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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.

Contact us

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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<< The archived Media Releases from the Greater Western AHS can be accessed here >>

07 August 2017

Far West Lhd Celebrates Excellence In Customer Service And Long Service Awards 2017

The Far West Local Health District today celebrated its staff that had excelled in customer service and had contributed to an exceptional level. 

Award categories were expanded for this year’s awards, and in addition to peer nominations, consumers were again encouraged to nominate staff and teams for excellent service. 

At a ceremony today, FWLHD Interim Chief Executive, Mr Stephen Rodwell, presented awards to a number of employees in recognition of their exceptional service to the organisation and community.

Early Career Excellence was presented to:

  • Lakshmi Ponmudi (Administration and Support Staff)
  • Alexandra Kusiak (Allied Health Staff)
  • Dr Yvette Etherden (Medical Staff)

Customer/Clinical Service Excellence:

  • Clifford Williams (Administration Staff)
  • Stacey Evers (Clinical Support Staff)
  • Sally Connell (Allied Health Staff)
  • Joseph Kervin (Nursing Staff)
  • Dr Elizabeth Richardson (Medical Staff)

Leadership Excellence

  • Annette Vartuli (Administration and Support Staff)
  • Kim Schellnegger (Allied Health Staff)
  • Anita Erlandsen (Nursing Staff)
  • Dr Arnm Haque (Medical Staff)

Team Excellence

  • Dietetics Team (Allied Health Group)

Peer Recognition for Staff Excellence (Studer)

  • Jane Baker

Consumer Recognition for Staff Excellence

  • Carmel King

Consumer Recognition for Team Excellence

  • Menindee Health Service

Employee Recognition Awards for years of dedicated service were also presented to a number of employees from across the District.

Long Service Awards for 10 years of service were presented to:

Kareen Comeadow
Avril Fazulla
Melissa Welsh
Carolyn Dermody
Carolyn Williams
Sonja Boyce
Helen Hayes
Chloe Lingard
Nicholas Westley
Christine Delbridge
Tracey Gaiter
Adrian Winter
Emma Kemp
Rosemary Martin
Margo Renowden
Christy Smith
Mark Thomas
Marie Bongetti
Kimberley Flood
Susan Thomas
Sharon Honson

Long Service Awards for 20 years of service were presented to:

Paul Kaye
Alexandra Pippin
Michael Weinert
Racheal Nagas
Elizabeth Buffon
Christina Butler
Teresa Perry

Long Service Awards for 30 years of service were presented to:

Peter Lane
Alina Dwyer
Paul Murphy
Murray Barker
Cherylyn Fazulla
Briana Bartley
Ann-Marie Hoskins
Wynsome Scott
Lee-Ann Howarth
Coral Bennett

The Far West LHD Employee Recognition Awards are presented for years of dedicated service to the organisation. The recipients were recognised with certificates of acknowledgement and a gift.