Nursing street-fighters shield community from COVID-19 and flu

The COVID-19 street fighters! Brenda, Nina (front), Jessica, Melissa and Melanie at Holroyd Community Centre yesterday.

Specialised nurses are hitting the streets to help vulnerable community members receive a free COVID-19 screening and flu vaccination.

In a Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) first, nurses are visiting services in the community that support rough sleepers and those living in crisis or temporary accommodation.

WSLHD High Street Youth Health Service clinical nurse specialist Nina Livingstone said more than 160 people in the community have already received their flu shot.

“Our goal is to reach as many vulnerable members of the community and to provide healthcare services to those who otherwise may not be reached,” Nina said.

Anthony Bose gets his flu shot from WSLHD clinical nurse specialist Melissa Broadbent

“The clinics have been really well received. Understandably, some people are a little uneasy around needles so we try to make the experience as painless as possible.”

The teams are also increasing health literacy in the community by dispelling myths around the flu vaccine and highlighting the importance of practicing good hygiene.

“The flu vaccine is safe and cannot give you the flu. It’s the best protection against the flu and I encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” Nina said.

WSLHD clinical nurse specialist Melanie Wilson sets up for the day.

Young people aged 12-24 living in the WSLHD can call the Youth Health service to book an appointment to receive their free flu vaccine:

High Street Youth Health Service, Harris Park: 8860 2500

Western Area Adolescent Team, Mount Druitt: 9881 1230

Nurse-led outreach clinics to screen for COVID-19 and provide flu vaccinations will be at the Holroyd Centre Merrylands on 12 May and Meals Plus Parramatta on 13 May from 9.30am – 12.30pm on both days.

For further information contact Nina Livingstone on 8860 2500 or email

Community services interested in hosting an outreach clinic are also encouraged to contact Nina.