The recent devastating bushfires all around the country will have lasting impacts to both individuals and communities. We all know someone that has been affected in some way, here is a list of resources that might provide support in a time of need.

Community Information from the Western NSW PHN

General Web Resources

Protect yourself from smoke Facts about smoke masks
Smoke information for GPs Emergency NSW Information
Managing medication during and after fires Disaster Recovery Grants
Emerging minds community trauma toolkit Fires Near Me - NSW
Australian Council of Social Service Legal Resources for Bushfire Victims
Returning Home

Mental Health Web Resources

LifeinMind Trauma for Children - Birdies Journeys
HeadtoHealth.gov.au Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
phoenixaustralia Headspace
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)
*Other resources may be available to help those that are in need. If we are missing something please contact us on communications@wnswphn.org.au.

Need help now?

If emergency help is required, call 000.

Call the following numbers for free, confidential support 24/7 from trained specialist counsellors.

  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (supporting ages 5 - 25)

  • Lifeline 13 11 14

  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

  • Mensline 1300 78 99 78

  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

  • Open Arms 1800 011 046 (supporting Veterans and their families)

  • QLife 1800 184 527 (supporting the LGBTI community. NB: this line is only operational between 3pm - midnight, everyday)

  • Disaster Welfare Assistance Line: 1800 018 444

  • GriefLine: 1300 845 745

  • Drug and Alcohol Support - Western NSW: 1300 887 000 / Far West: 1300 662 263

Smoke Health Warning

With smoke from many fires blanketing the region, it’s important to be vigilant about your health. For most people, smoke causes mild symptoms like sore eyes, nose and throat. However, people with conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina are at greater risk because the smoke can trigger their symptoms.

Tips to manage your health:

  • Where possible, stay in air-conditioned premises where filtration systems can help to reduce dust particles in the air.

  • Avoid outdoor physical activity.

  • If you are on home oxygen treatment, continue as prescribed and if breathlessness worsens, contact your GP.

  • People with asthma should carry their reliever medication with them at all times.

  • If you have asthma or a lung condition and develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing, follow your Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Action Plan.

  • If the symptoms do not settle, please see your GP. In case of emergency, go to your nearest Hospital Emergency Department, or call 000.

General Practitioner (GP)

If you, or someone you know needs mental health support, a good place to start is the local GP. Many GPs are used to dealing with depression and other mental health issues. Some take a special interest and undertake additional training in the area. A GP may conduct an initial general check-up to identify whether there are any physical causes to your symptoms. 

After Hours GP Service

Bathurst and Dubbo have GP After Hours Services available for urgent, non life-threatening medical treatments. These location are open on evenings, weekends, and public holidays outside of regular business hours. Call healthdirect.gov.au on 1800 022 222 for free to chat to a nurse or request a GP visit.

Local Support

For a person to acknowledge when they're experiencing mental health issues and seeking help can be difficult. The mental health system can be complicated and it can be hard to know where to go for support.

Visit Health Direct  healthdirect