Apr 18
Planning For Cobar's Health Service Continues

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) continues to work collaboratively with the Lilliane Brady Village and Cobar Shire Council to develop options for the redevelopment of the Cobar Health Service.

Ongoing discussions with all three organisations culminated at the end of last year with consultation with staff at both facilities and a community forum in which the two options for the redevelopment project were put to the Cobar community.

The option to collocate the Cobar Health Service and the Lilliane Brady Village on one site has been given resounding support from the community and staff at both the Cobar Health Service and Lilliane Brady Village.

Since then, all three organisations have been working closely together to discuss the next steps and lay out a plan in line with what the community said would be the best option for the project.

WNSWLHD’s General Manager Northern Sector, Joy Adams said the community can rest assured the planning for the new service is going at full speed.

“The planning for Cobar is unlike a lot of other health facilities we are planning across the state,” Ms Adams said.

“The complexities involved mean that planning does take time, however we need to ensure we get this right to secure the health future for Cobar.”

WNSWLHD and Health Infrastructure will continue to work collaboratively with the Lilliane Brady Village and Cobar Shire Council on the redevelopment and colocation of the Cobar Health Service and Lilliane Brady Village.

The new integrated service will provide a range of health and aged care services specific to the needs of the local Cobar community on one site, under the Multipurpose Service (MPS) model of care.

WNSWLHD and Health Infrastructure will meet with the community again in the following months to present the preliminary plans for the integration of the two services.

The Cobar health and aged care project remains a priority under the NSW MPS Capital Strategy, with construction expected to commence as early as the second half of 2017.

The MPS Program is aimed at improving access to health and aged care services in smaller rural and remote communities.

Media enquiries:Brendan Williams, Communications Manager MPS Projects, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au