Jan 21
WNSWLHD welcomes new junior doctors for 2020
​The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) officially welcomed its 2020 intake of new medical recruits today.

The interns have been selected through NSW Health's Rural Preferential Recruitment program, co-ordinated by Health Education and Training Institute (HETI).

WNSWLHD Executive Director of Medical Services, Dr Clayton Spencer said that places within the District were in high demand.

“This year's cohort of 28 junior doctors is the largest ever number of interns recruited for WNSWLHD."

“It’s great to see the interest that new doctors have in starting their careers in our District, taking advantage of the hospital’s facilities and specialist medical expertise," Dr Spencer said.

“At the same time, they will get first-hand experience of the advantages that come from living and working in western NSW.”

Interns have been appointed at Dubbo and Orange hospitals, where they will complete two years of training across a range of clinical specialties. 

“At the completion of the two year residency program, many of these doctors will go on to undertake specialty training."

“We are all looking forward to working with our new junior doctors and hope that many of them will choose rural practice within our communities and into the future."



Jan 20
New Midwifery service for Trangie and Warren
​Exciting news for expecting mothers in the Trangie and Warren areas, with a new midwifery service starting this year.

Trangie and Warren Health Service Manager, Sharon Ryan said, “The new service is starting at both Multi Purpose Services and will provide antenatal and postnatal care services to local mothers and families in February”.

“The new service will operate regularly providing services in Warren 3 weeks a month, and Trangie 1 week a month. Care for women will be provided through the Rural Maternity Service and Dubbo Antenatal Clinic.

This service will work in partnership with other Health Service’s and provide support for women who chose to birth outside of Dubbo”. Sharon said. 

Women wanting to see the Rural Maternity Service in Warren or Trangie for their care can contact Warren Hospital on 6847 5400 to organise an appointment.   

Warren and Trangie Multipurpose Service will remain a non-birthing facility through this change in service.  


Jan 20
New Midwifery service for Narromine
​Exciting news for expecting mothers in the Narromine area, with a new midwifery service starting this year.

Narromine Health Service Manager, Julie Kirk said, “The new service will provide antenatal and postnatal care services to local mothers and families in February”.

“The new service will work closely with the existing Aboriginal and Maternal Infant Health Service (AMIHS) to support women in Narromine.  

The service will operate weekly, offering care for women through the Rural Maternity Service and Dubbo Antenatal Clinic.

This service will work in partnership with other Health Service’s and provide support for women who chose to birth outside of Dubbo”. Julie said. 

Women wanting to see the Rural Maternity Service in Narromine for their care can contact the midwife on 0437 004 918 to organise an appointment.   

Narromine Health Service will remain a non-birthing facility through this change in service.  


Jan 16
Cobar, check out your new health service
​The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is inviting the community to a sneak peek of the new Cobar Health Service before it opens on 30 January. 

Mary Urquhart, Health Service Manager at the Cobar Health Service, said a community walk through is being held on Thursday 23 January from 10-11am.

“We are very excited to let the community in to check out our fantastic new facility, before we officially open the doors,” Ms Urquhart said.

“This much-anticipated upgrade will allow us to continue to provide the best quality healthcare to the community now and into the future.

“The walk-through will give the community a chance to get to know the layout and design of the new facility. Maps and a brochure on the new health service will also be available.”

The new Cobar Health Service brings emergency, medical imaging, dialysis and more community health services under the one roof. The redevelopment also provides the community with an additional 10 residential aged care rooms as part of the Lilliane Brady Village extension, and an Aboriginal courtyard to support healing.

The car park and main entrance to the Cobar Health Service are located off Woodiwiss Avenue. Additional car parking will be available for the walk-through event in the old Community Health building carpark

“A big thank you to the community for your involvement in the redevelopment project, from participating in working groups, developing local art and supporting the process over the past four years,” Ms Urquhart said.

“It’s very exciting to see the finished product and have a brand new facility here in Cobar.”  

The new Cobar Health Service redevelopment project is part of the NSW-wide $305 million program of works to upgrade or build multipurpose facilities in rural and regional areas.


Jan 16
Brewarrina, a test that could save a life

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging all women aged between 25 and 74 years of age that are and have been sexually active, to visit the cervical screening pop in clinic at Brewarrina on Tuesday 4th February until Thursday 6th February 2020.

The Cervical Screening test replaced the Pap test. The aim of cervical screening is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer, by finding the condition that causes it, Human Papillomavirus or HPV. 

WNSWLHD Women’s Health Nurse Jane O’Connor, said, “Around 80% of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer had never been screened, or were not up-to-date with their screening.”

“This is why it is so important that all eligible women have a cervical screening test.”

The cervical screening pop up clinic will be operating alongside the Breast screen van in Brewarrina.  

“By finding HPV at an early stage, cervical cancer can be prevented”

“Some women will find out that they have HPV with or without abnormal cells in their cervix. Depending on the type of HPV and the cells changes, they will have further tests, or may have another screen in twelve months.”


“For most women, without the HPV infection they won’t need their next screening test for five years.” Jane said.

Brewarrina Health Service Manager Heather Finlayson, said, “As a Health Service it is great for our communities to have access to both the Breastscreen van and Cervical Screening pop in clinic to visit our town”.  

“This is a perfect opportunity for women to get all their test done in one location.”  Heather said.

If you would like to find out more about the Cervical Screening pop in clinics please contact Alexis Redmond, Brewarrina Hospital, Brewarrina 68305000


Jan 10
A test that could save a life

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging all women aged between 25 and 74 years of age that are and have been sexually active, to visit the cervical screening pop in clinic at Nyngan on the 15th and 21st January 2020.

The Cervical Screening test replaced the Pap test. The aim of cervical screening is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer, by finding the condition that causes it, Human Papillomavirus or HPV. 

WNSWLHD Women’s Health Nurse Ashley Phillips, said, “Around 80% of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer had never been screened, or were not up-to-date with their screening.”

“This is why it is so important that all eligible women have a cervical screening test.”

The cervical screening pop up clinic will be operating alongside the Breast screen van in Nyngan. 

“By finding HPV at an early stage, cervical cancer can be prevented”

“Some women will find out that they have HPV with or without abnormal cells in their cervix. Depending on the type of HPV and the cells changes, they will have further tests, or may have another screen in twelve months.”


“For most women, without the HPV infection they won’t need their next screening test for five years.” Ashley said.

Nyngan Health Service Manager Jenny Griffiths, said, “As a Health Service it is great for our communities to have access to both the Breastscreen van and Cervical Screening pop in clinic to visit our town”.  

“This is a perfect opportunity for women to get all their test done in one location.”  Jenny said.

If you would like to find out more about the Cervical Screening pop in clinics please contact Ashley on 6809 8626. 


Jan 08
Orange Nursing Scholarship Success

Orange Health Service Bloomfield Campus welcomes seven new Enrolled Nurses (EN’s). 

The recruits have completed their Enrolled Nursing training and will be working within the General Hospital and Mental Health wards across the Bloomfield campus. 

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Nursing Workforce Manager, Jackie Corliss said, “Under the scholarship the seven Enrolled Nurses will start in January and will be in these positions for the next 12 months”.

“The NSW Health Enrolled Scholarship program is a continuing initiative designed to support the development of the Enrolled Nurse workforce”. 

“These seven positions will benefit the nursing workforce at both the general and mental health facilities on the Bloomfield campus”. 

The program is jointly funded by Training Services NSW’s Smart and Skilled program and is delivered in partnership by NSW Health, Tafe NSW, and NSW Health Registered Training Organisation. 

“These positions are offered in every facility across the WNSWLHD, where there are Enrolled Nurse vacancies”. Jackie said. 

Applications for the 2020 scholarships open on 14 January and close on 19 February. 

To apply applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, live in NSW, meet English language skill standards and provide evidence of High School Certificate completion, Certificate III qualification or equivalent. 

For more information got to the NSW Health website​



Jan 07
Last chance to have your say on the Bathurst Clinical Service Plan

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging local communities to comment on a draft Clinical Services Plan that will drive the development of health services, before it closes this Friday, 10 January. 

Director of WNSWLHD’s Health Intelligence Unit, Maryanne Hawthorn, said the draft plan is based on a detailed analysis of the current and future health needs of people living in Bathurst and surrounding communities.

“The Clinical Services Plan looks at the community’s evolving needs and how services could best be configured in the next 10 years to respond to those needs,” Ms Hawthorn said. 

“Our process has clearly identified some important and emerging issues for the Bathurst region. 

“We have a population that is growing but also ageing, and there is an increase in chronic diseases. We have several vulnerable populations, including Aboriginal people, people in prison, and people with disabilities. Among young people, there is an increasing number who are also considered vulnerable. 

“Addressing these issues will mean developing hospital services and looking at how we can work together to keep people healthy and out of hospital. 

“This can include encouraging healthier lifestyles and finding better ways to manage chronic conditions in the community through provision of hospital-like care at home, clinic-based services and using technology to monitor health conditions and improve access to health services.

“Strengthening partnerships with other organisations such as local government, non-government service providers and the community itself will also have a positive impact on health outcomes.”

A summary of the draft Clinical Services Plan is available on the WNSWLHD website at www.wnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au. A direct link to the Have Your Say page is at https://bit.ly/33OCZVQ ​ 

The budget for the Bathurst Health Service in 2019/20 is more than $80.6 million. 



Dec 17
Public urged to take precautions during extreme heatwave

The Western NSW Local Health District is reminding people to be cautious during the extreme heatwave conditions that are forecast across the region for the rest of the week.

Western NSW Local Health District Manager Health Protection, Ms Priscilla Stanley, urged people to stay indoors during the heat of the day, minimise physical activity and keep hydrated during the heatwave.
Ms Stanley said temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius was expected for much of the state up to Saturday.
“I’d encourage everyone to take the risk of heat related illness seriously,” said Ms Stanley. “We know that conditions like these can cause severe illness, hospital admission and even deaths.”
“Heat puts a lot of strain on the body and can cause dehydration, heat stress and heat stroke. It can also make underlying health conditions worse.

“People over 75, people with chronic medical conditions and people who live alone are particularly vulnerable.”

She said simple precautions can reduce the risk of heat-related illness.

“It’s best to try and avoid the heat of the day by staying indoors. If you don’t have air conditioning, using a fan and keeping curtains shut can help to keep you cool. It’s also important to minimise physical activity and to drink plenty of water.

“It’s also really important to stay in regular contact with elderly neighbours, friends and relatives because they may be more vulnerable to the heat.

“Signs of heat-related illness include dizziness, tiredness, irritability, thirst, fainting, muscle pains or cramps, headache, changes in skin colour, rapid pulse, shallow breathing, vomiting and confusion.”

Ms Stanley said it’s important to get to a cool place quickly if symptoms occur. People showing severe signs of heat-related illness should seek urgent medical attention, in an emergency situation call Triple Zero (000).

More information can be found at the NSW Health website:  www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat​​ 


Dec 17
Syphilis on the increase

NSW Health is encouraging sexually active people to see their doctor for a sexual health checkup following a major increase in infectious syphilis in Mildura in Victoria, which borders Far West Local Health District. 

Victoria have reported 22 cases of infectious syphilis in Mildura between January and early November 2019, compared to 11 cases at the same time in 2018. Of those 22 cases, 15 were in women – a higher proportion than expected.

Western NSW Local Health District Sexual Health Nurse, Kim Grant, is encouraging people to talk to their GP or sexual health service, and to get tested and seek treatment as needed.

“In Western NSW LHD, there were six notifications of infectious syphilis to the end of November 2019, which is stable compared to eight notifications in the whole of 2018 and eleven notifications in 2017. However, in light of the recent increases in Mildura and the easy spread of syphilis though unprotected sex, there is a real risk of syphilis affecting an increasing number of people here if we are not careful.”

Syphilis is a sexually transmissible infection (STI) that is easily curable. Similar to other STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, people with syphilis do not always have symptoms. Therefore, regular STI check-ups are needed to avoid passing the infection on to other people and to avoid long-term health consequences. 

“Although men continue to account for the majority of syphilis infections in NSW, the number of cases in women has risen considerably.” 

Testing is particularly important early in pregnancy, as pregnant women with untreated syphilis can pass the infection on to their unborn baby, which drastically increases the risk of stillbirth, premature birth, and life-long disability. 

Confidential STI testing is available from your GP or local sexual health clinic. 

For sexual health support and information, call the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 (Mon - Fri 9am-5.30pm), go to https://www.shil.nsw.gov.au, or visit NSW Health’s Play Safe website at https://playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au


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