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Mid North Coast residents are being warned to avoid handling or touching dead flying foxes or microbats, with an increase in the numbers of dead flying foxes being found in or around trees following the recent extreme heat.   If you find a dead, injured or distressed flying fox, do not attempt to handle it yourself. Call your local wildlife rescue service WIRES on 1300 094 737 (Coffs Harbour area) or FAWNA 6581 4141 (Kempsey and Port Macquarie).

To view the full media release, click here.    For more information regarding safely handling flying foxes, visit the NSW Health website .

1. Drink plenty of water. 2. Keep cool. 3. Take care of others. 4. Have a plan!


With severe to extreme heat wave conditions again forecast across the north coast people are reminded people to take the risk of heat-related illness seriously.  The following simple precautions will help minimise the risk of health-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of water and remember to carry some with you when you’re out and about;
  • Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks;
  • Plan your day around the heat. Stay indoors between 11am and 5pm and minimise physical activity;
  • Keep the sun out of your house by shading windows with an awning, shade-cloth or plants. Shutting curtains will also help;
  • Keep windows closed during the day. Open them when it cools down at night or in the early morning;
  • If you have an air-conditioner, make sure it’s working;
  • If you don’t have an air-conditioner, try to spend some time in an air-conditioned place like a shopping centre, library or cinema; and
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton

More information about heat-health, including downloadable advice in several languages, can be found on the NSW Health website:


The NSW Government will fund a new school-based meningococcal vaccination program for all Year 11 and 12 students to combat the rise in the W strain of this potentially fatal disease. 

The NSW Meningococcal W Response Program will target 17 and 18 year olds this year, as immunisation experts advise that this age group is particularly at risk because of their physical closeness with peers (e.g. kissing, coughing, sneezing).  The program will start in Term Two, and be expanded to cover other upper high school students in subsequent years. The program will start in Term Two, and be expanded to cover other upper high school students in subsequent years.

To read the full media release click here.

For further information in relation to Meningococcal W, please click here.


North Coast Public Health incorporates HIV and Related Program (HARP) Services and the North Coast Public Health Unit (NCPHU). 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.

North Coast Public Health services are managed and funded via the 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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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


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