"Poor health doesn't take a holiday..."

Our Consumer Health Panel members gave us some great summer holiday advice, such as "Poor health doesn't take a holiday..." We have drawn on this advice to provide the following information and tips for you to consider, when preparing to manage your health care over the summer holiday period.

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USE OUR HOLIDAY CHECKLIST

Download this checklist, to help you get prepared for the summer holiday period. Other advice:

  • be aware of longer wait times during busy periods
  • pack your prescriptions and medications if travelling
  • have your health action plan handy, this will help you or others if you become unwell 
  • in smaller towns shop hours vary and items may sell out, consider bringing what you might need
  • don’t leave medications in a hot car
  • keep hydrated – drink enough water
  • if you bushwalk, camp or go boating – a personal locator beacon can be useful in an emergency.

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FIND A SUPPORT LINE

Lifeline 
13 11 14 lifeline.org.au
Beyond Blue
1300 22 4636 beyondblue.org.au
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467 suicidecallbackservice.org.au
MensLine Australia
1300 789 978 mensline.org.au
QLife
1800 184 527 qlife.org.au
Mental Health Line NSW 
1800 011 511

For more helplines, click here.

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FIND A HEALTH SERVICE

There are health services and after hours care options available throughout South Eastern NSW.

We encourage you to:

  • Contact your doctor, nearest general practice or pharmacy - details available at healthdirect.
  • Seek medical advice and support - call the after hours GP helpline on 1800 022 222.
  • Call 000 in a medical emergency or visit your nearest Emergency Department for a serious illness or injury.

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KNOW YOUR MEDICINES

You can learn more about your medicines via the healthdirect website, including:

  • how to read Consumer Medicine Information leaflets
  • antidepressant medicines
  • asthma medication
  • blood presure medication
  • children's medicines
  • colds and flu medication
  • antibiotics and more.

To search medicines on healthdirect, click here.

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CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS

Worried about your health, or that of a family member or friend?

The healthdirect online symptom checker can be used to find out what your next step should be. Symptom checker can guide you to the appropriate heathcare action.

To check your symptoms on healthdirect, click here.

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DISASTER PREPARATION

Be prepared in the event of disasters such as bushfires, floods, severe storms and heatwaves:

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