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Winter is Coming

A COMMUNITY GUIDE TO WINTER HEALTH: It is predicted to be a challenging winter with a combination of COVID and respiratory conditions - particularly influenza. This winter we encourage you to do three things.

Are you ready?

Winter Health Tips

View our brief videos featuring two of the region's GPs offering winter health tips to help you stay healthy during the flu season.

Know where to go

In an emergency phone 000 immediately for an ambulance or visit the closest hospital Emergency Department.
The hospital emergency department is for major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

There are other places you can go for help if your simply feeling unwell, or have a minor injury or illness?
Visit for after hours medical care specific to your area.

  1. Use the HealthDirect online Symptom Checker to find out if you need to seek medical help
  2. Call the HealthDirect hotline to speak to a registered nurse on 1800 022 222
  3. Speak to a pharmacist - for local pharmacy opening hours, go to
  4. Call your GP - after hours care may be available through your normal general practitioner
  5. Visit and use the HealthDirect Health Service Directory to find an alternate GP

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