breast Cancer Screening NSW

Breast screening (a screening mammogram) saves lives by finding breast cancers early. Learn more about having your free breast screen with BreastScreen NSW.

Visit the BreastScreen NSW website for more information.  

Kitchen Garden Program with Coles

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation in partnership with Coles has produced a series of recipes and videos, ‘Kitchen garden program at home with Coles’ that you and your family can cook along with at home. There are some great and delicious recipes for all Aussies to try. Check out our dedicated Western Sydney Diabetes page for more information on this program.

Good Neighbour Calling Card

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

Calm Care Suicide Awareness

The CALM Care program teaches you how to be suicide aware, and recognise when someone may be thinking about ending their life. This online course will help you recognise, the subtle warning signs that are often missed or overlooked, how to approach them, make a connection, and know what to say. It will equip you, to confidently put your hand up, when someone is signalling they need care. 

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. 

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.