Primary Health Nurses (Generalist) - Community Health
Community Health Nurses are generalist nurses who provide many different types of care and assessment, including palliative care. They work closely with the patient's carers, doctor/GP and specialist teams to support patients to live as well as possible.
Community Health Nurses provide nursing care and ongoing assessments, to help families address problems as they arise. They talk with them about the ongoing needs and wishes of people who are being cared for at home. They also provide information and support, as well as referrals to other services if needed.
If the patient is linked to the Specialist Community Palliative Care Service, and their symptoms become complex or difficult to manage, the Community Health Nurses will request that the Specialist Community Palliative Care Service review patient symptoms.
Referral to Community Health Nursing can be made by patients, any service provider or medical officer. Referrals are made to the Access and Referral Centre (ARC) by calling 1300 792 755.
Community Health Nurses are based in local Integrated Primary and Community Health Centres throughout the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.
Email new referrals to: ISLHD-AccessandReferralCentre@health.nsw.gov.au.
For URGENT referrals call 1300 792 755.