Support services

Supporting patients with Asthma

Patients with asthma can now be referred by their health professional to Asthma Foundation NSW for FREE telephone asthma education, resources and support. Once referred, members of the Education Team will phone your patient to discuss their asthma and cover topics of identified need.

Patients will also receive an Asthma Control Pack containing a selection of relevant information brochures and an Asthma First Aid fridge magnet. An Asthma Education Summary of the initial phone conversation will be sent to your GP for review and inclusion in your medical record.

For more information visit: www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/nsw/about-asthma.

New national service for carers

Healthdirect Australia has been working with the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) to develop a new national service specifically for carers. Launched on Monday 14 December, Carer Gateway is a great place for carers to start their search for information, support and services.

It is estimated that there are around 2.7 million carers in Australia and the majority do not identify themselves as carers.

Carer Gateway offers a website and phone service to help carers access practical information and resources to help them in their caring role. Carer Gateway is available via www.carergateway.gov.au or by phone 1800 422 737 Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm. Carer Gateway provides information about services and support available for people who care for someone with disability, chronic illness, dementia, mental illness or who are frail aged.

Managing diabetes in an emergency

New research conducted by Diabetes Australia (DA) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) suggests that people with diabetes need more relevant information to equip them to manage their condition during and after an emergency. The new resources are profiled in a stakeholder action kit, which was jointly developed by DA and ADEA to provide emergency preparedness information for organisations that help people with diabetes.

The Diabetes Emergency Plan is a leaflet containing important information that will help you keep managing your diabetes during a natural disaster or emergency. The Plan lists your medical details and important contacts and has a checklist for preparing a Diabetes Emergency Kit.

Managing Your Diabetes in an Emergency is a companion flyer that explains how to use the Plan and how it can help people self-manage their diabetes in an emergency.

The Get Healthy Service offers free and confidential telephone-based expert advice and plenty of motivation to help you find a healthier, happier you. The Get Healthy Service has two streams:

  • information only
  • six month coaching program

This allows you to pick what's right for you. For more information go to Get Healthy NSW or phone 1300 806 258.

Advice from GPs can help people who smoke to quit. The majority of people who smoke are interested in quitting but not necessarily ready to take action. Research shows that encouragement and brief advice from health professionals often leads to action.

Go to iCanQuit for a range of resources and support tools.

Support group for parents of transgender and gender diverse children

Many parents and carers can feel isolated and alone on their journey of understanding and supporting their child's gender identity.

If you would like to meet other parents and carers, share experiences together, hear from guest speakers, and learn more about a range of health, legal and social topics relevant to transgender and gender diverse young people and their families, contact us to find out more.

This group will be facilitated by two local parents, in conjunction with The Gender Centre and headspace Wollongong. First Tuesday of the month at 5.30pm (for 6pm start) until 8pm.

For more information contact headspace Wollongong on 4220 7660 or email headspace@gph.org.au.