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The Far West LHD Media Unit is responsible for all media inquiries and interviews with Far West LHD staff members. The Unit regularly advises on major public health issues and disease outbreaks, through media releases, media conferences and, sometimes, special telephone hotlines.

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The Media Officer for Far West LHD is Branko Licul on 0411 119 592 or email branko.licul@health.nsw.gov.au

The Media Unit is the primary point of contact for news organisations. All media enquiries must come through the Media Unit in the first instance. This includes:

  • Requests for interviews
  • Photo requests of staff, patients or our facilities
  • General enquiries about health issues
  • Any condition updates on patients who have been injured in an accident or are otherwise of interest to the media

Please do not call our hospitals directly as they are not allowed to provide this information.

Staff are not permitted to speak to journalists or representatives of media organisations without the knowledge or permission of the Media Officer.

An On-Call Media Officer is available after normal business hours to assist media with urgent enquiries. This is organised on a roster basis and the correct person to contact is available via a voicemail message on 0411 119 592.




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28 June 2017

Far West Lhd Chief Executive Leaves To Return To Sa

The Chief Executive of Far West Local Health District (FWLHD), Stuart Riley, will leave his role to return to South Australia on 7 July 2017.

Mr Riley returned to NSW Health as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Far West Local Health District following the national health reforms, commencing at its inception in January 2011. 

NSW Secretary of Health, Ms Elizabeth Koff, said: “Under Stuart’s leadership the District has consistently maintained an exceptional performance rating with outstanding improvements including an increase in Aboriginal employment to over 9% of staff and a much greater level of staff engagement as demonstrated by Your Say and People Matters staff surveys.   

“Stuart’s passion for the communities of the far west of NSW has been unquestionable. He has been an advocate for improving the resources in the District and during Stuart's tenure the far west has seen significant development of public health services and the delivery of initiatives that have greatly improved workforce distribution and innovation. In the coming financial year the District has been successful in obtaining significant investment for its integrated care strategies.

“After many years of living and working away from home, Stuart has decided it is a good time to return to consulting and to take a break from the day-to-day pressures of operational management.

“Along with the FWLHD Board Chair, Dr Andrew Refshauge and the Board, I wish Stuart all the best for the next stage of his career as he leaves the far west with much to be proud of.”

An acting Chief Executive will be appointed to the role whilst NSW Health recruits to the position.