Latest Health & Advice Updates

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


Virus Status 

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.


Picton Family Medical Centre

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.


Changes to the NDIS

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.


Health and Aged Care Advice

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.

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.


Education Updates

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


Explaining the Coronavirus to Children

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


Travel Updates

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.