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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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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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Caffeine is a drug which comes from the leaves, beans or nuts of different plants. Caffeine is a stimulant drug. This means it speeds up the brain and nervous system.

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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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Beat the heat

Heat waves or long periods of extreme heat can have serious impacts on people's health. Planning ahead and being prepared for extreme heat is important and these pages will help you prepare for hot weather.

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Babies and children in the heat - Beat the heat

Babies and children need to be watched carefully during hot weather carefully because they are at a higher risk of becoming unwell than adults.

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Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the community: Information for the public - Fact sheets

Community acquired MRSA (CaMRSA) can cause skin and other more serious infections. It can spread from person to person via direct contact, hands, towels and personal grooming items.

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Listeriosis fact sheet

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The facts about Chlamydia, what it is, how to prevent it, and how to treat it

Chlamydia is on the rise in Australia and it’s the most important thing for young people to test for. It often doesn’t have any symptoms which means that it’s easy to miss without regular STI testing.

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Bacterial Vaginosis - what it is, how you prevent it, and how to treat it

WIth Bacterial Vaginosis, you won’t always notice symptoms. If you do, you may have white or grey discharge coming from your vagina. Sometimes it can smell ‘fishy’.

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Thrush - what it is, how to prevent it, and how to treat it

Thrush, also called Candidiasis, isn’t an STI. It’s caused by the vagina or foreskin making too much natural yeast and it can recur regularly and spontaneously.

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