NSW Gov Link NSW Health Far West Local Health District

     Print this page Reduce font size Increase font size


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.




View Far West LHD Media Releases for

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

17 November 2020

Statement - Screening Of Arrivals In Bh From Adelaide At Bh Airport

The Far West Local Health District is pleased to report that the COVID-19 screening of arrivals from South Australia on a Rex flight from Adelaide this morning at the Broken Hill Airport went smoothly for everyone involved.

The COVID-19 screening was part of NSW Health’s response to the emergence of the Parafield COVID-19 cluster in Adelaide.

All 12 passengers on the Rex flight were met at the airport terminal and screened individually by Far West LHD staff. This included temperature and symptom checking, and each person was asked if they had been to any locations of concern in South Australia during the period identified on the SA Health website.

The screening process was well managed, and contact details of each passenger were recorded. There were no passengers who had been to any of the current locations of concern.

Far West LHD Chief Executive, Mr Umit Agis, said screening progressed very smoothly and with the full cooperation of all those involved.

“It is very pleasing that each of the passengers were reportedly very understanding of the screening requirements and very receptive. This was a very quick action on behalf of our staff as the Adelaide cluster emerged. The process went very smoothly and the co-operation of the public is important as we all continue to work to keep the community safe,” he said.

The LHD will continue to screen all flight passengers arriving from Adelaide to Broken Hill  and screening will also occur for bus services arriving  from Adelaide. This will continue until further notice.

Anyone who arrives in Broken Hill from South Australia, by any mode of transport, is asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and get tested if they appear. They must remain in isolation until a negative result is received, in line with routine advice for all people in NSW. People are reminded to check for updates available on the SA Health – Contact Tracing webpage, particularly in relation to venues of concern.

Anyone arriving in Broken Hill from Adelaide can seek screening and testing at the Drive Thru clinic at Broken Hill Community Health Centre (Crystal Street) Monday to Friday from 9am to 11am, and also at the Thomas Street COVID-19 clinic, seven days a week from 10am to 8pm. Screening is also available at all of the Far West LHD’s facilities.

Please contact a NSW Health Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 if you have any queries or would like assistance in accessing testing if you have been to  any venues or sites identified by SA Health.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.