COVID-19 in our community

While there have been many rumours this week, there are currently only 2 COVID-19 case locations on the NSW North Coast. For the latest information, check the NSW Health website regularly for new case locations.

The 2 current case locations are at Chinderah and Coffs Harbour.

The Chinderah alert is for the Ampol service station just off the northbound M1 from 8:30 pm Tuesday 13 July to 7:30 am Wednesday 14 July.

The Coffs Harbour alert is for the Hoey Moey hotel from 3:55 pm to 4:20 pm on Thursday 15 July. This alert was initially only for the bottle shop, but has been amended to include the whole hotel.

Anyone who visited these places, at these times, is a close contact and must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

Update 23 July: There have also been COVID-19 virus fragments detected in the sewerage at Byron Bay.

Update 26 July: NSW Health issued a public health alert on 25 July 2021 that included a new venue of concern at the Ballina airport.

Be alert, not alarmed. Make sure you get tested for even the slightest of symptoms, get vaccinated, wear a mask and stay socially distanced.

Find a testing clinic near you.

What does self-isolate mean?

Self-isolate means you must stay at your home and remain separated from others in your home. You cannot leave your house, even if you get a negative result. You cannot go to the shops or chemist. If you need medical care, call your GP or local hospital – do not visit a health care facility without calling ahead.

Mask wearing

There’s also been a lot of talk about mask wearing on the North Coast. As is the case in all of regional NSW, if you’re over 12 years old, you must wear a mask in all indoor non-residential areas – that includes shops, cafes, workplaces and gyms.

You also must wear a mask at outdoor gatherings, which includes when spectating at a sport event … even kids’ sport.

We strongly encourage people to wear masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Queensland border zone

The Queensland Government has declared the whole of NSW a hotspot. People from NSW cannot enter QLD except for essential reasons, with an exemption, and with 14 days of hotel quarantine.

Our northern regions are part of a border zone – it is a hard border with road closures and currently only 3 checkpoints.

NSW border zone residents can only cross the border for essential activities – such as work, education, accessing medical or health care, or attending organised children’s sport – but must get a Border Zone Travel X Pass to do so.

Always check the Queensland Government website before travelling in case there have been changes to requirements.

Update provided 21 April 2022.

As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.

In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.

We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.

Once we have a firm opening date we will update this notification.

Our email address – [email protected] and our phone number – 02 6621 3500 will remain the same as in the past. Only the address changes for a while.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new premises.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding in these heartbreaking times – stay safe.

Dr Gudmundsen and the Team from Lismore Skin Clinic


Contact our Education Team

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Nigel Cronin
Senior Manager, Education
[email protected]
0437 169 786
02 6627 3390
Based on Bundjalung Country in Lismore

Bronwyn Thirkell
Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation and Education and Events Coordinator NNSW
[email protected]
0437 027 751
02 6618 5445
Based on Bundjalung Country in Ballina

Krissi Devlin
Education and Events Coordinator MNC
[email protected]
0447 407 473
02 6659 1808
Working days: Monday Thursday.
Based on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Harbour

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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