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Challenge yourself. Make an impact. Shape the future.

In Western NSW Local Health District you can have BOTH the career and the lifestyle you choose!

Rural Lifestyle | Cultured & connected communities

 Supportive workplace to extend your skills

Direct flights to Eastern Seaboard capital cities

We’re not like any other health district. With us, you’ll experience a broad range of interesting and challenging scenarios, bringing your purpose to life, broadening your scope and providing a fast track pathway for your career.

We host the largest rural mental health service in Australia, three major rural referral hospitals in Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst, procedural hospitals at Mudgee, Cowra, Parkes and Forbes, 50 primary and community health centres and 38 inpatient facilities including 25 Multipurpose services.

Many people join us to be a part of shaping the future of rural health – sometimes it will be hard, other times demanding, but we promise it will always be extremely rewarding.  So, if you are up for the challenge, driven to make an impact and want to make your mark, we could be just what you are looking for.

A large LHD … close to all you need

In our district you can choose to live in a large regional city, a quaint village or on acres to spread out. Cafe culture is metro standard, our restaurant scene reflects the quality of the produce grown here and our communities are diverse and forward thinking.

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A supportive, knowledgeable team


Leisure time includes visiting wineries, art galleries and live theatre, outdoor adventures in National Parks, fishing, cycling, horse riding and lots and lots of team sport. There are many interest and service groups you could join with open and friendly communities that are really happy that you are here.  From productive farming country to the dry red outback – our district covers it all and furnishes a very enviable lifestyle.


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Great Places to live:

Our region offers a range of lifestyles from regional cities to small villages, lifestyle acreage to funky CBD pads. We’re right into our team sport, cycling, triathlons, equestrian, off road pursuits, camping, bushwalking and swimming. We grow some of the best produce in Australia, make award winning wines, boutique beers and spirits and hold many a festival to celebrate. You’ll find a vibrant local arts and theatre scene, outdoor cinema, regional art galleries of note and enviable event calendars. We are a growing district and welcome professionals from all over the world who move here for the large industries that support our economies – from mining to agriculture, solar to rail, manufacturing to transport, education to government agency head office. 11% of our population identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and we welcome refugees to our diverse and liberal communities. Click on the images below to get a feel for where you can make your home.


Easy access

We are serviced by several direct flights a day from Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange, Parkes & Mudgee to Sydney and daily direct flights to Melbourne and Brisbane from Dubbo and Orange.

It’s a three hour drive to Sydney and Canberra from Bathurst, 3.5 hours from Orange and 5 hours from Dubbo to Sydney.  Download the driving/flying time map of our region here.

Rural JMO Experience Psychiatry

With the largest rural mental health service in Australia, we are great place to start your career

Rural JMO Experience Emergency

Dubbo Hospital is a highly sought after place to begin a career in Emergency

The JMO Experience In Western NSW

Our co-hort of JMOs share their thoughts on starting out in their career in Medicine with us.

GP VMO – Rural & Remote

The GP VMO experience - practice rural medicine AND have an enviable lifestyle. No 24/7 on call!