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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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15 February 2021

Nursing And Midwifery Graduates Starts Careers With Far West Lhd 2021

A record 33 new registered nurses and midwifery graduates will begin working in the Far West Local Health District this year. Across the state, more than 2,500 graduates will launch their careers at 130 public health facilities this year.

The 32 new graduate registered nurses (RNs) and one graduate midwife (RM) will begin their employment with Far West LHD in its Rural and Remote Transition to GradStart Registered Nurse / Midwife Program. The 2021 cohort is the largest since the program began. The LHD employed 30 new graduates in 2020.

The Far West LHD always takes great pleasure in welcoming new graduate nurses and midwives to the District, said Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Far West LHD, Ms Dale Sutton.

“The new graduates are beginning their nursing and midwifery careers with us and this is an exciting time for them and for the District,” she said.

The 2021 graduates will experience clinical practice in: Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care Unit, Medical and Surgical wards, Mental Health, Community Nursing, Maternity, Paediatrics, Primary Health Care, Operating Theatres and the Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit.

Nurses beginning work in the Far West have the opportunity to experience both rural and remote nursing through the GradStart program. The program places nurses in Broken Hill, Wentworth, Dareton, Ivanhoe, Wilcannia, Tibooburra and Balranald.

Ms Sutton said the benefits of the GradStart program is that it exposes graduates to different clinical skills, thereby improving their nursing and midwifery knowledge and clinical skill development.

“They also gain first-hand experience of working in our remote facilities and living in our communities, which is invaluable as it helps encourage recruitment of nurses to our region.”

The graduates will undergo orientation this week featuring practical and classroom activities. They will also meet staff and mentors/ supervisors who will support their transition from undergraduate university student to Registered Nurse / Midwife. They will begin work in the facilities soon after.