North Coast COVID-19 update

With confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Chinderah and a confirmed case from today’s Sydney numbers reportedly having visited venues on the Mid North Coast last week, North Coast clinicians are encouraged to visit the NSW Health website.

NSW Health is currently undertaking urgent case investigations and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

Where venues may have already been identified as potential sites of concern, NSW Health is contacting people known to have been at those places to provide instructions.

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) has advised ‘there are more than 40 close contacts, including all staff members and other visitors, who are self-isolating after two COVID-19 cases attended the Ampol Service Station at Chinderah near Murwillumbah overnight on Tuesday 13 and the morning of Wednesday 14 July.’

North Coast primary care clinicians are encouraged to remain vigilant and continue to practise COVID-safe measures at all times.

Our region still has the same restrictions as outlined on NSW Health’s regional and rural NSW webpage — check this link regularly for any changes.

Testing clinic locations

NNSWLHD has advised that additional resources were added over the weekend at testing clinics in the Tweed region. Clinics currently open in the Tweed area are:

  • The Tweed Hospital, Solander Street, Tweed Heads
  • QML Pathology Drive through, Tweed Heads Bowls Club, Cnr Wharf & Florence
  • Streets
  • South Tweed Heads 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through and Walk-in Clinic, 157 – 161
  • Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Head
  • Tweed Heads Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, 38-44 Boyd Street, Tweed Heads
  • Murwillumbah Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, 14 King Street, Murwillumbah
  • Murwillumbah Respiratory Clinic, 14 King Street, Murwillumbah

Check opening hours and find more testing locations and clinics across NSW.

Clinician resources and supports available

General practices and other primary health care providers, particularly in the Tweed and Mid North Coast parts of our region, are reminded about the MBS COVID-19 telehealth extension and encouraged to offer telehealth services to mitigate their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Healthy North Coast has several ways to support you in this. See our HealthPathways COVID-19 page on Telehealth and our Primary Care Impact page on increasing patient and staff safety during COVID-19 (includes a PDSA and other shared experience from North Coast practices).

Get resources, information and guidance for general practice from NSW Health.

Local outbreak preparedness and response

In consultation with local clinicians and community, Healthy North Coast has developed three frameworks to support local primary healthcare services, residential aged care facilities and Aboriginal communities responding to a positive COVID-19 case notification, cluster or outbreak:

In the event of an outbreak in our region, we will enact these frameworks and work in collaboration with local health services, including the Public Health Unit, to support the response.

We will continue to provide updates for COVID-19 developments in our region as more information comes to hand.

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.