Support to Stop Drinking During Pregnancy

Many women find it hard to stop drinking alcohol while they are pregnant. Support without judgement is just a phone call away.

NSW Health is offering a free Get Healthy in Pregnancy coaching service for all pregnant women in NSW aged 16 and over.

The co-ordinator of Healthy Communities Mid North Coast, Amy Sawyer, says there could be any number of reasons why women find it hard to stop drinking in pregnancy.

“A recent study found that, in 2016, one in three women drank during their pregnancy in Australia,” Ms Sawyer said.

“Women working with their own personal health coach, however, have found it helps them to change their alcohol habits and stay motivated. It means having someone who will call you to check in on how you are going, without judgement.”

You can receive regular calls from your health coach from the comfort of your own home. These can be during the day, after work or after dinner – whatever time suits you.

Your health coach will stick by you throughout your pregnancy and you can stop receiving calls whenever you feel comfortable. All calls with your health coach are confidential.

Health coaches will help you make a plan, set achievable goals and share practical tools to change your habits and overcome barriers that stand in your way.

One participant in Get Healthy in Pregnancy, 32-year-old Melanie, said her phone call appointments were always friendly and informative.

“Every fortnight I am given a goal, in which I have been able to fully succeed in achieving,” Melanie said. “I look forward to my appointments and setting new goals, asking questions and being informed about getting healthy during pregnancy. I feel supported.”

You can sign up to the Get Healthy in Pregnancy service over the phone or online. Call 1300 806 258 or click here to use the simple online form.

More information is available here.

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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
0437 027 751
02 6618 5445
Based on Bundjalung Country in Ballina

Krissi Devlin
Education and Events Coordinator MNC
[email protected]
0447 407 473
02 6659 1808
Working days: Monday Thursday.
Based on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Harbour

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.

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