Clinical Services

January 2020

NSW Health advice for healthcare workers, staff, healthcare students and volunteers in NSW


Precautionary measures are being put place in response to the evolving novel coronavirus situation. Note that the risk of infection observed to date in returning travellers with symptoms of respiratory illness is low.


Healthcare workers, staff, healthcare students and volunteers who have:


Visited Hubei Province of China

  • must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province, other than for seeking individual medical care

  • should contact their supervisor

  • if they feel ill or become unwell with respiratory illness (even if mild) seek medical attention as soon as possible

  • call the Healthdirect helpline 1800 022 222 for advice or attend their emergency department but phone the ED before attending

Visited China (other than Hubei Province) and work in patient care areas (i.e. have contact with patients)

  • should be excluded from patient care areas until 14 days have lapsed from date of departure

  • should contact their supervisor

  • where possible, should be redeployed to non-patient care duties

Visited China (other than Hubei Province) and work in non-patient care areas (i.e. do not have contact with patients)

  • should continue to attend work as long as they are well


Transited through Chinese airports within the past 14 days

  • should advise their supervisor

  • be considered on a case by case basis, based on transit time and ability to closely monitor symptoms and isolate themselves rapidly if they occur


If you have any questions please contact your manager or team leader.


The most up-to-date information on coronavirus can be found on the NSW Health website.



Submitted by Leanne Findlay on behalf of NSW Health

Save the Date to Vaccinate


Following the success of the 2019 campaign, NSW Health is currently running the 2020 Save the Date to Vaccinate public health campaign.

The campaign aims to promote on-time vaccination and encourage parents, carers and pregnant women to download the new Save The Date To Vaccinate app.

The campaign targets:

  • pregnant woman

  • parents and carers (children aged 0-5)

  • CALD parents and carers (children aged 0-5)

  • Aboriginal parents and carers (children aged 0-5)

The key messages for patients and community members are:

  • Vaccinating your child on-time protects them from serious diseases.

  • Late vaccinations put your child at risk of catching a serious disease.

  • Children can still get vaccinated if they have a runny nose or slight cold.

  • It’s important you’re up to date with your pregnancy vaccinations. Protect you and bub.


The Save the Date to Vaccinate campaign will run until 30 June, 2020. You can find out more about the campaign on the NSW Health website.



Contact for more information

Lisa Smith

0438 962 150

Submitted by Leanne Findlay on behalf of NSW Health

Young Deadly Free syphilis campaign


The Young Deadly Free campaign was developed by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.


It aims to improve knowledge of STIs and BBVs in Aboriginal communities and address stigma associated with discussing sex, sexuality, and drug and alcohol use.

Videos and posters to support this public health campaign are available on the NSW Health website.


​​Contact for more information

Heather McCormack

02 9332 9756

Submitted by Leanne Findlay on behalf of NSW Health

Free mammograms for staff tomorrow and next week


Free mammograms are available for staff, at Westmead Hospital, tomorrow Friday 31 January and Friday 7 February. 

A mammogram is recommended every 2 years for the early detection of breast cancer in women 50-74 years of age. 20 minutes every 2 years could save your life!

Please phone 13 20 50 as soon as possible if you would like to make an appointment, from 8.30am to 12.00pm. The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute (Block F, Level 1, Door 2) has limited vacancies for mammograms available to eligible women.

Alternate appointments for free screening mammograms are available at nearby sites should you not be able to schedule a time at Westmead Hospital.

Visit for more information.

Contact for more information

Sou Helmey


Submitted by Sou Helmey

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