Public Health

Advice – Bushfire Smoke

The North Coast Public Health Unit is advising people to take action to protect their health while smoke continues to affect air quality across the region.  

Fine smoke particles are known to affect the human breathing system. The smaller or finer the particles, the deeper they go into the lungs. The amount of these particles inhaled into the lungs is greatly increased during exercise, particularly during strenuous sporting activities.

Bushfire smoke can affect everyone and generally causes mild irritation such as itchy or burning eyes, coughing, a sore throat and a runny nose.  These symptoms generally disappear in healthy people once the smoke disappears.

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Additional information is available from the NSW 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:

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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 6589 2120 
F 02 6589 2390

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

After Hours

Infectious 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

Infectious Diseases 0439 882 752

Environmental Health 0428 882 805