(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]
Rental lists for week commencing 29 March 2021

Rental lists for week commencing 29 March 2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for The Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of becoming homeless, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

Dementia Training Australia

Dementia Training Australia

Dementia Training Australia (DTA) is a consortium funded by the Australian Government to provide nationwide education and training on the care of people living with dementia.

Dementia training, education and resources for the Australian workforce

Improving the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia and the staff who support them. They provide many online tools, webinars and other resources for people supporting those with dementia.

Further information on DTA can be found at www.dta.com.au

Departmental contact is Robyn Bilston [email protected]

Connections and Community: a sense of belonging  Report Launch

Connections and Community: a sense of belonging Report Launch

Our connection to community can provide a sense of belonging, feelings of trust and safety, and foster togetherness. Across the world, the pandemic has brought into sharp focus the strengths and weaknesses of communities and their ability to come together to support and protect the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

The findings of this survey demonstrate that we are fortunate – that in most cases we have communities that are cohesive and that came together during this challenging time to connect with and support one another.
COTA NSW will be launching our 50+ Report ‘Connections and Community: a sense of belonging’ on Thursday 8 April from 10 am-11 am. It will be a virtual launch, but we promise you an interesting event with special guests including –

  • Robert Fitzgerald AM – Commissioner, NSW Aged and Disability Commission
  • Dr Michelle Lim – Chairperson of End Loneliness Together Australia 
  • Pete Newman – COTA NSW Advocate and Volunteer 

We hope you’ll be able to join us – please register here and we will send you the details of how to attend.

Free 24-hour GP Telehealth Service for People Affected by Floods (or Flood-impacted Communities)

Free 24-hour GP Telehealth Service for People Affected by Floods (or Flood-impacted Communities)

The free 24-hour Healthy North Coast GP Telehealth service has been established to support people affected by the severe weather and flooding on the NSW North Coast.

Residents in flood-affected areas who are not able to get an appointment with their regular GP can phone the service on 1800 931 158 to organise a phone or video appointment any day of the week.

Healthy North Coast GP Telehealth can provide:

  • Information, advice, diagnosis and treatment
  • Prescriptions sent to your local pharmacy
  • Medical certificates
  • Specialist referrals.

After their appointment, a care summary can be sent to the patient, their regular GP and to My Health Record.

This service has been funded by Healthy North Coast through their North Coast PHN program and is part of the Commonwealth’s flood-relief support program. It is offered in partnership with Telstra Health through the HealthNow platform.

Across our region, local health services have been impacted and some are still closed due to power outages, staff shortages and floods.

The 1800-service is designed to be used if people in flood-affected areas are not able to get an appointment with their regular GP.

The Healthy North Coast postcode checker will tell you if you can use this service.

In medical emergencies, call 000 (Triple Zero) immediately. If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.

Getting old is inevitable, but ageism isn’t

Getting old is inevitable, but ageism isn’t

In an ageing world, ageism is a new battleground. Chief Advocate Ian Henschke talks about the importance of a new World Health Organisation report in fighting the scourge. The new report highlights the mental and physical affects of Ageism.

Ageism may well be the last prejudice revealed. It’s the hidden “ism” that hurts both young and old.

One wise person once observed it’s the one prejudice we are all likely to suffer if we live long enough.

Racism and sexism have been fought against for decades. But ageism is something of recent times. We used to respect our elders but we have become more and more youth-obsessed and see ageing as a disease and a disability. It’s in fact just part of the continuum of life. Full article in the link: Getting old is inevitable, but ageism isn’t

Expressions of Interest open — 2021 Volunteer Grants

Expressions of Interest open — 2021 Volunteer Grants

The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a restricted non-competitive process to apply for a Volunteer Grant under the Families and Communities Program – Volunteer Grants Activity in 2021. 

Volunteer Grants form part of the government’s work to support volunteers, as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

The 2021 Volunteer Grants round begins with a call for Expressions of Interest, with your local Member of Parliament (MP) using a community committee to develop a list of organisations to nominate. Following the Expression of Interest process, the MPs will nominate organisations from their lists. The nomination period closes at 2:00 PM AEST 29 April 2021.

Only organisations nominated by their MP will receive an invitation to apply for the 2021 Volunteer Grants. 

Information about this grant opportunity can be found on the Community Grants Hub website and GrantConnect.

COVIC -19 Vaccine update for Residential Aged Care Workers

COVIC -19 Vaccine update for Residential Aged Care Workers

Phase 1a eligibility includes all people working at residential aged care facilities who are responsible for residential care, support and services for residents, maintenance and administration. It is a priority to deliver choice and flexibility in accessing COVID-19 vaccinations for aged care staff as quickly as possible in the safest way. The Department has developed a fact sheet providing an update for residential aged care workers about when and how they will access COVID-19 vaccines. Please share this fact sheet with your staff.

Keep up to date with trusted information

For more information, including translated information and to subscribe to the COVID-19 Vaccines Updates, visit the COVID-19 vaccines website.


COVID -19 Updates for the Byron Bay area.

Two Queensland residents who have tested positive to COVID-19 had visited Byron Bay over the weekend, with the result that the Byron Bay area is on alert for more cases. Anyone with symptoms needs to get tested and self-isolate immediately, following all directions from NSWHealth. Your nearest testing clinic can be found here.

Anyone who visited a growing list of venues between 26 and 28 March is also required to come forward for testing, and then, depending on the nature of the contact (close or casual, as indicated here), self-isolate for 14 days or self-isolate until negative test results are received.

 Residential Aged Care Facilities visiting restrictions

Anyone who has visited the designated venues of concern in Byron Bay LGA between 26 and 28 March is not able to visit any Residential Aged Care Facilities. Staff and visitors are required to wear surgical masks in RACFs within the LGAs of Byron, Ballina, Lismore and Tweed, until further notice, as indicated in the latest NSWHealth Advice to Residential Aged Care Facilities .

COVIC -19 Vaccine update for Residential Aged Care Workers

Aged Care Vaccine Rollout Webinar

A reminder that the Department of Health held a webinar Friday 26 March to discuss the national COVID-19 vaccination program’s rollout across aged care.

Panellists include:

  • Professor Michael Kidd AM, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
  • Adjunct Professor (Practice), Alison McMillan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
  • Ms Lisa Peterson, Assistant Secretary, COVID-19 Vaccine Aged Care Taskforce.

For those unable to attend, a recording will be published on the department’s website following the event.

Heartfelt House – May group program

Heartfelt House – May group program

Heartfelt House is excited to release the dates for our new group programs starting in May, please see attached flyer.

Please follow Heartfelt House on Facebook to receive the most up to date information about our service while our website is being updated. 

Heartfelt House is a small specialist service providing group work programs to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We are
based on beautiful grounds allowing us to incorporate nature into our healing-centred approach

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Tuning Into Kids – parenting program from the YWCA and Interrelate.

Tuning Into Kids – parenting program from the YWCA and Interrelate.

Please find attached flyer for Tuning Into Kids parenting program.  This will be an online group via zoom.  

The program is on Wednesday mornings from 5 May – 16 June (no class on Wed 26 May) between 10am – 12.30pm.

Please note, this is a Communities for Children funded program so is only available to families living in the Lismore 2480 postcode.