In an emergency, always call triple zero (000). It’s a free call from any phone, mobile or phone box.

For other urgent medical issues, go to an Emergency Department.

Our Emergency Departments are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

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The Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service (AMIHS) is a free, confidential community based Aboriginal service providing pregnancy care and early parenting support. Your local AMIHS Service is for all Aboriginal families, including dads, mums and babies.

An Aboriginal Health Worker and Midwife will help you during your pregnancy, through to eight weeks after the birth of your baby.

AMIHS provides:

  • Regular pregnancy checks for you
  • Home visits and help with transport for appointments
  • Organising doctors and other pregnancy specialists’ appointments
  • Referral and support to access other health and support services
  • Hospital and tours of the birthing unit
  • Education on staying healthy in pregnancy
  • Education about getting ready for labour and birth
  • Help to prepare you to become a parent

After the birth of your baby, AMIHS can help with:

  • Health checks for you and your baby
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Parenting help
  • Immunisations
  • Family planning and information about contraception
  • Support to access the Child and Family Health Nurse at your local Aboriginal Medical Service or your Community Health Service for ongoing care of your baby.

There are AMIHS workers throughout the Northern NSW Local Health District area. You can refer yourself or someone in your family, your GP or a doctor or midwife at the hospital can call for you. Call the AMIHS service you have chosen on the phone numbers below:

Lismore AMIHS

Servicing: Lismore, Goonellabah, Box Ridge and Coraki

Aboriginal Health Worker: Tahlia Brice

Midwife: Danielle Torrens 

Ph: (02) 6620 7559
Fax: (02) 6620 2610

Ballina AMIHS

Servicing: Ballina, Cabbage Tree Island, Evans Head, Woodburn and Byron Bay

Aboriginal Health Worker: Carmel Kapeen

Midwife: Bree Forsyth

Ph: (02) 6620 6136
Fax: (02) 6686 0187

Casino AMIHS

Servicing: Casino, Tabulam and Bonalbo

Aboriginal Health Worker: Justine Irving

Midwife: Jessica Simms

Ph: (02) 6662 4444
Fax: (02) 6662 4013

Clarence Valley AMIHS

Servicing: Grafton, Maclean, Yamba, Iluka

Aboriginal Health Workers: Larisa Johnston and Teaghan Flick

Ph: 0428 274 658

Midwives: Laurel Moore and Erica O’Brien

Ph04 0233 6580
Fax (02) 6641 8718

Kyogle AMIHS

Servicing: Kyogle, Muli Muli, Woodenbong, Urbenville and Nimbin

Aboriginal Health Worker: Justine Irving

Midwife: Libby Lamb

Ph: (02) 6630 0488
Fax: (02) 6632 1699

Things that can help mothers


Having a baby means big changes in your life and the Strong Women Strong Babies Pregnancy Diary gives you information on how to look after yourself and your baby during pregnancy and after the birth.

Ask your midwife or doctor for a copy of your free, Strong Women Strong Babies’ Pregnancy Diary. It shows what to expect in labour and birth, and how to make informed decisions about your care. 

You can use the diary to record your thoughts and feelings about your pregnancy, record your appointments, and any questions that you may have for your midwife or doctor. 

A downloadable print version of the diary is also available here