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A reminder about the key COVID-19 prevention messages:

  • Physical distancing
  • Stop any Spread – hygiene 
  • Look after yourself and others
  • Know the symptoms, get tested if you have symptoms
  • Get vaccinated
Norfolk Island Community Health Empowerment Program (NICHE)

The NICHE program is run by NIHRACS through the Health and Wellbeing office located in the Smithy’s Building near the roundabout on Taylors Road.

NICHE is a free program for people living with one or more chronic (long term) health condition(s) and is in place to help people learn more about their condition(s) and medication therapy with an aim of improving general health.  We support people on the program whose goals may include increasing activity for fitness or weight management – by learning more about how the body works and responds to health conditions, diet and activity.   People participating in the program develop skills to predict and manage events that affect their health.

NICHE supports participants in the program with referrals to allied health team members at the hospital or in the community as well as providing opportunities for walking and water exercising to increase motivation for increasing general fitness and all the benefits this provides.

Referral to the program can be done by the individual or through a GP or other staff at the hospital.  We begin with an introduction to the program and follow up with a meeting to set goals and plan the best way to work towards achieving those goals.  Sessions then continue at intervals to suit the individual, either weekly or fortnightly as progress is made towards achieving the identified goals.

Phone us at the Health and Wellbeing office on 22687 to talk about what we may be able to offer you on the NICHE program.  There is no obligation to join the program and participation in the program is completely free and voluntary.


Norfolk Island Patients’ Travel Accommodation and Assistance Service (NIPTAAS) Reminder

When your NIHRACS GP refers you to Australia for medical treatment or investigations please remember to collect a NIPTAAS claim form for accommodation and travel reimbursements before you leave Norfolk Island.

The claim forms can be collected from the hospital front office or are available on the NIHRACS website.

 Please be reminded that it is your responsibility to collect signatures from the hospital or clinic for each appointment in order to obtain your reimbursement.  

National Cervical Cancer week 7-13 November

Cervical cancer begins when abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix grow uncontrollably. It may then spread to other parts of the reproductive system or to other parts of the body. Cervical cancer does not usually carry any external symptoms until it is in advanced stages, and so the best way to prevent cervical cancer is through Cervical Screening Tests. If you would like to have a Cervical Screening test, contact the GP Clinic on 24134 for an appointment. If you would like to read more about Cervical Cancer please visit Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation website



Important COVID-19 Update from NIHRACS
NIHRACS is working towards better access to healthcare for the NI community. It is now time to say goodbye to our locked front door as we move towards business as usual.
We are asking visitors and patients to self-identify respiratory symptoms and phone ahead instead of presenting face to face.
To book appointments please phone our GP Clinic reception on 24134 or 22091. 
Please continue to help us to reduce the risks of coronavirus on our small community by staying home if you are unwell, wearing a mask and washing your hands.

Report your RAT

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test (RAT) it is very likely that you have COVID-19.

Report your positive test result by calling NIHRACS on 22091

Note: if you took a PCR test at our testing clinic and received a positive result, you do not need to report it. The testing clinic will report it to our COVID Nurse directly.

Feeling sick? Stay home & get tested.

If you are feeling sick please do not attend work, school or shops.
Book in with a GP for a phone consult and
Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test.

Help stop the spread!
RAT testing is still available Monday to Friday via the drive-through clinic. These are booked appointments after a phone consultation with a GP.
Skin Checks

As part of a complete early detection strategy, we recommend that you see your GP once a year, or more often if you are at a higher risk of skin cancer, for a full-body, professional skin exam. To make a booking for the skin check clinic call the GP Clinic on 24134

Updating your details
NIHRACS have updated our Medicare Billing to an automated system. As a result of this, we will be calling residents who have expired card details on file to have this updated.
Please check your details ahead of any appointments and advice GP Reception with new expiry dates.

Visiting Specialists 

Respiratory – 14th-18th November
Ophthalmology 20th – 23rd Jan
Mammography – 20th Feb – 3rd March
The GP Clinic will call all patients who have been triaged by the Specialist to confirm an appointment.
Test Results and Referrals
Test results and referrals can be obtained in a booked consultation.
Please allow adequate time for your results & referrals as we are not always able to offer same day appointments.

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