Natural disaster and emergency primary health workforce response

RDN and partner organisations are coordinating a response to provide General Practice and primary health care workforce support to areas of NSW affected by natural disasters. 

We are seeking expressions of interest from healthcare professionals who can provide assistance and relief in communities.

There are two critical periods for workforce support. Firstly, the emergency response period (January and February) and secondly the recovery period (February through to December 2020). Your consideration of availability for both these periods is appreciated.

Mental health support measures announced for individuals affected by the bushfire crisis

The Australian Government has announced a new mental health support program for Australians affected by the bushfire crisis. The measure will ensure people have access to coordinated and tailored support they need to recover from the effects of the 2019–20 bushfires, including access to on the ground counselling and mental health support.

 

Farmers Community Connect events throughout NSW

The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) is holding Farmers Community Connect events throughout NSW to support farmers, including providing mental health support.

Find a Farmers Community Connect event in your area by visiting the Rapid Relief Team’s Facebook page.

Keeping mental health in check during this bushfire season

Even if you’re not directly affected by the fires this season, the devastation can still have an impact on your mental health.

Clinical Psychologist, David Younger who works with disaster affected communities says it’s important to have some down time away from the news.

He gave ABC’s Craig Hamilton a list of ways to look after yourself in these tough times.

North Coast PHN Bushfire response

The North Coast PHN has developed a bushfire response resource for people in the Mid North Coast and northern NSW. The website includes a Primary Care Services Directory, changes to local practice and pharmacy opening hours and links to mental health support.

Visit the site

RACGP information for GPs impacted by bushfires

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has provided helpful resources for GPs whose practices and communities have been affected by bushfires.

Visit the RACGP website

NSW bushfires assistance

Assistance is available for those who have experienced a loss of income or been adversely affected as a direct result of the NSW bushfires in August, September, October and November 2019.

Visit the Department of Human Services website for more information.

CRANAplus Bush Support Service

The Cranaplus Bush Support Service Toll Free Telephone Counselling and Support Service is available 24/7 to anyone and their family members who provide a health or health related service in rural or remote Australia. To access the free support service, call 1800 805 391.

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ACRRM advice for pharmacists in QLD and NSW fire affected areas

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has published advice for approved pharmacists supplying PBS medicines to patients in areas affected by QLD and NSW bushfires, such as dispensing medicines under the three-day emergency supply rule without a prescription.

Visit ACRRM for more information

Free mental health support options for Mid North Coast or Northern NSW residents affected by the bushfires

If you’re a Mid North Coast or Northern NSW residents who has been affected by the bushfires, you are being encouraged to access free mental health support via the local Healthy Minds program.

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