Much of the North Coast was affected by last month’s extreme weather and flooding, with 11 local government areas declared natural disasters between Port Macquarie-Hastings and Tweed.
At the height of the flooding, 13 evacuation centres were operating. These have now been closed. Recovery centres have been established for flood-affected communities at Kempsey, in the Nambucca Valley at Macksville and in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area at Port Macquarie and Laurieton.
More information on the recovery centres is available here. They provide people affected by the storms and floods with information on, and access to:
- accommodation advice
- replacing lost documents
- mental health and wellbeing services
- support for businesses
- clean-up services
- financial assistance
- insurance and legal support.
Disaster assistance, including $1,000 grants for eligible adults, is available in storm and flood affected Mid North Coast and northern NSW local government areas. Click here for more information or phone 180 22 66.
Healthy North Coast knows that health care support after floods is critical to community recovery. Chief Executive Julie Sturgess said many in the community will be working through a long recovery process.
“We have a Healthy Minds program that has been updated to provide priority psychological support for people in flood-affected areas without the need for GP referral,” Ms Sturgess said.
“The program is free, with up to 10 sessions available. Residents can call Connect to Wellbeing on 1300 160 339 and they will be able to help people enrol in the program. Importantly, health professionals as well as community members can access Healthy Minds support.”
Connect to Wellbeing also has online and print resources around mental health recovery after a disaster.
“Floods can affect everyone in the community, not only people directly dealing with loss of property or possessions,” Ms Sturgess said.
“We will continue to work closely with our primary care workforce and communities to support their immediate, short- and long-term recovery needs.”
During the floods, Healthy North Coast also established a free 24-hour GP telehealth service to support people affected by the severe weather and flooding.
Residents in flood-affected areas who are not able to get an appointment with their regular GP can phone the service on 1800 931 158 to organise a phone or video appointment any day of the week.
Healthy North Coast GP Telehealth can provide:
- Information, advice, diagnosis and treatment
- Prescriptions sent to your local pharmacy
- Medical certificates
- Specialist referrals.
Our postcode checker will tell you if you can use this service. Click here to learn more.