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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:

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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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07 August 2017

Far West Lhd Health Innovation Awards Winners For 2017

The ‘Re-Designing Mental Health Care’ project has won the 2017 Far West LHD Health Innovation Award – Phoenix (Large Project) Category.

The project was presented by Vanessa Smith, Manager Broken Hill Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol. This project was initiated with the aims of improving clinical governance, building the skills of junior clinicians, improving consistency in the discharge process, reducing the amount of people who do not attend appointments and reducing the amount of time clinicians are engaged in meetings.

The Ninja (Small Project) Category was won by ‘Patient Hourly Rounding’. This program aimed to improve staff culture and patient experience. This was presented via video by Aravind Krishnamurthy, Yamirri Nharatji Coach for the LHD. This project was initiated to improve detection of the deteriorating patient, improve patient satisfaction, reduce rates of inpatient falls, pressure injuries and call bells by implementing patient hourly rounding.

The ‘Re-Designing Mental Health Care’ project also won the Agency for Clinical Innovation Award. Finalist ‘ACOLADES – A Coordinated Local Approach to Disordered Eating Services’ was also awarded an ACI runner-ups Certificate. The goal of this project was to improve the diagnosis of eating disorders in the local community, improve access to services and improve awareness of and enhance the resources available, including school based resources for teachers.

The People’s Choice was awarded to ‘Govies’ Retreat: Building resilience for rural home tutors”, presented by Marie Kelly, Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator for FWLHD. The aim of this project was to provide governesses employed in remote areas of the Far West, with the information they need to live successfully in the bush, including how to manage their own mental wellbeing and assist them to remain in their important roles.

The FWLHD Health Innovation Awards recognise the excellent work of clinicians, staff and service partners to improve patient safety, clinical quality and health system performance across the Local Health District.

“All of the nominees into this year’s awards have shown a commitment to improving the way services are delivered, which continues to make things better for our consumers and staff”, said Ms Zandra Corey, Director Clinical Governance, Far West LHD.

“This was the first year we provided an opportunity to nominate smaller improvement projects into the awards and these projects show how our staff continue to improve services as part of their day to day work.  This not only makes services better and safer for our consumers, but it also means that these changes are happening in real time in response to issues affecting services and consumers now”. 

“The Health Awards is our way of saying thank you to our staff for working hard to make things better, and to our consumers for working with us when we are trying to improve services,” said Ms Corey.

All the finalists will be entered into the NSW Health Awards to be held later this year.