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WNSWLHD’S COVID-19 updates to focus on hospital numbers and most important information

23 January 2022

​From Monday 24 January, the daily COVID-19 update provided by Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) will begin to focus less on daily number of new cases identified and more on the impact on health facilities and frontline staff as well as vaccination rates, including booster shots. Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Chief Executive, said, ”Changes will be made progressively over the...

WNSWLHD urging communities to count the COVID-19 numbers that count

21 January 2022

Mark Spittal, Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Chief Executive, is urging the region’s residents to consider, and play their role to help minimise, the impact of COVID-19 on health services. “The number of people that we know have COVID-19 should not be the measure people use to assess the risk they, and their community, face,” Mr Spittal said. “Far...

Don’t wait, book your vaccination booster appointment now

20 January 2022

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is urging everyone in the region to book an appointment for their booster as soon as possible, with demand expected to increase as the approved interval from the second dose of COVID-19 vaccination reduces to three months. Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Chief Executive, said the reduced interval means that most people who received their vaccinations...

Take precautions to protect against mosquito-borne disease

19 January 2022

Due to recent heavy rains and flooding, Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is urging people to take extra precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites, and acquiring mosquito-borne disease. Jenni Floyd, WNSWLHD Acting Director of Public Health, said it is important for people to vigilant about protecting themselves, particularly after recent rain and floods have led to an increase...

Planning team in place for Dubbo Drug and Alcohol Residential Rehab

18 January 2022

A drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation service in Dubbo is a step closer with a planning team in place, and more focused consultation with the community and stakeholders slated to begin in early 2022. Last year, the NSW and Australian Governments made a $5 million commitment to build the new centre on land provided by Dubbo Regional Council. A NSW...

COVID-19 vaccination for children kicking off next week

08 January 2022

​Children aged between five and 11 years old will start to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from this week, with parents urged to make a booking as soon as possible. The bulk of the children’s vaccination program will be delivered through general practitioners and pharmacies, with Aboriginal Medical Services and Western NSW Local Health District’s (WNSWLHD) vaccination hubs and mobile clinics also...