the busy festive season fast approaching, the NSW health system is reminding
people of a few simple measures to ensure they have a safe and healthy break.
Health Deputy-Secretary Susan Pearce said the key to a happy and healthy
holiday break is being prepared and knowing how to access the best pathways of
Departments are operating as usual over the Christmas and New Year period to
assist with urgent, unexpected conditions,” Ms Pearce said.
case of a health emergency, people should call Triple Zero (000) but for other
health concerns Healthdirect, on 1800 022 222, is an excellent source of
the matter is not of a serious or life-threatening nature, patients are advised
to see their local GP, medical centre or pharmacist.”
Pearce said it was also important to make sure medications and prescriptions
are also in order before the holiday period, especially if people are
travelling away, and urged families to keep the 24-hour Healthdirect helpline
in their phones.
measures and precautions for a happy and healthy holiday season include:
the consumption of alcohol, particularly on New Year’s Eve;
a GP in the lead up to Christmas to ensure an adequate supply of prescription
additional care on the roads and when participating in outdoor activities;
a close eye on elderly relatives with impaired mobility in unfamiliar
precautions on very hot days, such as maintaining hydration, minimising
physical activity, wearing light clothing, avoiding alcohol, and staying
indoors between 11am and 5pm, ideally in air conditioning;
and keeping a watchful eye on children, particularly around water;
food immediately, throwing out leftovers and carefully cleaning food
hands with soap and water before eating and preparing food, after using the
toilet and after changing nappies; and
Christmas gifts, including bikes and skateboards, are accompanied with
protective equipment such as helmets and knee pads.
Pearce said holidays can also be a time of stress for many people, and a wide
range of mental health supports are available for those who need help:
- Mental Health
Line on 1800 011 511 - 24 hours / 7 days a week for mental health assistance
- Lifeline on 13 11
14 24 hours /7 days a week for crisis support
- beyondblue on
1300 224 636 24 hours /7 days a week for and information.