North Coast Collective Starts A New Community Conversation

Last month the North Coast Collective (NCC) was launched with workshops held in Coffs Harbour and Ballina. The NCC, in its initial phase, is a regional collaboration between three organisations – North Coast Primary Health Network, Northern NSW Local Health District and Mid North Coast Local Health District.

Facilitated by ABC health journalist Dr Norman Swan, the North Coast Collective events introduced a new approach that plans to change the way health and other organisations work together and coordinate services across the North Coast region to improve health and wellbeing. The vision is to create a system that is better connected, placing the needs of community members at its centre so that North Coast residents can live better lives.

These initial launch workshops were attended by over 60 community members with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use, with service providers also attending separate launch events.

In the initial phase, the focus for the NCC will be on planning and delivering a mix of services that will improve the lives of those living with mental ill health and alcohol and drug use issues. These health needs were identified as important priorities by the community in the 2018 Local Health Needs Community Survey.

During the next phases, we will be working to expand the NCC to include a range of stakeholders from other sectors – e.g. FACs, Housing, Education, etc. – who would be interested in collaborating to deliver other health and wellbeing improvements. We know that we can more effectively improve health and wellbeing by working together and coordinating the services offered in the region.

Workshop Participants Provide Positive Feedback

The response from community members able to attend on the days has been both positive and encouraging. Mental health and substance use are difficult topics – but we need to talk about them.

Participants were given the chance to hear stories from other community members with lived experience, and encouraged to get involved with future consultation steps for the North Coast Collective.

Feedback after the events prove there is much to do in the areas of mental health and alcohol and other drugs services on the North Coast, but equally there is enthusiasm and willingness to work together to shape a better future.

Here’s what your fellow community members had to say:

It’s Just the Beginning,
You Can Get Involved!

The recent launch events were the first step in the vision for North Coast Collective. There is a lot of work to be done to improve the lives of those affected by with mental health and/or drug and alcohol use and we need you to be part of the solution.

To stay updated and to hear more about future opportunities to have a voice about mental health and alcohol and other drugs services, make sure you visit the North Coast Collective website and sign up to receive email alerts. More workshops will be announced soon.

2018 Local Health Fact Sheets

Fact sheets that include findings from the 2018 Local Health Needs Community Survey are currently being produced for all North Coast local government areas. Ballina and Coffs summaries were available at the launches: click images to download.

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


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Nigel Cronin
Senior Manager, Education
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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
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0437 027 751
02 6618 5445
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Education and Events Coordinator MNC
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