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Winter health matters

Welcome to July and another busy month across Sydney Local Health District. Winter is always the busiest time of year for our hospitals so I was very pleased to see that more than 200 community members took the opportunity to visit our free flu vaccination clinic at Redfern Health Centre last month.

Alexandria Park Community Centre

Most of our 12,000 staff are also now vaccinated which will help us all take responsibility this year for keeping the flu at bay.

 

Continued services Alexandria Park

Renovations are taking place at the Alexandria Park Community Centre but our Child and Family Health nurses are continuing to provide services from the demountable building. This includes clinic appointments, new parent groups, solid information sessions and home visits.

 

We share the space with our partners Connect Redfern to provide a central hub where children can grow, learn, play and be healthy in their community.

 

A helping hand

When a family needs help from more than one service, life can become chaotic with multiple appointments and conflicting priorities. Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods works with families from multiple services to meet their health and social needs. The HHAN social worker and nurse work from the RedLink Integrated Services Hub in the McKell Building, in partnership with other local organisations. They take a whole-of-family approach and support families to reach their own goals. They also work with local organisations to help them understand how to navigate health services, so they are better able to support the health needs of community members.

 

Drug, alcohol and mental health help

Did you know Odyssey House now runs a group for people recovering from mental health, alcohol and drug issues at Redfern Health Centre? The four-week program runs through the year and provides a supportive environment where participants can learn new skills and get help for any challenges they may be facing. For more information, please call 1800 397 739.

 

Reaching the youth

Youthblock works extensively with the Redfern-Waterloo community to help improve access to health care. They are currently working with Weave Youth & Community Services to develop a pathway for their clients to access GPs, and with Redfern Police and others to discuss ways to better engage Aboriginal young men and boys in improving their access to health services and their health literacy.

 

The team also runs a nursing outreach service to Key College in Redfern fortnightly for students in years 7-12, and will run a Yhunger training workshop at The Settlement in October where local youths can develop skills with food shopping, cooking and nutrition. For more information, please contact 9562 5640 or drop in to Youthblock at 288 Abercrombie Street, Redfern.

 

Until next time, stay healthy.

Dr Teresa Anderson, Chief Executive.

Drug, alcohol and mental health help

For more information, please call 1800 397 739.

Reaching the youth

For more information, please contact 9562 5640 or drop in to Youthblock at 288 Abercrombie Street, Redfern.

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