Public Health and Research

Measles Alert (31 August 2018)

The North Coast Public Health Unit has been notified of a case of measles in a person who resides in the Coffs Harbour-Woolgoolga area. 

Anyone in the Coffs Harbour-Woolgoolga area who is not vaccinated against measles should be alert to symptoms, particularly those who were in Woolgoolga on 28 August or in the Coffs Harbour central business district on 29 or 30 August 2018. As the investigation is ongoing, other places and times of potential exposure may be identified.

Measles symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body.

If you are concerned you may be at risk of measles, phone the North Coast Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

For further information about measles please see the NSW Ministry of Health website.


The North Coast Public Health (NCPHU) incorporates services from HIV and Related Program (HARP), Research and Public Health Unit. These services are primarily responsible for, and engage in, the delivery of public health services in accordance with relevant legislation and in response to emerging public health issues.

The NCPHU services are managed and funded via Mid North Coast Local Health District and are delivered across both the Mid North Coast and Northern NSW Local Health Districts from Johns River to Tweed Heads.

For information about population and health data for people living on the North Coast, please see The People and their Health page.

The core functions of the North Coast Public Health Unit are:

HARP is responsible for HIV/AIDS, sexual health and hepatitis C programs and services that include:

  • Health promotion, education and information
  • Screening and testing
  • Treatment
  • Health management, referral and counseling.

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Contact Details

NSW Public Health Unit Access Line: 1300 066 055 Business hours

After hours all call officer details:

Infectious Diseases – phone 0439 882 752

Environmental Health – phone 0428 882 805

Services available at these locations

Port Macquarie

North Coast Public Health Unit – Port Macquarie Office
PO Box 126 (Morton Street)
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Phone 02 6588 2750
F 02 6588 2837

After Hours

Communicable Diseases 0439 882 752

Environmental Health 0428 882 805

Lismore

North Coast Public Health Unit – Lismore Office
PO Box 498 (31 Uralba Street)
Lismore NSW 2480

Phone 02 6620 7585

F 02 6620 2552

After Hours

Communicable Diseases 0439 882 752

Environmental Health 0428 882 805