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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.

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.





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11 March 2021

Palliative Care Service Seeks Volunteers In Broken Hill

Are you interested in becoming a palliative care volunteer?

The Far West Local Health District Palliative Care service is seeking applications for volunteers to join the Palliative Care Volunteer Service based in Broken Hill.

Janet Pearce Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator, is keen to hear from people interested in volunteering and who would like to provide companionship and support to palliative care patients and their carers.

Palliative Care Volunteers provide support to patients in hospital as well as patients who live in the community. In the hospital setting, ‘Dementia / Delirium and Palliative Care Volunteers’ visit patients to provide companionship, support and diversional activities for short and long term in-patients. Community Palliative Care Volunteers dedicate two to three hours weekly to visit people who live at home with life limiting illness, and support their carers.

Applications are also sought from people interested in volunteering with the Palliative Care Biography Service. This role requires a genuine interest to visit and record a patient story, time to allocate, and very good listening and computer skills.

As it is important to have the most suitable people volunteering in the palliative care setting, there is an application and recruitment process. Selection involves an interview, health assessment and police checks followed by attendance at Induction Training prior to placement with a patient in hospital or in the community.

If you believe you have good communication skills (specifically excellent listening skills), are warm, empathetic and compassionate and have a desire to volunteer with palliative care services, please contact Janet Pearce, Community Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator on 0428 913 303 or by email at janet.pearce@health.gov.nsw.au