Eligibility Expanded for Focus on New Fathers Program

The Focus on New Fathers program is providing support to local dads in the Northern Rivers, with over 160 dads and dads-to-be enrolled so far. The program provides helpful tips and tools through a free text message-based service called SMS4dads.

A recent change to the program now means that dads will be able to sign up earlier. Fathers and co-parents can now enrol from the time their partner is 12 weeks pregnant (compared to 16 weeks previously). This will allow fathers to hear of the service at booking in appointments, and to enrol straight away. The messages will still commence from 16 weeks.

The eligibility age to enrol in the program is 18.

Promotional materials are available including posters, flyers and postcards. If your organisation would like to obtain some of these materials in the coming weeks, please contact: [email protected]

Click here to learn more about the program, or to sign up.

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.

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.

You can read the full Terms of Use by clicking here.