The region at a Glance

Central NSW includes some of most beautiful and abundant agricultural land in the country. Its communities offer attractive life and career opportunities in a region with strong economic prospects. The original custodians of the land are the Wiradjuri people, known as the people of the three rivers - the Wambool (the Macquarie River), the Kalari (the Lachlan River) and the Murrumbidjeri (the Murrumbidgee River).

Bathurst
Bathurst at a Glance

41,682 people

37 average age

$321,000 average house price

2.5 hours from Sydney

6 medical centres

1 university

27+ galleries and studios

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Blayney
Blayney at a Glance

7,409 people

$235,000 average house price

38 average age

30 minutes to Bathurst and Orange

2 National Trust heritage listed villages

1 major dam

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Canowindra
Cabonne Shire at a Glance

13,481 people

6,108 sq kms

11 classic country towns and villages

$266,750 average house price

1 International Balloon Festival

8 community health centres

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Condobolin
Lachlan Shire at a Glance

3 towns

5 villages

15,000 square kilometres

6,748 people

18ºC - 34ºC av summer temps

3ºC - 16ºC av winter temps

2 beautiful lakes

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Cowra
Cowra at a Glance

12,574 people

1 District Hospital

7 GPs

2 Sydney Harbours fit into Wyangala Dam

$225,000 average house price

1,413 local businesses

49.9% tertiary qualified

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Forbes
Forbes at a Glance

10,000+ people

1 major new medical precinct

4718 square kilometres

33km from Parkes

$215,000 average house price

15°C average winter day temp

1861 founded

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Grenfell
Weddin Shire at a Glance

3,750 people

1 historic town

3 heritage villages

$171,000 average house price

1 new Medical Centre in development

1866 established

1 Australian Legend

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Lake Cargelligo
Lachlan Shire at a Glance

3 towns

5 villages

15,000 square kilometres

6,748 people

18ºC - 34ºC av summer temps

3ºC - 16ºC av winter temps

2 beautiful lakes

Part of the Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Lithgow
Lithgow at a Glance

21,249 people

2 hours to Sydney

$256,500 average house price

$64.3m health care sector

2 beautiful lakes

1 World Heritage Area

Part of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Molong
Cabonne Shire at a Glance

13,481 people

6,108 sq kms

11 classic country towns and villages

$266,750 average house price

1 International Balloon Festival

8 community health centres

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Oberon
Oberon at a Glance

5,207 people

$263,750 average house cost

36 minutes to Bathurst

6 primary schools

20+ sport and rec clubs

1 World Heritage Area

1,113 m above sea level

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Orange
Orange at a Glance

41,431 people

36 average age

28% couples with children

$339,000 average house price

3.5 hours to Sydney

7 high schools

1 new base hospital

1 University

38 cellar doors

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Parkes
Parkes at a Glance

15,217 people

$250,000 average house price

1 Elvis Festival

3 Medical Centres

1,344 local businesses

135 clear sunny days/year

64m Radio Telescope

Part of the Western NSW Local Health District

Young
Young at a Glance

12,514 people

40 average age

10 GPs

1860s first wine grapes

$240,000 average house price

1.5 hours to Canberra

Part of the Murrumbidgee Local Health District

The Health Community

Orange is fast becoming a hub of medical and health expertise outside of Sydney. The region is experiencing a boom in medical and health based employment initatives, a growing expert knowledge-base and a hospital set to attract medical students from across the globe. Each year, Orange Health Service treats more than 27,000 people in its emergency department, delivers more than 6,000 emergency and planned surgical procedures, provides 65,000 outpatient services and assists with the birth of more than 900 babies. The new hospital and resources will mean patients can be admitted from the emergency department for the surgery more efficiently, and will improve the hospital’s overall capacity and the experience for patients.

The new General Hospital at the Orange Health Service facility, Bloomfield Campus, was opened in March 2011. In that year, more Orange City residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry. The health sector remains one of the strongest growing sectors in Orange. The new Orange Health Service has a total of 520 beds, features a state-of-the-art 300 bed general hospital 100 bed mental health unit and a 20 bed forensic mental health unit. The hospital is the medical hub for the region and is the largest rural hospital in NSW.

There is also a private hospital, and Aboriginal Medical Service, many specialists and a new private hospital approved for construction.

The Orange Health Service is a major rural referral health service providing a range of services. The Health Service has emergency services, general and specialist medical and surgical inpatient and outpatient services including interventional cardiology, maternity services, paediatric services, rehabilitation services, cancer care services, renal dialysis services and associated diagnostic services. Visiting specialists are welcomed to the region.

In 2015, there were 48 GPs and specialists living and working in Orange.

Specialities and disciplines include:

Specialities Disciplines
Anaesthesia Intensive Care
Cardiology High dependency
Dermatology Extended Care
Dentistry Dental care
Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Palliative Care
Endocrinology Geriatric
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Forensic mental health
General Pathology Rehabilitation
Haematology Mental health intensive care
Immunology & Allergy Child & Adolescence mental health
Intensive Care Medicine Surgical
Nephrology Emergency
Neurology Pharmacy
Obstetrics & Gynaecology Physiotherapy
Oncology Midwivery
Ophthalmic Surgery Aboriginal health
Ophthalmology
Orthopaedic Surgery
Paediatrics
Pain Medicine
Palliative Care Medicine
Psychiatry
Radiation Oncology
Radiology
Rehabilitation Medicine
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine
Rheumatology
Sports Medicine
Surgeon – General
Urology
Vascular Surgery  

 

Other health services include:

  • Dudley Private Hospital
  • Orange Day Surgery Centre
  • Orange Eye Hospital
  • Orange Skin Cancer specialist
  • Orange Dermatology Clinic
  • Gosling Creek Aged Care Facility

Orange is home to NSW Ambulance Service 24 Hour Aeromedical Retrieval Services. The helicopter retrieval service ensures the very best help (in Orange and Sydney) is at hand whenever anybody requires it.

To learn more about job vacancies and opportunities in the Orange Health Service, go to Western NSW Local Health District’s “Y Not Make it You” website.