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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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08 October 2020

Local Team Has A 2020 Vision To Improve Eyesight Of All Four-year-olds

Eye checks for children at the age of four years are essential for the early identification and treatment of vision problems and to reduce the likelihood of permanent vision loss.

NSW was the first state or territory in Australia to implement universal screening for pre-schoolers - the Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening (StEPS) program. The NSW Government invests more than $4 million annually in the StEPS program.

This World Sight Day (8 October 2020), the StEPS team is encouraging all parents to get their four-year-old children tested.

Far West LHD StEPS Coordinator Leanne Hastwell said early screening leads to optimal vision.

“It is critical that this screening is provided to four-year-olds before they start school to maximise clinical benefit and outcomes for children,” she said.

“If a child has impaired vision, they may think this is normal as they don’t have a baseline to compare it to. This is why it is so vital your child is screened.”

Free screening is available to all four-year-old children. StEPS screeners visit preschools and long day care centres in Far West LHD, and children who do not attend centres or are in home care can also access the free service. Families can also ask their GP to test their child’s vision or refer their child to an eye health professional.

In Far West LHD, the StEPS Program has made additional catch-up clinics available at local Community Health Centres for children who may have missed out on vision screening in 2020 while the program was deferred for a few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information call 08 8080 1100.

For more information on the StEPS program visit: health.nsw.gov.au/StEPS