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Whole community effort needed to protect Molong against COVID-19

30 November 2021

With 15 cases of COVID-19 identified in Molong in the two latest reporting periods, Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is urging the community to continue working together to halt the spread. They are the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Molong since mid-July. Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Acting Chief Executive, said the developing situation is not a reason to panic,...


26 November 2021

With more than 30 COVID-19 cases identified in Orange over the last two weeks the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) has urged the community to work together to halt the spread. WNSWLHD Executive Director, Adrian Fahy said that while the situation in Orange wasn’t cause for alarm, it was a timely reminder for everyone in the community to be...

Prevention, testing and treatment – the key to NSW HIV elimination

25 November 2021

This HIV Awareness Week, and in the lead up to World AIDS Day, Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging people across the region who are at risk of HIV to get tested. As NSW opens up, it is a good time for the community to speak to a healthcare professional about HIV testing and prevention options available to...

WNSWLHD encouraging racing fans to be COVID-safe behaviour’s driving force

25 November 2021

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging residents and racegoers to double-down on COVID-safe behaviours ahead of the upcoming Bathurst 1000 Supercars event. Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Acting Chief Executive, said thousands of locals and visitors alike are expected to visit Bathurst for the week-long event, which begins on Tuesday 30 November. “With a large number of people expected to...

Dubbo Hospital receives gold in stroke care

18 November 2021

Dubbo Hospital has been recognised by the World Stroke Organization for meeting high standards in stroke treatment and care. The Gold Status Award aims to improve global standards of treatment in stroke outcomes by setting best practice benchmarks. Dr Kate Crossley, Dubbo Hospital Neurologist, said achieving the status was a great honour, and testament to the team’s dedicated commitment to...

WNSWLHD clinician recognised with prestigious APSAD award

10 November 2021

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Senior Drug and Alcohol Clinician Lynette Bullen has been recognised through the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) 2021 Clinician Award. The Clinician Award recognises excellence and leadership in clinical practice in the field of substance abuse in any discipline, and was presented to Ms Bullen at a virtual ceremony on...

Clients blossoming in the Mayfield Gardens

08 November 2021

​Spring has sprung and members of the Bathurst Community Mental Health Drumming Group once again came together to perform at the Mayfield Gardens. Bryan Billington, Bathurst Community Mental Health Peer Worker, said, “Drumming in a group has so many benefits. It’s about connection, inclusion, participation, respect and acceptance. “This is the first time the group has met together since the...

Orange Health Service recognises link between healing Country and healing people at NAIDOC celebration

04 November 2021

​The Orange Hospital community celebrated the culture and history of Australia’s First Nations people at a special event on Thursday 4 November, in line with this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Heal Country’. The ‘Heal Country’ theme calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, maintain and embrace all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and knowledge. Catherine Nowlan, Orange...

Visitor restrictions remain in place at WNSWLHD facilities

03 November 2021

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Chief Executive Scott McLachlan has reminded communities that visitor restrictions remain in place across all of the District’s facilities. Mr McLachlan said while COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease across the state, visitor limitations need to stay in place at WNSWLHD Hospitals and Multipurpose Services (MPS) as a precaution. “Our facilities remain at what we...