Public Health

Measles Alert (8th April 2019)

NSW is continuing to deal with measles in travellers returning from overseas.  The North Coast Public Health Unit has been notified of confirmed measles in two local travellers who returned from the Philippines.  Potential exposure locations include:

  • The two residents returned on Scoot Flight TR6 from Singapore to Gold Coast Airport on Saturday, 30th March 2019
  • On Tuesday, 2nd April they visited IGA, a pharmacy and a bakery in Pottsville and Woolworths at Cabarita
  • On Wednesday, 3rd April they went to Singh’s Fresh Fruit & Vegie Market, Magic Mountains Health Foods, Coles and Main Street Medical Centre at Murwillumbah
  • Both attended The Tweed Hospital Emergency Department whilst infectious on the 3rd and 4th April 2019

If you were on the Scoot flight TR6, or at the same locations as the travellers, be alert for symptoms of measles until the 22nd April 2019.  It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles.

Anyone who develops symptoms should call ahead to their GP to ensure they are not in the waiting room with other patients.  Symptoms of measles 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 body.

The Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine is a safe and effective method of protection against measles.  For additional information about this alert, please click here.

For further information about Measles – please see the NSW Ministry of Health website here.


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:

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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

Public Health Access Line: 1300 066 055 during business hours (you will be referred to your local public health unit)

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

Public Health Access Line: 1300 066 055 during business hours (you will be referred to your local public health unit)

After Hours

Communicable Diseases 0439 882 752

Environmental Health 0428 882 805