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LOCAL TRANSMISSION OF MONKEYPOX CONFIRMED IN NSW

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LOCAL TRANSMISSION OF MONKEYPOX CONFIRMED IN NSW

NSW Health is urging the community, particularly gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM), to continue to be vigilant for the symptoms of monkeypox following local transmission of the virus in NSW.

Forty-two cases of monkeypox have now been identified in NSW residents. One case is confirmed to have acquired the infection in NSW, while two other cases acquired their infection within Australia.

NSW Health Executive Director of Health Protection Dr Richard Broome said the recently diagnosed case highlights the importance of people remaining vigilant for symptoms regardless of whether they have visited high-risk environments overseas.

“Men who have sex with men who are returning from overseas should contact their GP or local sexual health clinic for a check-up when they return as symptoms of monkeypox can be mild,” Dr Broome said.

“Symptoms usually begin seven to 14 days after exposure through skin-to-skin contact and can include fever, headache, body aches and a rash or lesions on the genital area.

“It is important that people with these symptoms avoid close contact with others, including sexual activity, as condoms are not effective at preventing the transmission of monkeypox.”

NSW Health has worked with doctors and community partners on the initial rollout of the JYNNEOS smallpox vaccination program focusing on the most high-risk groups in our communities.

A small stock holding of the JYNNEOS smallpox vaccine has been retained for postexposure prophylaxis.

We continue to work with our community partners to formulate a plan to rollout the additional doses of the JYNNEOS smallpox vaccine expected to be delivered in early September and October.

If you have questions about monkeypox, contact the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.

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Sydney Swans’ AFLW squad take Community Camp to Newcastle

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Sydney Swans’ AFLW squad take Community Camp to Newcastle

 

The Sydney Swans’ AFLW squad is heading to Newcastle as part of the first-ever league wide AFLW Community Camp program on 6-7 July.

With fewer than two months to go until its third NAB AFLW campaign, the Swans’ players will use the visit to inspire new fans and garner more support in NSW’s second most populated city. The Swans host Collingwood in a blockbuster Friday night clash at North Sydney Oval on Friday, 30 August to kick off the AFLW season.

Women and girls will be front and centre at the Swans’ Community Camp with two sessions specifically relating to girls keen to play footy. An All Girls Super Clinic will be followed by an U9 girls gala day, providing fantastic opportunities for participants to meet elite players and have a kick.

In an action-packed weekend, there will also be sessions for selected women and girls involved in youth and senior football including a leadership forum, an umpiring information session and a coaching masterclass featuring players and coaches from the Sydney Swans.

Participation and Programs Project Manager, AFL NSW/ACT, Simon Smyth, said of the Sydney Swans’ visit to Newcastle: “It’s a great time to be a girl playing footy and we’re grateful the Sydney Swans have chosen Newcastle for the team’s first official AFLW Community Camp.

“This area has a strong connection to footy with AFL Hunter Central Coast one of the country’s oldest-running sports leagues. We’ve seen many Australian rules football legends come out of this area and we hope the Community Camp will inspire some stars of the future.

“I encourage all girls to attend Saturday’s clinic and any under-nine girl with an interest in team sport to try the gala day on Sunday. The Community Camp is also a great time for youth girls and senior women coaches, umpires and players to mingle with elite players and receive a few tips.”

Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, said City of Newcastle’s ongoing investment in No.1 Sportsground continues to pay dividends for local athletes. “We’re delighted to welcome the Sydney Swans AFLW squad to Newcastle for this highly anticipated Community Camp,” Cr Nelmes said.

“Through City of Newcastle’s 10-year Strategic Sports Plan we’re providing facilities that support universal access and allow for greater female participation in sport. Our $8 million investment into improving and expanding the playing surface and installing new floodlights at No.1 Sportsground was just the beginning of upgrades that are designed to deliver a facility capable of hosting elite-level AFL and AFLW matches.”

All Girls Super Clinic
A great way to mingle with the Sydney Swans AFLW players and play footy-based games. No previous Australian rules football experience needed.

  • Date: Saturday, 6 July
  • Time: 1:30-2:30pm
  • Location: No. 1 Sportsground, Newcastle
  • Ages: 5-12
  • Register: Here

U9 Girls Gala Day
An opportunity for girls under nine years to try Australian rules football in a fun environment with modified rules, including no tackle. Sydney Swans AFLW players will offer support and provide some basic coaching.

  • Date: Sunday, 7 July
  • Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Location: Pasterfield Sports Complex, Cameron Park
  • Ages: 5-8 years
  • Register: Here

Swans AFLW Coach Masterclass
Be a part of the Swans AFLW Coach Masterclass, exclusively available for women and girls looking to gain invaluable insights from the experts.

  • Date: Saturday, 6 July
  • Time: 2:30PM
  • Location: No. 1 Sportsground, Newcastle
  • Register: Coaches will be invited to register via email

U9 Girls competition 2025
For the first time, AFL Hunter Central Coast will offer an U9 Girls competition in season 2025. Girls currently play mixed teams in U9s, with standalone girls sides competing from U11.

NAB AFL Auskick Burst in Newcastle
Participants inspired by the Sydney Swans will have an opportunity to join the fun weekly, with NAB AFL Auskick re-opening in Newcastle from 21 July, offering participants half a season of the Auskick experience and the beloved Auskick pack.

We call it Auskick Burst, with participants bursting on the footy scene and having a great time. Auskick Burst will be offered at a greatly reduced price, which will be revealed before the Sydney Swans’ AFLW Community Camp.

 

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Warning: High-Dose MDMA Tablets Circulating in NSW

 

By Rob Heyward

NSW Health is alerting the public about high-dose MDMA tablets (ecstasy) currently in circulation across NSW, which contain approximately double the amount of MDMA commonly found in other tablets. These grey, irregular-shaped tablets are imprinted with the text ‘LION’ on one side.

For images and further details on these high-dose MDMA tablets, please visit NSW Health Public Drug Alerts.

Dr. Darren Roberts, Medical Director of the NSW Poisons Information Centre, emphasised the dangers of consuming high doses of MDMA, which have been linked to serious illness and fatalities in NSW.

“MDMA can cause severe agitation, raised body temperature, seizures, irregular heart rhythm, and even death,” said Dr. Roberts. “The risks are heightened when MDMA is combined with other stimulants like amphetamines or cocaine. The amount of MDMA in a tablet can vary significantly, even within the same batch. Health risks are greatly increased if high amounts are consumed over a short period.”

Dr. Roberts also highlighted the increased risk of harm from MDMA in hot environments, such as music festivals. “Taking breaks from dancing, seeking shade, and drinking water are crucial to reducing the risk of overheating. Remember, if you or a friend feels unwell after taking drugs, seek medical help immediately. You will not get into trouble for seeking care.”

Onsite medical providers and trained peer volunteers from programs like DanceWize NSW are available at many major festivals to support attendees. Other event staff are also trained to assist.

For more information on staying safe and recognizing warning signs, see Stay OK at Music Festivals.

For details about the adverse effects of MDMA, contact the NSW Poisons Information Centre at 13 11 26. For support with alcohol, MDMA, and other drugs, reach out to the Alcohol and Drug Information Service at 1800 250 015, a 24/7 confidential and anonymous telephone counselling service. The NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) also provides harm minimisation resources and advice, available at 1800 644 413.

 

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NSW Ambulance Staff Recognised for Service and Bravery

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NSW Ambulance Staff Recognised for Service and Bravery

 

NSW Ambulance staff from the North Coast and Hunter New England were honoured today for their exemplary service, bravery, and dedication at a special awards ceremony held in Port Macquarie.

Commendations and Recognitions

More than 300 paramedics, control centre staff, and volunteer community first responders, spanning areas from Tweed Heads to Tuncurry, Wee Waa to Hamilton, and the Northern Control Centre in Charlestown, were commended for their contributions to the state.

Notable Recognitions:

  • Greta Bus Crash Response: Paramedics and control centre staff who responded to the tragic bus crash in June last year.
  • 2022 North Coast Floods: Teams who worked tirelessly to ensure community safety during the devastating floods.

In addition to these specific incidents, numerous NSW Ambulance staff received long service medals for their decades of commitment. Many were also recognized for achieving or enhancing their qualifications this year, including intensive care paramedics, special operations rescue paramedics, and extended care paramedics.

Ceremony Highlights

The Port Macquarie Awards and Recognition Ceremony is the first of three events planned for 2024 to honour NSW Ambulance staff and volunteers statewide.

Minister for Health Ryan Park:
“This ceremony is about acknowledging and awarding our hardworking paramedics and control centre staff who go to work every day to serve their community. It’s also about highlighting those who have gone above and beyond in people’s times of need, such as during floods or fires. I sincerely congratulate all the paramedics and control centre staff being recognised today and welcome all the new paramedics and emergency medical call takers.”

NSW Ambulance Chief Executive Dr Dominic Morgan:
“NSW Ambulance staff play a vital role in protecting the community across the state. These staff members don’t just serve the people of NSW for the accolades or awards; they do it because they are dedicated to providing the very best mobile and emergency health care to their community. As well as awarding the Commissioner’s Unit Citation and Certificate and Pandemic Service Medal, we are also recognising our paramedics for their long and diligent service with the National Medal and acknowledging those who served through floods and bushfires with the National Emergency Medal.”

Acknowledgments and Awards

  • Commissioner’s Unit Citation and Certificate
  • Pandemic Service Medal
  • National Medal for Long and Diligent Service
  • National Emergency Medal for Service during Floods and Bushfires

The ceremony was a heartfelt tribute to the dedication and bravery of NSW Ambulance staff, who continuously strive to provide exceptional emergency healthcare services to the community. The subsequent ceremonies will continue to celebrate the invaluable contributions of ambulance staff and volunteers throughout the year.

 

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