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 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.
We Need your Help to Improve Mental Health Services
The Mental Health Literacy Initiative project is a chance for us to come back together to explore new ways of providing mental health services and information.
If you’re a carer, a person with lived experience, or someone who has been affected by mental health and/or substance use, we want to hear from you.
Community participants will be encouraged to provide feedback and have a strong voice in the design of new ideas for our region. This project will be a safe, inclusive and respectful experience where everyone’s opinions matter.
For more information and a link to the survey visit the CommunityHQ website.
Western Sydney Youth Council
Young people aged between 16 to 24 years who live, work, study or have used health services in Western Sydney are invited to apply for the Western Sydney Local Health District Youth Council. Applications close on Friday 2 October.
More information is available on the Western Sydney Local Health District website.
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.
The Allison Kokany Consumer Scholarship
We are offering two scholarships to suitable individuals who can advocate for mental health based on a lived experience, providing a critical voice and perspective of what it is like living with, supporting, or caring for someone with a mental health condition.
For eligibility and information on the application process, please visit the dedicated Allison Kokany Consumer Scholarship webpage.
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
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.
Expert Advice Matters
RACGP has developed an online platform for patients that provides information on how to consult with a GP online during COVID-19.
The platform, Expert Advice Matters, answers commonly asked questions about telehealth including how and when to access online health services, how to access prescriptions online, the cost of telehealth and what to do if you think you may have COVID-19. It has been designed to encourage you or your family member to still seek medical treatment if you’re feeling unwell or have a health concern.
There are a series of videos also available.
Visit the Expert Advice Matters website to find out more.
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.
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.
Mini Tots Soccer
Mini Tots Soccer has been working with Relationships Australia providing soccer and agility skills for the past 5 years for the Thrive@5 program. This year due to COVID-19, Mini Tots Soccer are unable to do face-to-face training sessions. However, Relationships Australia and Mini Tots Soccer have created a series of videos showing soccer skills, rhyme time activities and child development.
Visit their YouTube page to access Mini Tots video series.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hepatitis Infoline on 1800 803 990.