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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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30 May 2022

Quit Tobacco And Breathe On Country - Wntd 2022

An estimated 20 billion cigarettes are smoked annually in Australia, with seven billion cigarette butts discarded as litter. With the current rise in vaping rates, there is also concern for the rise in waste with these single-use plastic products.

This World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on 31 May, Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) and Koori Quitline are partnering to raise awareness of tobacco products as a threat to our environment and encouraging care for Country as one more reason to quit.

Koori Quitline Counsellor, Vanessa Kendall said: “Caring for Country is very important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to encourage community to stop smoking or vaping, the Koori Quitline has Aboriginal Counsellors to yarn about your journey and support a quit attempt.

“We need our communities, homes and cars smoke-free. Together we can do this! We’re asking everyone to get involved and show their support to #BreatheOnCountry together by snapping a picture of your Country and yarning up a smoke-free future,” said Ms Kendall.

The volume of discarded cigarette butts has not decreased in line with retail sales of cigarettes dropping from 16.2 billion in 2015 to 10.8 billion in 2020. The Keep Australia Beautiful Litter Index has shown that cigarette butts are the main portion of litter in NSW, representing almost half of all littered items.

“There is the danger of toxins and chemicals from discarded cigarette butts leaking into the environment. These leaks can pollute drinking water and soils where we grow food. Thoughtless littering can harm our vulnerable, including children and animals, who rely on us to keep them safe,” said Ms Kendall.

“To be able to breathe on Country, World No Tobacco Day calls on people who smoke or vape to commit to quit in 2022. Quitline Counsellors understand everyone’s reasons for quitting smoking is different Contact the Quitline on 13 78 48 for a free, culturally safe yarn to support your personal quit journey,” she said.

#BreatheOnCountry #WNTD2022

For support to quit smoking call the Quitline on 13 78 48, or visit: https://www.facebook.com/AboriginalQuitlineNSW | www.icanquit.com.au