PFAS Community Support Program
The Australian Government will provide free blood testing for PFAS (Per- and Poly- fluoroalkyl Substances) until 30 June 2019. The free voluntary test is for people who live or work, or who have lived or worked, in the RAAF Base Tindal Investigation area and who may have been in contact with PFAS.
Am I eligible for a PFAS blood test?
The Australian Government will fund one voluntary PFAS blood test for anyone who lives or works, or has lived or worked, in the RAAF Base Tindal Investigation Area. This includes people who have moved interstate or to other parts of the NT.
To get a free blood test, you will need to visit your GP and sign a form (Statutory Declaration). This Statutory Declaration will confirm that you currently live or work, or have previously lived or worked, in one of the Investigation Areas.
Before you have the blood test, the GP will give you information. After the blood test they will talk with you about the results.
The blood test is:
- private and free of charge
- available to adults and children
- available from Gorge Health or Wurli-Wurlinjang in Katherine, or from your local GP if you have moved.
You can also access two free counselling sessions at Gorge Health or Wurli-Wurlinjang.
What can I do if I feel worried or stressed about PFAS?
Some Katherine residents may feel angry, anxious, fearful, sad or confused. There is no wrong or right way to respond and all these responses are perfectly normal when faced with major life stressors.
Stress and these types of feelings can have a long-term negative effect on physical and mental health. We know that strong social connections and communities go a long way in supporting health and wellbeing in difficult times. When entire communities are affected by high levels of stress, people can feel isolated and unable to rely on their traditional supports, due to not wanting to add to the stress of others.
If you would like to talk with somebody, there is counselling available.
The counselling is:
- free and private;
- suitable for adults and families;
- available with both male or female counsellors.
Who can I talk to?
You can request a counselling appointment from one of the providers below.
Zoe Collins Psychology
t 0473 010 904
a Blue Sky Therapies, 19 Heron Crescent, Katherine 0850
t 08 8941 1752
a Katherine Regional Training Centre, Block F room 3, 19 Second Street, Katherine 0850
If you need a translator, please let your counsellor or GP know.
Northern Territory PHN does not receive, collect or collate any data about patients or their PFAS test results as part of this program .
If you have any questions about blood tests or counselling, please contact: