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Work with us in Mental Health, Drug & ​​Alcohol​​

The Western NSW Local Health District’s Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol program (MHDA) has undergone significant growth in funding over the last 8-10 years. It has developed, and is continuing to develop a suite of specialty/sub-specialty service models across the spectrum of care from promotion, p​revention and early intervention programs, to community assertive treatment and community residential rehabilitation, through to tertiary inpatient care. With a workforce comprising over 700 staff, it offers a comprehensive range of services for people of all ages with a mental illness and/or drug and alcohol related problems, and their families – from children and young people, to adults and older people.

Community Mental Health Services are offered to all localities in the Western NSW Local Health District catchment area from the main community MHDA sites located at Bathurst, Bourke, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Lightning Ridge, Mudgee, Orange and Parkes. Services range from community recovery and rehabilitation programs to extended hours community acute and emergency care.

The main tertiary inpatient hub is located on the Bloomfield Campus of Orange Health Service. It provides state-wide, supra-district and district-wide inpatient services which include a child and adolescent unit, a state-wide forensic rehabilitation unit, a mental health intensive care unit, adult acute unit, older persons acute unit, and a range of non-acute state-wide and district inpatient units for adults and older people. There are also adult acute mental health inpatient units co-located at Bathurst Health Service and Dubbo Health Service.

The District’s Drug and Alcohol (D&A) program include a D&A helpline, D&A counselling services, Opioid Treatment Programs, Cannabis Clinic, D&A consultation/liaison services and Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) programs. It also includes one of NSW's two new Involuntary Drug & Alcohol Treatment Units (IDAT) on the Bloomfield Campus.

In 2013/14 the District commissioned an independent review of its MHDA services, which over the next three to five years will see the continued growth of contemporary models of care, particularly in the community. This makes it an exciting time for health professionals to join us as we diversify and grow.

We encourage initiative and innovative thinking by all members of staff, and as a result, our services are consistently awarded and acknowledged at District, state, and n​ational levels.​​​