Media releases

For all media enquiries please contact the Media and Communications team on 07 5456 8100.

New COVID19 vaccination and testing clinic opens in Noosa [PDF, 315KB]

7 June 2021 | The Noosa Shire now has a combined COVID19 testing and vaccination hub, with community outreach champions Sunny Street unpacking their mobile health care clinic into a premise in downtown Tewantin for the next year.

Inter-generational playgroup expands across region [PDF, 315KB]

31 May 2021 | Hot on the heels of the hit ABC TV series ‘Old people’s home for 4-year olds’, another innovative inter-generational playgroup is set to be expanded across regional Queensland.

Helping make the Coast a Compassionate Community [PDF, 297KB]

20 April 2021 | Residents of the Sunshine Coast will soon play a stronger role in the care and support of people at the end of life,with the local launch of the global Compassionate Communities initiative this week.

COVID-19 vaccination rolls out to the community [PDF, 96KB]

24 March 2021 | The first of the highly anticipated community COVID-19 vaccinations were delivered to eligible patients in general practices across Central Queensland, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast this week.

Patience needed during next phase of vaccination roll-out [PDF, 90KB]

18 March 2021 | Residents in Central Queensland, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast are being urged to be patient ahead of Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out set to start in general practice on Monday.

New service provides The Way Back from suicide [PDF, 103KB]

8 March 2021 |Beyond Blue’s suicide aftercare initiative The Way Back Support Service, which provides critical support for people after a suicide attempt, is now available in Central Queensland, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast.

Lead agent for headspace Emerald announced [PDF, 324KB]

4 February 2021 | Australia’s peak youth mental health and wellbeing group, headspace, is a step closer to delivering services in the Central Highlands with the appointment of a lead agent for its first stand-alone site in the region.

PHN announce first Indigenous board member [PDF, 316KB]

18 January 2021 | With improving Indigenous health and well being one of the top priorities for Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN,Gangulu man Shea Spierings has joined the board of directors of its governing body, Sunshine Coast Health Network Ltd.

Mental health services now delivered in aged care [PDF, 94KB]

15 December 2020 | People living in residential aged care facilities on the Sunshine Coast now have ongoing access to mental health and wellbeing support, thanks to a local targeted initiative.

Improve the health of your community [PDF, 94KB]

3 December 2020 | Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN is planning better health services for your community, and they need your help.
The PHN funds services like alcohol and other drug treatment and supports in Central Queensland, suicide prevention training in the Wide Bay, and early childhood development programs on the Sunshine Coast, and have just launched their community health survey.

Learning through healing for Indigenous mental health workers [PDF, 124KB]

30 October 2020 | As Mental Health Month draws to a close, the first trainees to participate in an innovative mentoring program for Indigenous mental health and drug and alcohol workers graduated in Central Queensland today.

Gympie Health Hub turns one! [PDF, 313KB]

27 October 2020 | Despite the challenges presented by the COVID19 pandemic, the Gympie Health Hub marked a major milestone this month, celebrating its first birthday.

Emerald connects with healthcare online [PDF, 313KB]

23 October 2020 | A group of local healthcare professionals are joining forces with the Australian Digital Health Agency and Commonwealth-funded primary healthcare organisation Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN to make Emerald one of the first towns in Australia to have its residents fully connected with their healthcare online.

headspace satellite finds home in Maryborough [PDF, 403KB]

23 September 2020 | Youth mental health champions headspace are a step closer to opening the doors on a satellite centre in Maryborough, with the signing of a lease on a premise next to the Station Square Shopping Centre, located at Shop 2b, 118 Lennox Street.

Former mining blaster rocks new career in health [PDF, 98KB]

16 September 2020 | After leaving a lucrative career in the mining industry, one of Wide Bay’s newest Bachelor of Nursing students has taken out a top honour at the 2020 Queensland Training Awards.

New program takes walking from a wheeze to a breeze [PDF, 312KB]

10 September 2020 | People living with chronic lung disease can breathe a little easier in Hervey Bay, thanks to an innovative pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Online campaign helps tourists get tested for COVID-19 [PDF, 98KB]

20 August 2020 | Visitors to the Sunshine Coast experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms can easily find a place to get tested for COVID-19 thanks to a new campaign by a local primary health organisation.

Wide Bay community trains to prevent suicide [PDF, 315KB]

31 July 2020 | An inspiring number of residents in Wide Bay are learning how to help prevent suicide in their community, by enrolling in a nationally recognised onehour online training program.

Get tested for COVID-19 [PDF, 463KB]

24 June 2020 | As restrictions continue to ease across Queensland, a local healthcare organisation is asking anyone displaying even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms to get tested for the virus.

Primary health network welcomes headspace funding [PDF, 94KB]

9 June 2020 | Young people across Central Queensland, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast will soon have improved access to mental health services, with the announcement today of a significant funding boost for headspace centres.

Indigenous Elders ‘In this together’ for community health [PDF, 152KB]

26 May 2020 | As National Reconciliation Week starts, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are being urged to visit their regular doctor or health worker, either via telehealth appointments or in person, in order to stay well and healthy.

GP encourages patients to continue visiting their doctor [PDF, 102KB]

21 April 2020 | A Sunshine Coast general practitioner is encouraging patients to continue making contact with their regular GP during the COVID-19 pandemic, either via telehealth appointments or even in person, in order to stay well and healthy.

Create a community safety net with suicide prevention training [PDF, 94KB]

16 April 2020 | With strong evidence showing the continuing COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be a difficult time for those already struggling with their mental health, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN is providing free online suicide prevention training.

Emerald takes gold for digital health technology [PDF, 317KB]

5 March 2020 | The Central Queensland town of Emerald has been revealed to be the first in the state, and one of the first in Australia, to have widespread digital connectivity across the health sector.

‘Let me see my baby’ – learning to live with loss [PDF, 399KB]

20 February 2020 | Miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and the subsequent grief felt by parents, family and friends will be explored in an intimate and in-depth conversation in Coolum next Tuesday night.

Phone calls to support suicide survivors in the Central Highlands [PDF, 297KB]

19 February 2020 | People at risk of, or who have recently attempted, suicide in the Central Highlands area will be placed in regular phone contact with qualified mental health facilitators, with the launch of a new non-emergency telephone support program.

headspace Emerald gets the green light  [PDF, 409KB]

13 February 2020 | The Central Highlands community of Emerald will soon be home to a standalone headspace centre, as part of  a $64M Liberal Nationals Government package for suicide prevention and mental health initiatives.

Maryborough’s community action plan for mental health [PDF, 403KB]

21 January 2020 | In a demonstration of their commitment to creating a powerful community support system, the Maryborough Suicide Prevention Network launch their 2020 action plan for mental health this week. 

Save a life this silly season with free suicide prevention training [PDF, 295KB]

19 December 2019 | With evidence showing Christmas and the holiday period to be a difficult time for those struggling with their mental health, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN is hoping to save lives this silly season by providing free online suicide prevention training.

Skip the queue this summer with healthdirect mobile app [PDF, 294KB]

17 December 2019 |  Parents are being encouraged to skip the queue at the emergency department this summer by downloading and using an innovative app to find the most appropriate medical care closest to them and their children.

Local community groups recognised at 2019 Healthy Towns Awards  [PDF, 318KB]

6 December 2019 |  A faeriethemed sustainability festival, two community gardens, and a medical transport service are among nine community groups to share in more than $15,000 in grants at the 2019 Healthy Towns Awards announced in Peregian on Thursday.

Gympie supports childhood development with Healthy Play [PDF, 298KB]

28 November 2019 |  With school nearly out for another year, children under the age of five or those who are home-schooled in Gympie and the surrounding area now have access to a mobile play-based program designed to support childhood development.

Spot a mole from a melanoma this Skin Cancer Action Week [PDF, 314KB]

20 November 2019 |  See if you can spot the difference between a mole and melanoma, including your own, this National Skin Cancer Action Week, at a special popup event at Mooloolaba Beach on Thursday.

Vital new hub for health opens in Gympie [PDF, 510KB]

28 October 2019 |  Gympie residents can now access a range of vital health and community support services all under the one roof, with the official opening of the new Gympie Health Hub.

Sunshine Coast surgery steps up mental health message [PDF, 502KB]

9 October 2019 |  A popular medical clinic in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is actively working to improve the wellbeing of its patients this Queensland Mental Health Week, with the implementation of an innovative mental health program.

Record funds allocated to suicide prevention training in Wide Bay [PDF, 295KB]

4 September 2019 |  In advance of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2019, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN (the PHN) has announced it is committing a record amount of funding towards suicide prevention training in Wide Bay.

New funding ensures a bright road ahead for Sunny Street [PDF, 350KB]

22 July 2019 | The road ahead for mobile doctor and nursing outreach service Sunny Street is looking bright, with the help of 12 months funding from not-for-profit commissioning agency Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN.

Additional nursing services to help remote mining community LiveBetter [PDF, 290KB]

10 July 2019 | The delivery of health and medical services in the remote central Queensland community of Rolleston will be strengthened in 2019, with the provision of much needed additional nursing services.

Health partnership to journey with CQ Indigenous community [PDF, 297KB]

30 May 2019 | On Monday, five Central Queensland organisations will sign a Statement of Cooperation to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to mental health and alcohol and other drug treatment in the Rockhampton, Livingstone & the Central Highlands region.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food mobile kitchen returns to Bundaberg [PDF, 59KB]

14 May 2019 | The Good Foundation has today announced that it will be rolling Jamie’s Ministry of Food’s Mobile Kitchen into Bundaberg. In partnership with Queensland Health, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN (the PHN), Woolworths and Stockland, the mobile kitchen will teach locals home-cooking skills and promote healthy eating in the region.

Businesses urged to protect staff against flu this winter [PDF, 228KB]

10 May 2019 | With more than three times as many people diagnosed with the flu so far this year across
Queensland, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN (PHN) is urging local businesses
to follow its lead with a staff vaccination program.

New regional service for psychosocial support [PDF, 228KB]

9 May 2019 | A new national support service will soon be available for people in regional Queensland who are living
with severe mental illness, but ineligible for funding under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

New research project offers hope for mental health outcomes [PDF, 228KB] 

5 March 2019 |Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a $500,000 grant by Bupa Health Foundation to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of mental health services in the region.

Drug and alcohol services boosted to tackle ice in CQ [PDF, 71KB] 

5 February 2019 | The PHN welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Regional Services, and the Government’s ongoing investment in alcohol and drug services.

Awards celebrate community organisations [PDF, 549KB] 

30 November 2018 | Representatives from community organisations across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie region are meeting in Gympie on Friday to recognise those nominated for the third annual Healthy Towns Awards.

Digital screening for common mental health conditions [PDF, 475KB]

8 November 2018 | Federal Government funding has enabled ten general practices across Central Queensland, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast to roll out StepCare, an innovative digital screening and treatment service for common mental health conditions.

Better care at Benevolent [PDF, 573KB] 

5 November 2018 | For the first time in Central Queensland, a trial is demonstrating My Health Record’s ability to improve the care of older people living in residential aged care facilities.

Nurse practitioner strengthens Kilkivan GP service [PDF, 427KB] 

15 October 2018 | Health services in the rural communities of Kilkivan and Goomeri have received a much-needed boost with the appointment of a new visiting nurse practitioner, Jenny Doherty.

Gympie teenagers Brainstorm to top spot with national film award [PDF, 624KB] 

8 October 2018 | Stop freaking out, the storm’s going to pass is a message echoed in the film Brainstorm, which won the regional and national awards in the Young Film Maker category at the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival in Gympie over the weekend.

Gympie teenagers Brainstorm into short film finals [PDF, 624KB] 

5 October 2018 | Tom Logan, 17, is one of a group of Gympie teenagers going head-to-head with filmmakers, on a world stage in the finals of the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival in Gympie this weekend.

Six simple steps to better mental health [PDF, 479KB] 

2 October 2018 | Taking time to remember the simple things that give you joy such as spending time with family or friends is a great starting point for improving mental health.

Healthy Towns nominations close this Friday [PDF, 493KB] 

12 September 2018 | Community groups across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie are being urged to submit nominations for the Healthy Towns Awards program before entries close on Friday, 14 September.

Take time to protect against suicide [PDF, 513KB] 

04 September 2018 | Business leaders in the Gympie community are stepping up to access new training to protect their staff and workplaces from suicide.

#YouCanTalk about suicide [PDF, 398KB] 

1 September 2018 | Andrew Marriott’s son Glenn died by suicide at the age of 18, and now he’s urging people across Central Queensland, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast to join a new initiative and save lives.

PHN welcomes new rehab for Rockhampton [PDF, 247KB] 

22 February 2018 | Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN CEO, Pattie Hudson has welcomed the release of the Queensland Government’s Action on Ice strategy, in particular the previously announced commitment to fund a new residential rehabilitation facility in Rockhampton.

Lets get Gympie’s kids ready for school [PDF, 348KB] 

22 January 2018 | Child therapy services in Gympie have receive a $120,000 funding boost to kick off the new school year. Debbie Blumel, CEO for Children’s Therapy Centre said families in Gympie would be able to access free therapy sessions for developmentally vulnerable children.

Some simple life hacks could rescue your New Year health resolutions before it is too late [PDF, 260KB] 

10 January 2018 | There is still time for Wide Bay residents to make their health resolutions come true with a few easy “life hacks’’. Molly Blain, the My Health for Life Support Officer for Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN said it was often better to make simple, considered changes to your health, than trying to tackle major health and lifestyle changes in one go.

Peer workers to boost mental health services in Wide Bay [PDF, 244KB] 

19 December 2017 | Mental health services in the Wide bay have received a boost with the addition of 11 fully qualified peer workers providing lived experience counselling across Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

Free women’s health specialist launching outreach services in Moura [PDF, 330KB] 

18 December 2017 | A new outreach clinic is coming to Moura this today and will provide women with access to free, confidential reproductive and sexual health check-ups. The clinic being held at the Moura hospital and will cover all aspects of women’s health including all contraception, cervical screening, breast examination, period problems, pregnancy planning and menopause.