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Poison Centre131 126
DoCS Helpline132 111
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Helpline1800 200 526
Kids Helpline1800 551 800
Lifeline131 114
NSW Rape Crisis Centre1800 424 017
Victims Support Line1800 633 063

Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Service

Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
Acute Care Team 9382 2497
Aged Care Psychiatry 9382 3797
9382 3753
Bilingual Counselling Service 9366 8711
Adolescent Psychiatry 9382 4347
Child and Family East 9382 8213
Consultation Liaison Psychiatry 9382 2796
Consumer Support 9382 4262
Early Psychosis Program 9366 8610
Inpatient Units (Acute) 9382 4352
Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit 9382 4238
Mental Health Intensive Care Unit 9382 0991
Mobile Community Treatment Team 9366 8711
Neuropsychiatric Institute 9382 3763
Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre 9382 7772
Rehabilitation Service 9366 8610
Youth Mental Health 9366 8610
Mental Health Administration 9382 2381

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Police Assistance LineReporting of crime131 444
Randwick Police196 Alison Rd9697 1099
Waverley Police153 Bronte Rd9369 9899
Maroubra Police136 Maroubra Rd9349 9299
Paddington Police16 Jersey Rd8356 8299

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Zostavax - Shingles Vaccine


The shingles vaccine, Zostavax®, has been approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), to be provided free of charge from 1 November 2016 to people aged 70 years, subject to vaccine supply. There will also be a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years.

What is Shingles?
Shingles is a painful rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus which is the same virus that causes chickenpox.

The shingles rash develops into itchy blisters usually occurring on one side of the body either on the face, chest, back, abdomen or pelvis, and can take several weeks to settle.

Around 1 in 100 Australians who are older than 50, are thought to have had shingles at some stage.

Shingles diagnosis
If you have had chickenpox in the past, the virus stays in the nerve cells near the spine, but is not active. Shingles occurs when the virus becomes active again.

You cannot catch shingles from someone who has shingles. But, if you have not had chickenpox you can catch chickenpox by being in direct contact with fluid on the blisters of someone who has shingles.

Almost all people have had chickenpox by the time they turn 40 and may be at risk of developing shingles. Sometimes shingles can occur with no known trigger. However, shingles is more likely to occur if you:

  • are older than 50, particularly those who are older than 80
  • have HIV and AIDS
  • have had an organ transplant
  • have recently had a bone-marrow transplant
  • have a condition which requires treatment that impacts the immune system, such as chemotherapy for cancer
  • are experiencing physical and emotional stress.


Over-the counter medications such as paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, can be used for pain relief. If over-the-counter medicines aren’t controlling your pain, your doctor may prescribe other medicines such as opioids, anti-depressants and anticonvulsants .

Click here for further information from immunise.health.gov.au

The information in the above were collected from the internet,
either from government websites or from reasonably reliable health information sources.
They are for general information only and should not replace the need of seeking medical care during illnesses.

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