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Lower Mid North Coast Sector​


Bulahdelah is set on the northern banks of the Myall River near its junction with the Crawford River, aptly named with Bulahdelah meaning "the meeting of the waters" in the local Aboriginal language. Located just an hour north of Newcastle and less than an hour from the beaches of Forster, the historical area was strong in the mining and timber industries. The area features the Myall Lakes National Park, Bombah Broadwater, Myall River and Wang Wauk State Forests, Alum Mountain, O'Sullivans Gap Flora Reserve and “The Grandis” the tallest known tree in NSW. With a population of over 1,500 there is a primary and secondary education provider as well as a Catholic primary school.

The community health service is located in the same building as the hospital, providing a tight knit team caring for the community. The team provides services in mental, general community and child and family nursing across the Bulahdelah region, with the possibility of extending north to Forster and Taree.


Forster and Taree are located within the Great Lakes region of NSW offering white sand beaches, gleaming blue lakes and a vivid green in the hinterland, it is the heart of the Lower Mid North Coast. Four hours from Sydney and two from Newcastle, the region offers affordable housing, education options and a lifestyle sought after by holiday makers. A haven for water sports where the lake meets the sea. Swim, surf, enjoy lagoons, rock pool exploration, fish, sailboard, scuba dive or dolphin and whale spot on a cruise. Inland recreations include Booti Booti National Park, Cape Hawke, local shopping and markets and plenty of dining options. With a combined population of 19,000 people, affordable housing, a choice of two primary schools and two high schools, it is the ideal place to raise a family or relax to after having one.

The community health service provides Aboriginal health, audiometry, cardiac, respiratory and heart failure rehabilitation, Child and family health nurse, counselling and immunisation, diabetic and general dietetics, drug and alcohol services, mental health, oral health, palliative care, paediatric occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology, podiatry and sexual health.


Gloucester is nestled in a valley between the Bucketts and Mograni Ranges, crisscrossed by the Avon, Barrington and Gloucester Rivers. Located two hours from central Newcastle and four from Sydney the population of two and a half thousand enjoy trout fishing, canoeing, horse riding, bushwalking and camping in a farming community, focused on dairy and beef cattle. There are two primary schools and one high school serving the population in this beautifully rugged region.

The Gloucester Soldiers' Memorial Hospital has eighty beds with twenty five of these being nursing home based, fifteen transitional aged care, twenty hostel and the remaining twenty make up the acute ward.

Community Health Services are provided in Aboriginal health and education, aged care and assessment, Audiometry, cardiac rehabilitation, mental health, child and family health nursing, counselling, child protection worker, diabetic education, dietitian, drug and alcohol, genetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, palliative care, podiatry, renal services, respiratory rehabilitation, sexual health, social work and women's health.


Harrington is located at the mouth of the Manning River. With a population of over two thousand, an almost deserted beach is the norm to enjoy a swim, surf, fish or walk whilst taking in the stunning blue. With Taree only half an hour away it can be your little part of paradise with affordable housing and mild weather.

The Community Health Services offer services in Aboriginal health, audiometry, cardiac rehabilitation, child and family health, counselling and immunisation, diabetic dietician, drug and alcohol services, general dietetics, heart failure rehabilitation, mental health, oral health, palliative care, paediatric occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology, podiatry, respiratory rehabilitation and sexual health.

Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest is a main gateway to the Myall Lakes, a network of intersecting lakes and rivers and is a popular houseboat destination that interests fisherman, recreational boaters, golfers and those looking for a place to relax and reflect. The thousand strong community enjoy swimming, snorkelling, diving, bush walking, dolphin and whale spotting, 4WDing and camping in an area filled with wildlife.

Clinical Services are offered to the community include aged care, child and family health nursing and counselling, continence, diabetes, dietetics, genetic counselling, mental health, Paediatric occupational, physical therapy and speech pathology, palliative care and women's health.


Stroud is located an hour's drive north of Newcastle and has a population of 700. Nestled in the green Karuah Valley, historic buildings line the streets filled with country charm and welcoming locals. The area has a primary school for local children.


Taree is nestled in the Manning Valley on the Manning River, featuring stunning national parks and pristine coastline, on the mid north coast 314km from Sydney and 172km from Newcastle. Just three and a half hours drive from Taree there will be a a wide range of environments to live – beach, forest and township. The river is largely responsible for the recreational activities including fishing, rowing, swimming, sailing and power boating. The region offers several beaches within a twenty minute drive, the opportunity to include bushwalking, camping and fishing to your daily lifestyle alongside an array of sporting recreations. With a population of twenty six thousand Taree is a popular tourist destination for people that want to get away from it all and enjoy a slower pace of life in beautiful surroundings. Taree offers extensive child care facilities and services, plenty of arts and cultural activities and dining options and places of worship for most religions. Reasonably priced housing, a strong community and both private and public educational facilities round off the available facilities.

The acute one hundred and sixty bed hospital services a population of 92,000 across the Greater Taree, the Great Lakes Region and Gloucester regions. for surgery, general medicine, critical care, obstetrics, paediatrics, emergency, oncology, palliative care, rehabilitation, acute renal dialysis, high dependency and mental health.

The community health centre has services covering Aboriginal Health, aged care support, audiometry, drug and alcohol, sexual health, mental health and nursing.


Wingham is the oldest town in the Manning Valley and boasts charm, peace, an English style village green and various national trust-listed Federation buildings. It is a historic town on the Manning River surrounded by rich farmland, particularly beef and dairy farms, and national forest. With five schools locally, the area is ideal for those with families and the affordable housing makes it an ideal place to relocate to combine a higher quality of life whilst continuing your career – shorter commute, local markets and eateries and the opportunity to join a friendly, caring community.

Wingham Hospital is a sixteen bed sub-acute rehabilitation unit providing nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, medical assessment and management as well as outpatient services for allied health assessment and therapy. With a hydrotherapy pool onsite the service also offers exercise programs for individuals and groups. Forty minutes from the beach, the river side town is overlooked by the commandeering mid north coast rainforest.

For further details on roles and facilities please contact the respective representative below:

Fiona Minett - Health Service Manager

Bulahdelah Hospital & Community Health Service

02 4987 9900

Louise Saville - Health Service Manager

Forster Community Health Service

02 6539 6300

Nicole Briggenshaw - Health Service Manager

Gloucester Soldier’s Memorial Hospital

02 6538 5000

Nicole Briggenshaw - Health Service Manager

Gloucester Community Health Service

02 6538 5056

Fiona Minett - Health Service Manager

Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens Community Health Service

02 4987 9900

Jodi Nieass - General Manager

Manning Base Hospital - Lower Mid North Coast Sector

02 6592 9111

Deborah Bliss - Health Service Manager

Taree Community Health Service

02 6592 9315

Lisa Cantwell - Health Service Manager

Wingham Community Hospital

02 6557 3400