Emergency boss: Have fun but be sensible this Australia Day

Emergency staff Australia Day photo
Vika Varges from Westmead Hospital’s emergency department receives treatment from Carlo Magno and Trevor Raymond.

Watch out for those backyard cricket injuries this weekend!

Western Sydney Local Health District staff are encouraging the community to celebrate Australia Day safely and responsibly – and most importantly, out of our hospitals.

Westmead Hospital’s emergency department director Dr Matthew Vukasovic urged everyone to make sensible decisions over the long weekend.

“Be sure to drink in moderation and look out for your mates,” said Dr Vukasovic.

“Do not drink, take drugs and drive. A poor decision could affect the lives of many people forever.

“If you’re going away for the weekend, please drive carefully on our roads.”

Weather over the weekend is expected to be extremely hot. The community is encouraged to stay hydrated, keep cool and take care of each other. More information is available here.

For details about what’s happening in your area and further event-related information, visit the official Australia Day website: http://www.australiaday.com.au/

Members of the public are reminded that there will be road closures in place, particularly in the Sydney CBD and around the foreshore areas.

Public transport is recommended but those who must drive should plan their journey in advance via livetraffic.com, allow extra travel time and expect delays.

A comprehensive Australia Day transport guide – with information for travel to and from events from 7am – is available by visiting www.transportnsw.info.