North Coast COVID Update

It’s been a busy time in the COVID space, with two COVID-positive people from Brisbane visiting the Byron Bay area between 26-28 March and attending several popular destinations.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this has resulted in one confirmed locally acquired case of COVID-19 in northern NSW. Significant contact tracing is under way involving thousands of people.

Check the NSW Health Case Locations and Alerts website for the latest information on locations associated with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

NSW Health has imposed new public health restrictions for the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council. Full details are available here.

It only takes one person to bring COVID to our region and this outbreak goes to show that we cannot let our guard down. It highlights the ongoing importance of:

  • continuing to maintain hygiene, especially regular hand sanitising
  • practising physical distancing
  • checking into COVID safe businesses on the Service NSW app
  • getting tested if we have even the mildest symptoms such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose
  • self-isolating immediately until we receive our results.

In response to the current threat, NSW Health has boosted their testing facilities across the region and there are now extra places where people can get tested.

Click here to find your nearest testing clinic.

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 make sure they only refer clients to practitioners that 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 xxxx Sam? You can also show on your listing when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will send you an email every three months 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.