Far West LHD hosts Renal Supportive Care Symposium

The Far West Local Health District’s Renal Services, Palliative Care and Chronic and Complex Care Services are holding the Better Value Healthcare Renal Supportive Care Symposium on 15-16 June in ...

New Chair for Far West LHD Board

Former Deputy Premier of NSW, Andrew Refshauge, has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Far West NSW Local Health District. Dr Refshauge, who is Chairman of CareFlight, the ...

National Palliative Care Week 2017

NATIONAL PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK 21-28 May 2017 National Palliative Care week is 21-28 May, and the theme is ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’. For ...

Far West LHD Nurse of the Year Awards for 2017

The Far West Local Health District has acknowledged exceptional performance amongst its nursing staff by presenting 12 individual nurse awards and one nursing team award for 2017. The awards were ...

Tai Chi Information Day

The extremely popular Tai Chi program run by the Far West Local Health District is scheduled to recommence in early April. Information sessions to explain all about Tai Chi and ...

Far West LHD promoting April Falls Day

The Far West Local Health District is promoting April Falls Day (3 April) this year under the theme ‘Moving right to stay upright’. Mobility and falls prevention is everyone’s business ...

Pancakes for a Good Cause

Pancake Day at BH Hospital on Tuesday, 28 February Community members and hospital staff are invited to come to the Broken Hill Hospital to celebrate Pancake Day and assist in ...

Twenty new nurses welcomed to the Far West LHD

The Far West LHD has welcomed 20 new Registered Nurses (RN) and a Registered Midwife (RM) to its Nursing & Midwifery workforce for 2017. The (19) Registered Nurses and (1) ...

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program classes restart for 2017

The Far West LHD has recommenced its Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation education/exercise classes for 2017. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that assists individuals who are recovering from heart and lung ...

Cancer Care Café returns for 2017

The Public Trustee office will be the guest speaker for the Cancer Care Café which will be held at the Thyme on Argent (next to the Demo Club in Argent ...

New Laser to treat eye patients locally

Local eye patients will have access to the most modern form of treatment for glaucoma with a new laser being installed in the Broken Hill Health Service. A $72,000 Selective ...

Connections Project

The Far West Local Health District, GROW and Mission Australia are pleased to announce a new project in the Broken Hill area called ‘Connections’ which is all about helping people ...

Broken Hill Hospital Early Pregnancy Assessment Service

The Broken Hill Health Service is launching an Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) for women experiencing complications in early pregnancy. “The EPAS clinic is a discrete service which will provide ...

Far West LHD Board 2015 Annual Public Meeting

The Annual Public Meeting of the Far West Local Health District Board will be held on Monday, 12 December 2016. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to ...

2015 Lead health program annual report released

Blood lead levels for all children and Aboriginal children in Broken Hill rose slightly in 2015 but screening participation is still high and children aged between 1 and 5 remain ...

Tips on coping with Christmas

Tips on Coping with Christmas  Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) Coordinators are urging communities to think about ways to manage and cope with challenges in the lead up to ...

Cancer Care Cafe monthly meeting

Wednesday, 16 November What happens when a Santa, a Dietician, and a Cancer Care Nurse walk into a café? Find out on Wednesday 16th November at the Cancer Care Café ...

World Diabetes Day 2016

Free diabetes screening and information stall in Hospital foyer The Far West Local Health District is urging everyone to keep ‘Eyes on Diabetes’ as part of World Diabetes Day (WDD) ...

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action 2016

This week is the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action and theme this year is ‘Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future’. The Child & Family Health Centre’s ‘Lead ...

Transforming the landscape in end-of-life care

NSW Government reforms have significantly increased the choices available to people facing the end of their lives, Health Minister Jillian Skinner told the Palliative Care NSW State Conference in Broken ...

Revealed – New look Broken Hill Health Service

Health Minister Jillian Skinner today unveiled the schematic design for the $30 million Broken Hill Health Service Redevelopment. The $30 million project will include the upgrade of Broken Hill Hospital ...

Mental Health Month – October – Learn and Grow

  October is Mental Health Month and the health service is encouraging people and communities to learn more about mental health for their wellbeing. According to the World Health Organisation ...

New Glove Box Guide to Mental Health

New 2016 Glove Box Guide coming soon Far West residents are being encouraged to think about how they service their minds in the lead up to the launch of this ...

Dementia Awareness Month – You are not alone

Display stall for information and advice in hospital on Friday, 23 September The Far West Local Health District wants to help focus attention on dementia and raise awareness of the ...

Far West LHD supports Women’s Health Week 2016

Women’s Health Week helps you answer the question ‘Am I normal?’ Women’s health specialists from Far West Local Health District will be encouraging women to “get the elephant out of ...

World Breastfeeding Week (1–7 August 2016)

The Broken Hill Maternity Unit at the hospital will be joining the world as it recognises the importance of breastfeeding by celebrating World Breastfeeding Week from 1 – 7 August ...

Tai Chi Information Day

The extremely popular Tai Chi program run by the Far West Local Health District has recommenced classes and an information/registration day is being held for interested newcomers. Classes will be ...

Broken Hill Midwifery Group Practice turns one!

The Broken Hill Midwifery Group Practice (BHMGP) at the Broken Hill Hospital Maternity Unit will celebrate its first birthday on Friday, 1 July 2016. The Maternity Unit will be celebrating ...

Far West LHD supports Kidney Health Week 2016

Information and Kidney Health check stall in hospital foyer on Thursday, 26 May The Far West Local Health District is getting behind Kidney Health Week (May 22– 28), Kidney Health Australia’s ...

Far West LHD Nurse of the Year Awards for 2016

The Far West Local Health District has acknowledged exceptional performance amongst its nursing staff by presenting four individual nurse awards and one nursing team award for 2016. The awards were ...

Menindee Health Service Open Day

The Menindee Health Service is opening its doors to the public tomorrow (Tuesday, 12 April) to celebrate its 10th anniversary since it opened in its current premises. The Open Day ...

Happiness Day at Hospital

The health benefits of being happy will be promoted at the Broken Hill hospital when International Day of Happiness is celebrated on Tuesday, 15 March. The celebration will be held ...

Tai Chi Information Day

The extremely popular free Tai Chi program run by the Far West Local Health District is scheduled to recommence in early March. Two information sessions to explain all about Tai ...

Far West LHD clinical leaders graduate from CEC program

Denise McCallum and Kelly Dart from Far West LHD were among 35 senior clinicians to graduate the Clinical Excellence Commission’s (CEC) Executive Clinical Leadership Program on Friday, 12 February 2016. ...

Health reminder: Heatwave in Far West NSW

High temperatures are expected during the coming week in rural NSW. Western and Far Western NSW Local Health Districts are urging residents to follow some simple precautions to beat the ...

Cancer Network surpasses annual fundraising goal

The Broken Hill and District Community Cancer Network (BHDCCN) has surpassed its annual fundraising goal thanks to a fantastic effort by the North Football Club and its supporters. The Cancer ...

Ivanhoe HealthOne officially opened

Ivanhoe’s redeveloped HealthOne facility was officially opened today by Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health and Western NSW Sarah Mitchell and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries. The $2.5 million ...

New Cancer Carers Education Program

A new education program for carers of people diagnosed with cancer is being offered in Broken Hill by the Far West LHD. The diagnosis of cancer and the following treatment ...

Show you Care – Carers Week

This week is National Carers Week and there are many people who provide support to someone with a mental illness, disability, chronic illness or who is frail and aged. They ...

NSW Health warns to be aware of gastro outbreaks

Priscilla Stanley, Coordinator Communicable Diseases in Far West Local health District (LHD) is warning the peak of the viral gastroenteritis season is approaching, with recent increases in cases in the ...

Far West LHD – Health Councillors Forum

Health Council members will network and exchange ideas on how to improve health services across the Far West when they meet in Broken Hill this week to attend the Far ...

Stress Reduction in Cancer – free classes

The diagnosis of cancer and the following treatment journey can be confusing and at times, overwhelming for the person who has cancer, their carers and family. The Broken Hill Hospital’s ...

Free Aqua Leader training – volunteers wanted

Free Aqua Leader training is again being offered to train Local Health District staff, community workers and volunteers as Aqua Fitness Leaders. The workshops will be run at the Mildura ...

E-cigarette ban takes effect in NSW

New laws banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to children come into effect in NSW today. The Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 was amended in June, creating ...

Far West LHD supports World Breastfeeding Week

The Far West Local Health District is supporting World Breastfeeding week which is celebrated annually from 1-7 August. This year the theme is “Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s make it Work” ...

Far West LHD Health Innovation Awards winners for 2015

Mental Health Community Concerts wins the Health Innovation award A project representing a major innovation in connecting rural and remote communities and providing access to health information has won the ...

RHUBI Promotional Road Show coming to your town!

Finding information about clinics and health specialists visiting your town can sometimes be difficult but that’s been made easier with a new online resource called RHUBI (Remote Health Unit Business ...

Popular Tai Chi for Health Program restarts

The extremely popular Far West Local Health District’s Tai Chi for Health program will recommence on Wednesday 24th June at 10am at South Broken Hill Golf Club. Tai Chi can ...

BH Miners Baseball support local cancer patients

The BH Miners Baseball Club has once more supported local cancer patients following a successful Masters Baseball Tournament held here over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend. The club has given $1,336.00 ...

Cuddle Cot donated to Maternity Unit

The Broken Hill Maternity Unit has gratefully accepted a Cuddle Cot which will be used on the Maternity Unit when a woman has experienced a stillbirth. The Cuddle Cot was ...

NSW Health stages HIV testing week

Around 10 per cent of HIV positive people may be unaware they are infected, a statistic NSW Health is looking to change. From 1st June – 7th June, NSW Health ...

Far West LHD Nurse of the Year Awards 2015 Announced

The Far West Local Health District has acknowledged exceptional performance amongst its nursing staff by presenting three individual nurse awards and one nursing team award for 2015. The awards were ...

Youth Week 2015 – It Starts With Us

Youth Week 2015 – It Starts With Us Improving sexual health information and STI testing for young people in Far West NSW Young people aged 15-24 years have the highest ...

Boost to public oral health services

Public oral health services in Broken Hill, particularly those aimed at children, have received a boost recently following the appointment of an Oral Health Therapist at the Morgan Street Child ...

Far West LHD celebrates Healthy Weight Week 2015

Locals are being encouraged to cook more fresh meals at home as a healthier alternative to take away, which is being promoted during Healthy Weight Week (February 16-22) by the ...

Far West LHD urges caution during hot weather

Far West Local Health District is urging people to take the risk of heat-related illness seriously with hot weather predicted to return over the weekend and into next week. Ingo ...

Stepping On welcoming new participants!

The Stepping On falls prevention program has been secured to run again throughout 2015 and is open to residents of Broken Hill wishing to reduce their risk of falls. The ...

Far West LHD staff attend Stepping On training

Twenty Health Workers including three from Broken Hill will be sharing stories and strapping on leg weights as part of a training program being held in Dubbo focusing on preventing ...

FWLHD promoting Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Far West Local Health District is promoting Antibiotic Awareness Week (17-23 November) to focus on addressing inappropriate antibiotic use and the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are used ...

Health Service celebrates Safe Work Month 2014

Safety is a frame of mind The Broken Hill Health Service will be celebrating Safe Work Month (October) 2014 and local children are invited to join in by competing in ...

Public warned about gastroenteritis

The Far West Local Health District Communicable Diseases team is warning of an increase in gastroenteritis currently circulating in the Broken Hill community. There has been an increase in people ...

Free Aqua Leader training

Free Aqua Leader training is again being offered to train Local Health District staff, community workers and volunteers as Aqua Fitness Leaders. The workshops will be run at the Mildura ...

New model of care for pregnant women in FWLHD

Pregnant women will have the same midwife throughout their pregnancy including after birth under a new model of care being developed by the Far West Local Health District. The new ...

HACC Community Transport clients have a new bus

Wentworth HACC Community Transport are delighted their clients will be travelling in style after taking delivery of a new bus. The brand new Toyota Coaster can seat 17 passengers and ...

Raising Awareness of Stroke Week

Far West Local Health District today recognised the start of Stroke Awareness Week (8-14 September) to raise awareness of the impact of stroke. Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer after ...

New laws for businesses with their own water

Businesses that provide drinking water to customers where the water is not from a Council water supply need to develop and adhere to a ‘quality assurance program’ by 1 September ...

FWLHD Health Innovation Award winners for 2014

Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre wins the Health Innovation award A project representing a major innovation in design and workforce strategy in mental health care has won the 2014 ...

FWLHD celebrates National Diabetes Week 2014

The Far West Local Health District is urging everyone during National Diabetes Week (13-19 July) to stop and think about diabetes – Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease. As many as ...

Community invited to join Wilcannia Health Council

Members of the Wilcannia community with an interest in the future of health services are being encouraged to nominate for appointment to the Wilcannia Health Council. Far West Local Health ...

Far West LHD Nurse of the Year Awards 2014 announced

The Far West Local Health District has acknowledged exceptional performance amongst its nursing staff by presenting four individual nurse awards and one nursing team award for 2014. The awards were ...

Morgan St School canteen a finalist in Recognition Awards

Morgan Street Public School’s Canteen Supervisor Marni Robb has been announced as a finalist for the Healthy Kid’s Association state-wide School Canteen Recognition Awards. The Canteen Recognition Awards are offered ...

Tai Chi Information Day

The extremely popular Tai Chi programs run by the Far West Local Health District are scheduled to recommence in early March. An information day to explain all about Tai Chi ...

Scholarships open for Diploma of Enrolled Nursing

School leavers, those looking to change careers or people with an interest in caring for others are being encouraged by Far West Local Health District to apply for 300 scholarships ...

Far West LHD urges caution during heat wave

Almost all of the Far West LHD will experience temperatures expected to reach above 40 this week and the health service is urging people to take the risk of heat-related ...

Far West LHD Board holds Annual Public Meeting

The second Annual Public Meeting of the Far West Local Health District Board will be held on Monday, 16 December 2013. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the public ...

Lead health program annual data report released

Blood lead levels in Broken Hill children aged under five years remain below the current level of concern for the majority of children tested, according to the annual blood lead ...

Palliative and End of Life Care Education Day

An education day for local Health Service staff covering a wide variety of palliative care and end of life care topics has attracted over 70 participants. The Palliative & End ...

Open Day for BH Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit

The public are invited to have a first look at the Broken Hill Health Service’s new Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit which will soon be open for patients. An ‘Open Day’ for ...

Free Aqua Leader Training

Free Aqua Leader training is being offered in Broken Hill and Mildura to train community workers or volunteers as Aquafitness Leaders. The two-day workshops will be run at Broken Hill ...

Stepping On program happening again

Locals once again have the opportunity to learn how to prevent falls and stay healthy by joining the latest “Stepping On” program starting on Thursday, 10 October. The seven-week Stepping ...

International Overdose Awareness Day 2013

International Overdose Awareness Day (Saturday 31 August) is a key remembrance event marked across the world for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. The day was ...

Far West residents urged to Start the Conversation

Every day more than 1.1 million Australians have difficulty communicating says local speech pathologist Lucinda Norman, who is raising awareness for Speech Pathology Week in the Far West community. “By ...

Visiting Dermatologist recruited for Far West

In what is great news for the Far West Region, the Far West NSW Medicare Local has been successful in recruiting a Visiting Dermatologist and is working in close partnership ...

Far West LHD celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

It is World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) and local breastfeeding advocates have planned two events to celebrate the occasion. This Friday (2 August) a morning tea will be held for ...

Health Careers on display at 2013 Careers Expo

Career choices in the variety of health professions available across the Far West Local Health District will be on show at the 2013 Careers Expo. Far West LHD staff will ...

Far West LHD marks Healthy Bones Week

Far West Local Health District is recognising National Healthy Bones Week (4-10 August) and is urging people to look after their bones, no matter what age they are. In Australia ...

BH Hospital Kids Ward gets $1000 Lego boost

Children staying in the Paediatric Ward at the local hospital have $1,000 worth of new toys to play with following a generous donation. Local McDonald’s owners Mark and Maryanne Craven ...

Fantastic response to free Tai Chi lessons

A call for locals to join a Tai Chi class to improve their health has had an overwhelming response with two full classes now scheduled. Locals responded enthusiastically to a ...

Winners of FWLHD 2013 Innovations Health Awards

A project telling the stories of carers of people with a mental illness has won the Judges Excellence Award in the 2013 Far West Local Health District Health Innovation Awards. ...

Raising awareness for Diabetes Awareness Week

It is Diabetes Awareness Week (14-20 July) and Far West Local Health District staff will be holding a health promotion stall in the hospital foyer on Thursday, 18 July. Carrie ...

Tai Chi for health

The Far West Local Health District is inviting residents to join its Tai Chi program. Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can help relieve pain, improve your health and ...

Step into a Stepping on Falls Prevention Program

Since 2011 the Occupational Therapy department at the health service has been offering the Stepping On program. The community may have heard about this program before, or may have been ...

Cancer Care Referral Pathway Project Launch

Local GPs and practice nurses can under a new project launched by the Health Service refer patients recently diagnosed with cancer to the Broken Hill-based Cancer Care Co-ordinator in a ...

Search For The Best Nurses And Midwives Starts Today

Far West Local Health District is calling on local residents to nominate outstanding nurses and midwives in the NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards. The inaugural awards, which opened ...

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