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Keppel Street goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

30 September 2022

With more than 250 women expected to be diagnosed in Western NSW Local Health District with breast cancer this year, BreastScreen NSW are urging eligible women this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to book their free breast screen. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in NSW, with one in seven being diagnosed in their lifetime. Professor Tracey O’Brien,...

Outstanding achievements recognised at WNSWLHD Awards

29 September 2022

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) celebrated its annual Awards and Gala Dinner at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday night. Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Chief Executive, said the Awards provided a chance to celebrate the work and success of the teams and health professionals from right across the district amid another demanding year. “This year presented new...

Expanded access to JE vaccine

14 September 2022

NSW is further expanding free access to Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccine to Wentworth, Balranald and regional Dubbo residents to protect those most at risk. A new seroprevalence survey by NSW Health found that one in 11 people who took part showed evidence of previous infection. In addition to the current group of people who work with pigs or mosquito or...

Western NSW benefits from health service integration

13 September 2022

Residents across Western NSW are set to benefit from the integration of Dubbo’s Lourdes Hospital and Bathurst’s St Vincent’s Outreach Services into Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) operations. The services have been operated by Catholic Healthcare (CHL) and funded by WNSWLHD since 2011. Under the new agreement, the services will be integrated into the WNSWLHD’s structure from Monday 3...

WNSWLHD appoints first Chief Medical Officer

12 September 2022

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is delighted to announce the appointment of its first Chief Medical Officer (CMO), with Professor Mark Arnold set to begin in the new role in January 2023. Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Chief Executive, said Professor Arnold’s appointment is an exciting milestone in the ongoing development of the LHD’s clinical workforce and the care it provides....

Community Health in Canowindra and Eugowra – playing a key role in prevention and out-of-hospital care

02 September 2022

Community Health is an integral part of Canowindra and Eugowra Health Services. Canowindra Community Health Manager, Ash Wright, said “Community Health supports patients in the community and promotes healthy living. It provides a range of primary and community-based health services, including speech pathology, physiotherapy, fitness rehabilitation, social work, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, community nursing and child and family health”....

WNSWLHD leading the way with Net Zero Programs

29 August 2022

Two projects from the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) have been selected as part of the NSW Health, Climate Risk and Net Zero Unit, Net Zero Leads program. The Program supports existing staff to embed net zero principles into the delivery of care across their network. WNSWLHD Director of Corporate Service, Jeff Morrissey said, “Only 10 project leads have...

GP surgical clinic improving access to care for Lachlan Valley communities

25 August 2022

Communities across the Lachlan Valley will benefit from improved access to high-quality surgical care, following the re-establishment of a Rural Generalist Surgical Clinic at Parkes Hospital The reinvigorated clinic is being delivered by Dr Angus Brown, a Rural Generalist with advanced skills in General Surgery, Endoscopy and Emergency Medicine, and offers pre and post-operative care for a range of procedures....

Cowra Hospital Auxiliary provides vital equipment

22 August 2022

Cowra Health Service is now able to provide minor Urology surgery, thanks to the donation from the Cowra Hospital Auxiliary. Cowra Health Service Manager, Pauline Rowston, said, “We are so grateful to the Cowra Hospital Auxiliary for the donation. For the first time Cowra Health Service can provide urology surgery services. This is a great addition to our services for...

Lachlan Health Service welcomes students with open arms

16 August 2022

Health-focused students from regional areas gained valuable insight from experienced clinicians during a visit to Parkes Hospital recently, supporting their studies and growth in a rural healthcare setting. Seven students across a range of disciplines, including medicine, nursing and allied health, from Charles Sturt University and the University of Wollongong took part, along with two work experience students from Parkes...