It’s as simple as: Call, Connect and Conquer COVID

Blacktown Hospital Women’s & Newborn Care midwifery unit manager Michelle Gallagher

Nothing is more important than family, and during these uncertain times, not being able to visit a loved one can be hard.

When usually being together is the best way we show our support, right now staying apart is how we can keep each other safe.

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout community, it is more important than ever to stay at home, and help spread the word to family and friends on how to keep safe.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has launched the Call Connect and Conquer COVID campaign in order to reach culturally diverse communities of western Sydney.

Our health heroes are getting on the phones each day to help spread the word to their loved ones.

So what can you do to get involved?

We want you to stop and take 10 minutes in your day to call your loved ones.

Many people in our community have language barriers or might not know the current health advice.

Let them know that staying at home means:

  • Not to visit friends or family for now
  • No visitors or gatherings at their home
  • No travelling outside of their local area for exercise
  • They can only leave their home for certain reasons
    • To get essential supplies (e.g. food, pet food, medical care), to exercise, to get tested for COVID-19, to get medical care, to get a COVID vaccination or for essential work.

If they are struggling, let them know there are free mental health support services available including:

  • NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service: 1800 512 348

Build it in to your routine.

  • Pick a time each day that you set aside to call someone you love.
  • Make a list of all the people you want to call and pick a different person each day.
  • 10 minutes can be found when:
    • When you first wake up
    • When you’re having a cup of coffee
    • When waiting for the washing to finish
    • If you’re waiting for the kettle to boil

Blacktown Hospital Women’s & Newborn Care midwifery unit manager Michelle Gallagher said that she contacts her elderly parents daily, to ensure they are getting the right health information, and are also staying home and safe.

“My dad requires extra care because he has dementia and my mum at home with him all day – they are both elderly and both vulnerable,” she said.

“When I call them, I reinforce the latest NSW Health restrictions and updates and remind them not to go out, stay home and safe.

“They are not on social media and rely on the 11am update from the NSW Premier every day for their information.

 “They look forward to my regular calls during the day or night and sometimes mum rings me for any updates.”

WSLHD Chief Executive Graeme Loy is encouraging all community members to pick up the phone, and have a conversation.

“We need you as public health ambassadors to help our community stay up-to-date. We can’t do it without your networks and relationships,” Mr Loy said.

“Call Connect and Conquer COVID reminds us to look out for each other and do the right thing. It’s the best and quickest way we can get back to our usual activities. Please help us pass on messages to keep our community safe.”

Western Sydney Local Health District is asking everyone to get on board and support the Call Connect and Conquer COVID campaign.

For the latest health information, head to the NSW Government website.