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Outback ER

The Broken Hill Hospital and its Emergency Department is the star feature in an observational documentary titled “Outback ER” made for ABC TV. This outstanding 8-part series premiered on the ABC on 12 February 2015.

Click on the clips below to hear the doctors, nurses and staff that deal with the emergency admissions on a daily basis talk about their experiences of living and working in Broken Hill – the unofficial capital of the outback – and the Far West.

Clips courtesy of Outback ER – Screentime & ABC TV.



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For information on living in Country NSW, see the Far West Career Lifestyle site.

The Far West Local Health District has many opportunities for doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who may be looking for a change of lifestyle, a better place to raise your family or a chance to further your career.




Stepping Up

The engagement, support and growth of the Aboriginal workforce in Far West is crucial to ensuring the delivery of effective and culturally safe health services for Aboriginal people and communities.

Stepping Up is an online recruitment resource specifically developed to support Aboriginal people who are interested in a career with NSW Health and the Far West LHD through the recruitment process.

To access the Stepping Up site, please CLICK HERE

Employment Benefits

Are you looking for a new adventure and a pathway to further your career in critical care?

Experience the unique culture and lifestyle that Far West NSW has to offer.

Broken Hill Health Service has exciting opportunities for Registered Nurses with or without Post Graduate qualification in the specialty of critical care. Broken Hill Health Service has a 5 bed ICU/CCU which focuses on patient safety and person centred care.  Professional development and career progression are supported and encouraged by Nursing and Midwifery Directorate.

Employment Benefits include

  • Salary sacrificing.

  • Paid accommodation for the first 3 months and 50% paid for the next three months

  • Fleet vehicle use

  • 1 week extra leave

  • Isolation and climate allowance

  • Support to complete graduate certificate.

Exciting opportunities await. Come and explore the outback.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) Program

The Far West Local Health District offers traineeships in Business Administration  medical), Health Services Assistance, Allied Health Assistance, and Aboriginal Primary Health Care. Traineeships are offered in locations where the health service has capacity to support students. In 2016 the Program will be expanded to include Dental Assisting.

SBATs 2015-2016 Program Manual

The SBATs manual provides information on and guidelines for the Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) Program (the Program) to ensure a consistent approach across the Far West LHD

You will be able to find:

  • An overview of the Program;
  • The process for recruitment to the Program;
  • Who is involved in the Program, their roles and what they are responsible for;
  • Financial responsibilities;
  • Policies and procedures and relevant legislation relating to the Program; and
  • Resources to use or adapt for the Program, N.B. all forms are written in italics, and are accessible on page 24 of this manual.

The manual must be read in conjunction with the NSW SBAT Guidelines 2014.

Who is this Manual for?

This Manual is designed for use by:

  • Apprentices and trainees (Trainees);
  • Parents and or carers of Trainees;
  • Far West LHD program coordinator;
  • Far West LHD certificate sponsors;
  • Far West LHD workplace supervisors;
  • Far West LHD workplace mentors;
  • Schools participating in the Program;
  • TAFE NSW Riverina Institute (Riverina Institute);
  • Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH)
  • Regional Development Australia (RDA); and
  • Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre (ABAC)

"Enjoy the Experience"

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The Far West may be the answer you are searching for. " Enjoy the Experience" is a film about the health service and the people that make it so very unique and special.


Welcome to the Broken Hill Community

We recognise that moving to a new location can be a very challenging time for you and your family.

Whether you are planning to move yourself or your whole family to NSW to set up in Broken Hill, you will need to find out about key services like housing, transport, work, schools and recreational opportunities.

To assist you in this process we have developed this resource "Welcome to the Broken Hill Community Booklet" to ease your transition into your new environment.

CLICK HERE for a map of Broken Hill

Select your chosen group from those available in the drop down list. Only groups that have jobs available are shown. 

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Position Details

Reference Number

Position Title Nursing Unit Manager Paediatrics
Employment Status Permanent Full Time
Entity Far West LHD
Geographical Location Broken Hill
Award Classification Public Health System Nurses' & Midwives' (State) Award - Nurse Unit Mgr Lvl 1
Salary $104,988.00
Hours per Week
Number of FTE 1.00
Purpose of Position

To coordinate a 6 secured inpatient unit with the capacity to extend to an extra 3 swing room beds at the Broken Hill Health Service FWLHD www.farwesthealthjobs.com.au (http://www.farwesthealthjobs.com.au/ ). Also works with the paediatric outpatient clinic.

To coordinate provision of safe, timely quality care within business hours Monday to Friday, ensuring there is a framework in place to provide the same quality services after-hours.

To meet State and Local key performance indicators and the implementation of any state lead models of care, reforms or projects pertinent to the paediatric unit.

To ensure the nursing staff are rostered appropriately to meet the demand in service for any given service provided and days and monitor the requirement to facilitate more or less staff dependent upon service needed.

To ensure the staff meet the required units KPI’s regarding attendance at mandated training dependent upon service need.

The NSW Public Health System Nurses’ & Midwives’ (State) Award states that the

NUM/MUM is “the registered nurse in charge of the unit in the health service of public health organisation” and is responsible for the coordination of patient services, unit management, and nursing staff management.

The NUM role is to:

  • ensure the provision of an appropriate and safe standard of care;
  • lead, direct and coordinate patient care;
  • ensure the practice of nursing/midwifery is safe and efficient;
  • lead and coordinate the health care team at the ward/unit level;
  • manage the ward/unit effectively and within the budget allocation.

As the leader of the unit, the NUM will demonstrate her/his capability through

attitude, skills, behaviour and attributes, namely:

  • broad nursing/midwifery experience and knowledge;
  • understanding and acceptance that patients are the central focus of service, delivery;
  • professional integrity;
  • ethical conduct;
  • accountability;
  •  advocacy;
  • enabling others;

This position has a 0.5 FTE component of management and the remaining 0.5 FTE clinically rostered to the ward. 

Selection Criteria Current Registration as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Professional Registry Authority (APHRA)

Minimum of five years post graduate nursing clinical experience

Demonstrated ability to negotiate resolutions and manage conflict and demonstrated ability to adhere to the defined standards of ethical and professional conduct consistent with the current NSW Health Code of Conduct and/or relevant professional standards where applicable.

Proven leadership skills and the ability to evaluate goals through recognised change management processes

Relevant tertiary qualifications, relevant work experience or combination of study and work experience. If no management qualification, expected to enrol within 6 months to a University or Australian College of Nursing (CAN)

Demonstrated ability to utilise sound and contemporary knowledge of nursing practice issues within the speciality of paediatrics

Demonstrated proven ability to function effectively as part of a team with broad clinical experience and knowledge in the relevant specialty

Proven ability to create and maintain a positive workplace culture and articulate and achieve a vision for nursing services

Contact Person Lindy Harkness
Contact Number 0880801553
Contact Email Lindy.harkness@health.nsw.gov.au
Closing Date Monday July 24 2017