Parkes community supporting local doctors

Dr Khin Thet and Dr Stephen Morris at the Clarinda Street Practice. Dr Thet said he loves it in Parkes and will become a part of the furniture, he plans to stay that long. The Northparkes GP Cup is an initiative of the Parkes Shire Council and Northparkes Mine formed to address the shortage of […]

The Lachlan Health Service

The new Forbes Hospital under construction. Photo reproduced with permission from Western NSW Local Health District The $113.7 million Lachlan Health Service Project is funded by the NSW Government, and includes both the planning and capital components for the Forbes and Parkes hospital redevelopments. When completed, the LHS Project will provide an enhanced health service […]

New Parkes Hospital and the Lachlan Health Service Project

Left: Oct 2015 – Local doctors and Health Service staff had a first-hand look at the new $72 million Parkes Hospital Pictured at the inpatient unit staff station are from left, Deborah Hunter (Lachlan Health Service Re-Development Project Officer/Change Manager), Dr Thet, Annie Mooy (Clinical Patient Folder Project Officer), Dr Steve Morris, Katrina Hall (Child […]

Cancer Care Western NSW

A 2006 study by the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) found there were marked deficiencies in cancer services in rural and regional areas of Australia and that the quality and availability of services directly influenced survival rates. Cancer Care Western NSW is redressing the balance through the ongoing development of Western Care Lodge in […]

Attracting regional specialists

Over the past 150 years, Orange has grown from a gold rush town with no medical services to a centre of regional medical excellence, renowned for its broad range of specialist services and providing medical care to hundreds of thousands of people across the central western region. Key to this remarkable medical evolution was, and […]

Art for health’s sake

The ‘Weaving Wellbeing’ project, installed in the Orange Base Hospital cafeteria courtyard, was designed and created through community workshops in Orange and Condobolin and features woven plants and animals with significance to Aboriginal people across the region artworks. Can art really make a difference to health outcomes in a clinical environment? Brad Hammond, curator of […]

New 24 hour emergency helicopter service for regional NSW

Image thanks to NSW Ambulance Service In one of the most significant developments in regional trauma care in years, and a collaborative coup for local communities, a new and improved emergency helicopter service based in Orange will service Central Western NSW in early 2014. The Orange Health Service is the largest rural health facility in […]

State-of-the-art aged care in Oberon

In May 2015, the much anticipated Oberon Village was officially opened – a fully accredited nursing home purpose built to suit the needs of the Oberon and neighbouring communities for their aged care residential services. The Village consists of two levels and offer 66 places that will accommodate high and low care needs, respite and secure dementia facilities. The well-appointed […]

Lithgow Rural Clinical School

Associate Professor Dr John Dearin, Head of the University of Notre Dame Lithgow Rural Clinical School, describes Lithgow as a “Learning City”. Since the opening of the Rural Clinical School in 2007, a new medical school building in 2013 and the University of Western Sydney’s University College in 2014, Lithgow’s reputation as a centre for […]

Dr John Dearin, University of Notre Dame

“Rural practice is always very interesting, never boring and professionally very satisfying. And it is local people who make it the great pleasure it is to work there.” Associate Professor Dr John Dearin, Head of the University of Notre Dame Lithgow Rural Clinical School, describes Lithgow as a “Learning City”. Since the opening of the […]

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