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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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27 January 2021

Three New Interns Welcomed To Far West Lhd

Three new junior doctors have started their careers at the Broken Hill Health Service as interns for 2021.

The interns – Dr Chia-Mei Lin, Dr Grace Soon En Ting and Dr Senali Wanniarachchi – will rotate through Medical, Surgical and Emergency Departments in Broken Hill Health Service and Concord Hospital throughout the year.

“We are very pleased to welcome our new junior doctors to the Far West and at Broken Hill Health Service,” said Director Medical Services, Dr Andre Nel.

Interns are medical graduates who have completed their medical degree and are required to complete a supervised year of practice in order to become independent practitioners.

The three interns were recruited to Far West LHD through the Rural Preferential Recruitment Scheme, in which interns undertake the majority of their training in rural hospitals. This has doubled in number since 2012. This innovative scheme was designed to encourage interns to work in rural hospitals once they finished their medical school training.

“Our interns will gain exposure to a diverse range of clinical presentations and have the support to quickly develop their clinical skills and confidence,” said Dr Nel.

He said Far West LHD was pleased to contribute to training interns to build a sustainable medical workforce in rural areas, which will help improve access to a range of health services for people living in rural areas.

They will commence their duties at start of February 2021 following Term 1 orientation to the health service.

For more information about the recruitment of Junior Medical Officers, visit the dedicated page on the NSW Health website: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/jmo/Pages/default.aspx