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Telehealth support for communities: information from Healthy North Coast

Telehealth support for communities: information from Healthy North Coast

Find links below to telehealth supports via Healthy North Coast for you, your participants, staff and communities during this challenging weather event and flood emergency in Northern NSW.

  1. Free GP telehealth service 1800 931 158. It’s available 24hrs, 7 days a week. These GPs can deal with medical certificates, prescriptions and can provide a summary to the patient’s regular GP. You can share this number with your patients (and/or pop it on your socials) if you’re unable to deal with demand for appointments at this time.
  2. Connect to Wellbeing 1300 160 339. This service connects community members to the right mental health support for them. This can include free over the phone counselling, as well as up-to-date resources.
Rental lists for week commencing Feb 28, 2022

Rental lists for week commencing Feb 28, 2022

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 homelessness, 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 9am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

  • Grafton
  • Ballina
  • Lismore
  • Tweed Heads
  • Casino / Kyogle

Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties

Ballina – Greater Region, NSW

Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties

Tweed Shire Rental Properties

Casino North Casino Rental Properties

Rural Health Seminar Series: Assisted Psychotherapy for End of Life Distress

Rural Health Seminar Series: Assisted Psychotherapy for End of Life Distress

Presented by Dr Margaret Ross, this seminar will be streamed via Zoom on  Thursday, March 17 from 4-5pm.

This presentation will discuss the value of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for existential distress in people with a terminal illness. It includes a brief history of Indigenous use of psilocybin and how psilocybin was found to be a potential treatment for existential distress in Western medicine. There will be a review of international research to date on outcomes from the use of psilocybin with terminally ill participants. This will lead on to discussion about the study design of Australia’s first trial of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy: the trial at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne for the terminally ill, where Dr. Ross is Chief Principal Investigator.

Margaret Ross PsyD is the Chief Principal Investigator and clinical lead for Australia’s first psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy study treating depression and anxiety in the terminally ill.
Her study is a world first investigating psilocybin-assisted therapy for all palliative conditions, and sees Dr Ross pioneering a new frontier in psychedelic medicine.
Dr Ross combines oversight of this ground-breaking trial with palliative medicine clinical work in her role as Senior Clinical Psychologist and Researcher at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and also trains clinicians in emerging psychedelic-assisted therapy drug trials.
She regularly lectures medical students and specialist clinicians in psychosocial aspects of palliative medicine and cancer care.

ACOSS welcomes AMA focus on tackling poverty, lifting income support and providing secure housing, as central to child health and wellbeing

ACOSS welcomes AMA focus on tackling poverty, lifting income support and providing secure housing, as central to child health and wellbeing

ACOSS is pleased to join with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to call for a refocus on improving child health and wellbeing and strongly recommend that both are placed at the centre of national attention and public policy making as we head into the 2022 election cycle.

For a precious few months in 2020, we tackled poverty, lifted income support and protected people from evictions. This period demonstrated powerfully the importance of reducing financial distress to family and child wellbeing.

ACOSS is a joint signature to the AMA’s Communique, Child health – time to look to the
future alongside several other national organisations and advocates.

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said:
“Never in recent memory have children grown up surrounded by such complex, intersecting and existential challenges risking their physical, emotional and mental health. Even as we continue to grapple with COVID-19, Australia confronts a persistent problem with poverty, yawning inequality and a housing affordability crisis. And all this is before we even get to the profound problems presented by accelerating climate change and an increase in natural disasters.”

“The joint statement accepts this starting reality and offers a positive approach for
addressing these dilemmas head on. It is a clear, important acknowledgement of how social, economic and environmental challenges affect children’s health, wellbeing and

The best public policy will not only recognise the links between social
determinants and child health, but actively put the determinants at the centre of a
strengthened and long-term national response. We particularly welcome the strong focus on poverty as a primary, and avoidable driver of negative health and wellbeing outcomes for children. As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there is no excuse for any child to live in poverty. And we know what needs to be done to protect children. An adequate income to cover the basics and a secure, affordable safe home are the very essentials of supporting health and wellbeing.

We need to immediately increase JobSeeker and related income support to at least $69 per day, increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%, and make an urgent investment in social housing so that everyone can cover the basics and keep a safe roof over their head.

We have shown we are capable of ending poverty. We know what we need to do. Now is
the time to act.

This is the year to put good intent and strong words into action.

“During the pandemic those with the least have suffered the most. The ABS released data released last week revealing the number of people who died due to COVID-19 was over 3 times higher in the most disadvantaged socio-economic groups, with people living in the least disadvantaged areas (quintile 5) having the lowest numbers of deaths due to the virus.”

“The forthcoming election is an opportunity to look to and build for the future whilst also learning the important lessons from the last two years. A federal government that resources decent essential services, safety nets and a genuine response to climate change is one that recognises investing in evidence-based strategies during the early years of life have a very powerful and positive impact over the rest of a child’s life.

Aboriginal Health Worker traineeship offered in Tweed region

Aboriginal Health Worker traineeship offered in Tweed region

There is an exciting opportunity to join Vinnies newly created First Nations Traineeship program in the Tweed region.

Join a team of dedicated professionals to kickstart your career in the Community Services Sector

Make a real impact to people’s lives whilst gaining vital skills, experience, and qualifications.

If interested apply now, as we are interviewing applications as they are received.

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW considers that being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent is a genuine occupational qualification for this position as authorised under section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services, who’s key values is to shape a more just and compassionate society

The Role 

Vinnies is embarking on an exciting journey with the newly created First Nations Traineeship program in partnership with TAFE NSW. This opportunity will open doors to gaining new skills and help unlock a great potential career with Vinnies, helping the most vulnerable in our society.

Your new role as Housing and Homelessness First Nations Trainee will include:

  • Completing a Certificate III Community Services including attending classes and completing assessments: including practical elements of the learning.
  • Providing a safe and welcoming environment for clients who live at or are accessing the services that Vinnies provide.
  • Offering client support in a respectful, non-judgmental, inclusive attitude and manner, always upholding, and respecting the rights of clients.
  • Assisting clients to follow relevant rules and procedures of the service.
  • Maintaining client records and case notes, both electronic and handwritten
  • Working within and always adhere to the Vinnies Services policies and procedures.

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • Be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Willingness to undertake a Certificate III in Community Services.
  • Willingness to gain a first aid certificate.
  • An interest in supporting individuals and/or families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and may have underlying mental health, drug and alcohol addictions, trauma and/ or be fleeing Domestic and Family Violence.
  • Ability to maintain an ethical, yet non-judgmental, attitude towards clients& staff.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.

If this sounds like you, apply now, as we are interviewing applications as they are received. Click here for the position description  & submit your application with a resume and/or cover letter.

Please click here for  Information on how to apply.

If you have questions about this role, please email [email protected] (Mentoring and Development Coordinator) quoting: First Nations Traineeship/ VIN2690.

Allied Health Assistant Traineeships are available

Allied Health Assistant Traineeships are available

Allied Health Assistant Traineeships are now available.

These roles are available to an Aboriginal person/s who wishes to commence or progress a career in health. They present a great opportunity to work, whilst being supported to obtain a formal qualification.

Follow this link to vacancies with NNSWLHD.

Location is negotiable across the NNSWLHD footprint.


Project Launch – Weaving Connections through Generations

Project Launch – Weaving Connections through Generations

The Murwillumbah Community Centre is launching the Weaving Connections through Generations project.

The program promotes Intergenerational Exchange, so come along to the launch for an afternoon of yarning and gathering interests and ideas for the project!

The launch will be held on Tuesday, March 15 from 3.30pm to 5.00pm at the Murwillumbah Community Centre, Nullum Street, Knox Park.

Contact Eva Sanz on 6672 3003 / 0411 731 475 or email [email protected]

Computer skills class for Mur’bah seniors

Computer skills class for Mur’bah seniors

The Murwillumbah Community Centre is holding Computer Skills and Mobile Workshops.

Young people will deliver the workshops  and it’s part of a program fostering inter-generational interactions,

The workshops will be held every second Tuesday, 9.15am to 10am starting March 1.

For more information contact the Community Services Coordinator 6672 3003 or [email protected]  Nullum Street, Knox Park.