Northern Rivers Echo

Last week the new Minister for Health Brad Hazzard visited Lismore Base Hospital to meet the new Junior Medical Officers who recently commenced their rotation here.

The Minister also an opportunity to see the new Emergency Department in action and meet with the Board, union reps and the Staff Medical Council to discuss local health issues and future needs.

The NSW Government will fund a new school-based meningococcal vaccination program for all Year 11 and 12 students to combat the rise in the W strain of this potentially fatal disease.

The NSW Meningococcal W Response Program will target 17 and 18 year olds this year, as immunisation experts advise that this age group is particularly at risk because of their physical closeness with peers (e.g. kissing, coughing, sneezing).

The program will start in Term Two, and be expanded to cover other upper high school students in subsequent years.

If any Year 11 and 12 students miss out on the vaccine at school, they will be able to get the vaccine for free from their GP later in the year.

Under the program teenagers will receive a four-antigen vaccine, which provides protection against the A, C, W and Y strains.

The draft North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-2022 is on public exhibition until 8 March 2017.

The Plan will help implement the NSW weed reforms, NSW Biosecurity Strategy and NSW Invasive Species Plan in relation to weeds for the North Coast region.

The North Coast Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan builds on past planning efforts and is based on the accumulated experience and expert local knowledge of Regional Weed Committee members and their networks. It identifies priority weeds, their management objectives, and the recommended measures that will allow land managers to meet their General Biosecurity Duty.

The draft Plan, feedback form and all associated information is available on North Coast Open ( ). However, you may call ph. 1300 795 299 if you have any enquiries.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.