Public Health Information

Public Health Information

NSW Health Mid North Coast - Local Health District

NSW Government Health 

NSW Government SafeWork NSW

Nambucca Valley Council - Sharps Disposal

Safety Stickler Brochure(PDF, 389KB)

NSW Needle and Syringe Program

The NSW Government is committed to reducing the sharing of injecting equipment among people who inject drugs by 25% by 2020. To assist you in being able to access your nearest NSP outlet an interactive map has been developed that contains every public NSP outlet across NSW. The map includes staffed NSPs where you can access advice, information and referral as well as machines and chutes.
The map can be found here (then put this hyperlink in NSW Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Outlets - Hepatitis


Wood smoke pollution

Smoke from wood heaters is a major cause of air pollution. In fact, during winter, wood heaters can produce up to seven times as much particle pollution as cars. Not only is a smoking fire wasting your money, but the air pollution it causes can also affect our health.

That's why we need to change the way we use our heaters.

Wood smoke contains a number of noxious gases (including carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and a range of organic compounds, some of which are toxic or carcinogenic) and fine particles, which go deep into the lungs.

Who is at risk?

Wood smoke pollution affects everyone. It is harmful to the health of wood heater users and the health of others in the community. Health effects depend on the extent of a person's exposure to wood smoke, one's age and current state of wellbeing.

People who are more at risk are:

  • infants and very young children
  • those suffering from existing cardiac or respiratory conditions, such as asthma
  • those with vascular complications from diabetes
  • frail elderly people.

You can be affected by wood smoke:

  • inside and outside your home
  • from your own wood heater or from other wood heaters in your neighbourhood.

To find out more about how you can reduce wood smoke pollution visit... 


For more information on the heath impacts of wood smoke visit NSW Health Wood Smoke Fact Page