Our North Coast communities have been impacted by an extreme weather event that caused widespread flooding.
If you are in an impacted area, support numbers and information links are available below.
Healthy North Coast is working with local emergency responders and primary health care services to help our affected communities.
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- For emergency help in floods and storms, call NSW State Emergency Services (SES) — 132 500
- In life-threatening emergencies, call triple zero (000)
- For current evacuation orders, visit the NSW SES website or follow them on Facebook
- For weather warnings, rainfall and river conditions, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website
- For road closures, visit the Live Traffic website or My Road Info
Some general practices, Aboriginal medical services, pharmacies and allied health providers have been impacted by the floods. Please contact your health provider before attending to ensure they are open.
You can use the National Health Service Finder to locate a health service near you.
Healthy North Coast GP Telehealth Service
Healthy North Coast has established a free 24/7 GP telehealth service to support people affected by the severe weather and flooding on the NSW North Coast.
Residents in flood-affected areas who are not able to get an appointment with their regular GP can phone the service on 1800 931 158 to organise a phone or video appointment any day of the week.
The Healthy North Coast postcode checker will tell you if you can use this service.
Residents in flood-affected areas are now able to access telehealth with an available GP, even if you have not seen that GP before.
See our Telehealth page for more information.
Mental Health Support
Floods can affect everyone in the community, not only people directly dealing with loss of property or possessions. If you feel in need of mental health support, there are services ready to help you through the difficult times.
Connect To Wellbeing
1300 160 339
Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm
Call Connect to Wellbeing and be directed to the right information or service that best suits your needs, including:
Free counselling program – up to 10 sessions with a mental health professional trained to support you through challenging times. Services are available in person or over the phone. A GP referral is not required.
Up to 10 free telepsychology sessions using your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Medicare Better Access
Visit your GP for a referral to a Medicare-registered mental health professional, such as a psychologist or mental health social worker, to access up to 20 counselling sessions. A Mental Health Treatment Plan is required. Fees may apply.
- Recognise that you’ve been through a distressing time.
- Don’t get angry with yourself for being upset.
- Remember that there is no right or wrong way to feel.
- Don’t suppress your feelings — share them with people you trust when you are ready to do so.
- Rest if you’re tired. Physical exercise is also important.
- Let friends and family know of your needs — when you feel tired, need time out, want to talk or be with someone.
If you require immediate 24/7 help contact:
- Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
- Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- MensLine 1300 789 978
- Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 (children under 12 years)
In an emergency, please call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
There is a wide range of emergency relief available for people impacted by floods from government and non-government organisations.