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Many Australians are worried about increased household drinking during COVID-19
A recent poll by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) found that 20% of Australians have purchased more alcohol than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 70% are drinking more than normal and 33% are now using alcohol daily.
Heart Foundation launches COVID-19 and heart disease support campaign
Australia’s current COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge our country and burden our health system in a way we have never experienced.
COVID-19 resources for people with disability
Many people with disability, families and service providers are very concerned about the outbreak of COVID-19. Some people with disability are more at risk of developing a serious infection. Many people are worried about being able to access essential disability and medical services. Help is available.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Health professionals can keep up to date with the latest information on the new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in NSW via the NSW Health website, including the latest advice for health professionals. For the latest national information on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health website.
Community and workplaces urged to help prevent coronavirus
The NSW Government is asking individuals and workplaces to take steps to prepare for a possible COVID-19 pandemic converging with winter flu in the coming months. Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said NSW Health said that everyone plays a role in prevention.
COORDINARE's role in bushfire response and recovery
The South Eastern NSW region has been badly affected by the recent bushfires, and you may be wondering about COORDINARE’s role in response and recovery.
Speeding up the process to get doctors to bushfire-affected communities
The Australian Government has announced emergency protocols to ensure GPs and allied health professionals can access bushfire-affected communities where they are needed the most. The Department of Health and Department of Human Services will prioritise all applications from doctors who want to work in medical practices in bushfire-affected communities.
Beat the heat this summer
Heat waves or long periods of extreme heat can have serious impacts on people's health. It’s important to plan ahead and be prepared this summer. Ahead of the heat wave this week, NSW Health has developed some helpful tips for taking care of yourself and others.
Increase in syphilis among women and infants
From January 2018 to August 2019, there were two confirmed cases of congenital syphilis in non-Indigenous infants in NSW. In both cases, the first antenatal visit occurred late in pregnancy and treatment was delayed.
GPs encouraged to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles
GPs are encouraged to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles, which continues to be imported by travellers from many countries, including New Zealand. There have been 52 measles cases notified so far this year compared to just 19 cases last year.
Invasive Meningococcal Disease update
There has been a case of Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) in Southern NSW. People infected with meningococcal disease can become extremely unwell very quickly, often within hours of the first symptoms appearing.
Measles alert, influenza vaccine and pertussis vaccine
Measles alert Since December 2018, 23 cases of measles have been notified in NSW. Several cases have spent time in busy public places such as hospitals, shopping centres and backpacker hostels while infectious.
Measles alert for February
All NSW residents are being urged to ensure they are fully protected against measles, after twelve cases of the disease since Christmas.
Save the date to vaccinate before the holidays
NSW Health has recently distributed some immunisation alerts for community members and health professionals, including a pertussis (whooping cough) alert. Pertussis (whooping cough) alertCases of pertussis are increasing across NSW, particularly among school aged children.
NSW Health Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak in Sydney
NSW Health has launched an investigation into a hepatitis A outbreak following confirmation of 12 cases in the past five weeks alone in Sydney and surrounding areas.
Health alert: warning on viral gastroenteritis
NSW Health is urging the community to wash their hands and stay at home if affected by gastroenteritis, following an increase in viral gastroenteritis notifications and emergency department presentations in hospitals across the state.
Measles alert: NSW Health urges awareness after Sydney case
NSW Health is urging people who have been in the Sydney CBD and Leichhardt from 15-19 July to be aware of the symptoms of measles after an infected tourist visited these areas.
Measles alert: Two confirmed cases in April 2016
Four cases of measles have been reported in Sydney in the past two weeks.
NSW Health Alert: Legionnaires’ disease
Four cases of confirmed infection with Legionella have been notified in the past two days in Sydney.
Updated NSW Health Alert: Zika virus
An updated health alert for zika virus has been released by NSW Health following outbreaks in the Pacific, and Central and South America.