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NSW Health

NSW Health delivers safe, high-quality and compassionate healthcare to the people of NSW.

Vision and mission

NSW Health's vision is for a sustainable health system that delivers outcomes that matter most to patients and the community, is personalised, invests in wellness and is digitally enabled.

How NSW Health can help

NSW Health operates more than 220 public hospitals, as well as providing community health and other public health services, for the NSW community through a network of local health districts, specialty networks and non-government affiliated health organisations.

Information lines / help lines

If you have a health emergency, call 000 (triple zero).

If you are not seriously ill, make an appointment to see your general practitioner or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 anytime (24 hours 7 days a week) for free health information and advice. Your local pharmacist can also advise on many non-serious conditions.

For mental health advice, call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 (24 hours 7 days a week).

For sexual health advice, call the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm AEST).

Programs and apps and tools

Recommended links

This information was originally published on healthdirect - NSW Health.

Last reviewed: October 2023

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Sickle cell disease

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Fermented drinks and alcohol | NSW Health

Fermented drinks include kombucha, ginger beer, kvass and kefir. These drinks may contain varying levels of alcohol as a by-product of the fermentation process. Manufacturers are required to provide information on the label about alcohol content. Consumers, especially those vulnerable to the effects of alcohol such as pregnant women, drivers, and people operating machinery, should read these labels before consumption.

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Haemorrhoids in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Information in this leaflet is general in nature and should not take the place of advice from your health care provider

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Common concerns in pregnancy

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Impetigo (school sores) fact sheet - Fact sheets

Impetigo is a common skin infection that mostly affects children. It is treated with antibiotics. Practising good hygiene can help to stop the spread of impetigo.

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Chlamydia treatment for your partner - Play Safe

Did you know it’s possible for your partner to get treated for Chlamydia without ever having to see a GP or go to a sexual health clinic? This is known as Patient Delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT).

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Maintaining health during and after floods and storms - Natural disasters and emergency incidents

Under the NSW State Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN), NSW Health supports the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) during flood, storm and tsunami events. These events have the potential to impact your health.

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Guidance on wearing face masks | NSW Government

Face masks help stop viruses from spreading through the air so you are less likely to catch or spread them. When you wear a face mask, you protect yourself and others from respiratory viruses like COVID-19 and flu.  

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Pregnancy screening Group B Streptococcus (GBS) - Pregnancy and the first five years

The Pregnancy screening for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) consumer brochure provides information to all pregnant women on screening and recommended treatment for GBS.

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Treatment - Head lice

There are two main treatment options to remove head lice: mechanical removal and chemical removal. Head lice are only found on the human head or hair. Treating anything other than the human head does not eradicate head lice.

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