Latest Health & Advice Updates

Keep up to date with the latest news from the NSW Government.

Take a look at the update as of Saturday 13 June 2020.

Download the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Testing Fact Sheet to see where you can be tested.

For updates on the virus status please visit the Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) page. 

NSW Health has also produced a range of resources including frequently asked questions, posters, digital banners and videos to help inform and educate local communities. These resources can be accessed here.

If you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19), call the Hotline on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Information for schools and parents can be found on the Department of Education's website.

Southern Highlands Homlessness Service- St Vincent De Paul Society 

This service incorporates Bowral Youth Refuge, Pathways Mobile Casework Team and the Adolescent and Family Counsellor

Contact: (02) 4428 6230 or SHHSReferrals@vinnies.org.au

 

Macarthur Disability Services

Disability service provider, most services still operational. 

Contact: (02) 4621 8400 or information@mdservices.com.au.

 

Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood

Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood provides help and referral assistance.

Contact: (02) 4774 1273, Facebook message or submit an enquiry form.

 

Community Links Wellbeing

Community Links Wellbeing provides are range of services and referral to a diverse range of community members including community engagement, allied health, family services, NDIS and mental health support. Most services are still operational in varied capacity. Contact Community Links directly to discuss your individual needs. Office is closed for face to face.

Contact: (02) 4683 2776

 

Argyle Housing

Argyle Housing is a local Community Housing provider. Argyle Housing is still operational however office opening hours are currently restricted 10am-12noon, please call to make an appointment.

Contact: 1300 274 953

 

Doorways for Men with Families

Support Service for single fathers or couples with children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Macarthur, Camden and Wollondilly LGAs. We accept self-referrals and referrals from other agencies, please contact our central intake line or email for any questions or referrals.  

Contact: (02) 4629 5159 or doorwaysfamilymac@uniting.org.

 

Doorways for Youth

Support Service for young people 12- 24 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Macarthur, Camden and Wollondilly LGAs. We accept self-referrals and referrals from other agencies, please contact our central intake line or email for any questions or referrals.  

Contact: (02) 4629 5110 or doorwaysyouthmac@uniting.org.

 

Our Community Pantry

General Shop: Discounted groceries and household items, food hampers and click & collect meals. Follow on Facebook for regular updates on hours of operation and availability.

Contact: 0402 406 492

 

Nepean Food Services (Meals on Wheels- Warragamba/ Silverdale Area)

Meals on Wheels - still operational and taking new referrals.

Contact: (02) 4733 7200

 

Wollondilly Support and Community Care (Meals on Wheels)

Meals on Wheels & Social Support for Older People - still operational and taking new referrals.

Contact: (02) 4677 2524

 

ReFrame (Community Links Wellbeing)

Free mental health services for young people aged 12-25 years. Telephone and video consultations available. No referral required. 

ReFrame walk-in has transitioned to a virtual walk-in on the Zoom platform that can be accessed at https://zoom.us/j/3525266065 Monday-Friday 9am-6pm.

Contact: 0455 104 104 or mhintake@communitylinks.org.au.

 

You in Mind (Community Links Wellbeing)

Free psychological therapy for eligible adults, aged 12 years +. Telephone and video consultations available. Talk to your GP for a referral. 

Contact: 0455 104 104 or mhintake@communitylinks.org.au.

 

New Access

Free mental health coaching. Telephone and video consultations available. No referral required.

Contact: 1800 010 630

While many businesses have been affected by COVID-19 and are reducing their workforces, there are some areas of the economy which have an increased demand for workers.

Department of Education Skills & Employment 

The Jobs Hub on the Australian Government Website, provide assistance in finding advertised vacancies and offer connections to

  •  Employers with multiple job opportunities
  •  Search jobs by location
  •  Australian Government jobs

Centrelink

Centrelink is providing financial assistance to those affected by the coronavirus.

1800 Respect

Confidential counselling, information and support for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse via phone or online chat. 

Contact: 1800 727 732 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

 

Domestic Violence Hotline

The DV hotline is a NSW state-wide telephone crisis counselling and referral service for women, including trans women. 

Contact: 1800 65 64 63 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

 

Elder Abuse Hotline

The Elder Abuse Helpline is a first port-of-call for support, referral and information. The hotline provides free assistance to anyone who experiences, witnesses or suspects the abuse of an older person by someone they know or trust.

Contact: 1300 651 192 (9:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday)

 

Centrelink

Coronavirus (Covid-19) support and payments.

 

Lifeline

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australian experiencing personal crisis with 24hr crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Contact: 13 11 14

Travel restriction information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. 

The latest travel advice can be found on the Smart traveller website.

For updates on health and aged care advice visit the Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and aged care sector page.

COVID Connect - Australian Red Cross

COVID Connect is a free service from Australian Red Cross to provide a friendly chat and a listening ear to help maintain or improve social connection to anyone who needs it during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To register visit the Red Cross website or call 1800 733 276.

Dementia Help Sheets

Dementia Australia has released four Help Sheets outlining tips for people living with dementia, carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, residential care providers and home care providers. 

Coping With Stress Related to Coronavirus

Headspace Wollongong's Autumn Newsletter has outlined some tips on coping with stress and remaining healthy during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Primary Health Network (PHN) has listed some helpful mental health services within the South Western Sydney Region. These Services include those accessible through GP referral and self-referral.

Mental Health Services

Visit the South Western Sydney PHN website for a list of local Mental Health providers.

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

Download information and support services for those living in rural communities.

Download ideas for connecting while in isolation.

Download information and support services for coping with uncertainty.

Picton Family Medical Centre has developed a Coronavirus Update communication sheet outlining what you should do before attending an appointment. Please read the document thoroughly to mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

Picton Family Medical Centre Becomes a Respiratory Clinic

From Monday 4 May, those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested at the Picton Family Medical Centre.

Doctor referrals are not required and appointments can be made through www.health.gov.au for assessment, treatment and testing. 

Contact details:

Phone: 1300 545 245

Location: Picton Mall, 9 Margaret St, Picton, NSW 2571.

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm (closed midday – 1pm)

Plans extended by 12 months 

The NDIA is saying that on the day a plan is due to expire, it will be automatically be extended by 365 days (replacing the previous 28 day rule).
 
If a participant wishes to extend for 24 months, they can request this at the end of their plan and if people require more funds now to cover their critical needs through this time, they should request an unscheduled plan review.

Further NDIS updates can be accessed through the NDIS website.

 MindHeart have developed a short booklet to help parents explain the Coronavirus in a simple, easy and non-scary way. Download the Coronavirus Booklet.