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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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12 November 2020

Nsw Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation Awarded To Three Far West Lhd Employees

Three Far West LHD employees who volunteered to take part in the emergency response team during the 2019-2020 bushfires have been honoured by the NSW Premier.

Melissa McInnes, Sarah Koronis and Heba Day have been awarded a NSW Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation. The NSW Premier is awarding the citation to recognise the outstanding contribution of volunteers and service agency personnel who played a significant role in the emergency response effort to combat the 2019-2020 bushfires in NSW.

In response to the needs of communities in NSW during the crisis, the three Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services staff showed dedication, selflessness and sacrifice and were deployed as part of the emergency response team, helping people on the ground through such a traumatic event.

They were presented with the NSW Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation. The insignia of the Citation is a rectangular silver framed navy-blue bar featuring a red stripe to signify the bushfire event, and the NSW State Flower (Waratah). It was accompanied by a Letter from the Premier of NSW and a Certificate co-signed by the Premier and Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. They also received an embroidered Commemorative Cap.

The citation was presented in a local ceremony by Ms Jodie Miller, Program Director MHDA, Far West LHD.

“This citation from the Premier is in recognition of your dedication and support to those communities and community members who needed you at such a devastating time,” said Ms Miller.

“On behalf of the FWLHD, I wish to congratulate each of you for your contribution and service to the emergency bushfire response and the people you helped.”

Jodie Miller, Program Director MHDA, Far West LHD presented (from left) Sarah Koronis, Melissa McInnes and Heba Day with their NSW Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation.