Media Releases - 2012
Community enjoys Hospital Open Day (PDF)
Hundreds of Macarthur locals joined Campbelltown Hospital staff, patients and visitors at the Hospital’s Community Open Day and the South Western Sydney Local Health District Annual Public Meeting (APM).
Garden brings hope (PDF)
The Hope Garden dedicated to women and children affected by domestic and family violence was opened at Campbelltown Hospital during the 16 days of Activism against Domestic Violence.
Go to your GP - not the ED for your prescriptions (PDF)
Fairfield Hospital has issued a reminder to local residents to ensure they have enough prescription medication to see them through the holiday season.
Be Safe this Holiday Season (PDF)
Drink safe and be safe is the message health experts from South Western Sydney Local Health District want to send out this festive season.
One register makes it easier for people to donate organs (PDF)
The Roads and Maritime Services (formerly RTA) organ donor registry closed on Monday 19 November and people in NSW now need to register their intentions at the single national register – the Australian Organ Donation Register (AODR).
Photo competition winners celebrated (PDF)
A portrait of a boy swimming underwater is the winning entry in a digital photo competition held to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.
Avoid stress to have a happy, healthy Christmas (PDF)
Keeping Christmas celebrations to simple, low cost, casual affairs this year is the message health experts want to encourage to ensure a stress-free festive season.
World AIDS Day 2012 - 30 years of HIV/AIDS in Australia (PDF)
Twenty years ago, a small group of New York artists created a simple design which is now one of the most recognised symbols worldwide – the red ribbon.
Digital photo competition (PDF)
Are you a creative person living with a disability? Grab your digital camera or smart phone and enter a digital photo competition being held to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.
Chinese Cancer Volunteer Services at Liverpool Hospital (PDF)
A new volunteer support service is now available for Chinese cancer patients at Liverpool Hospital through the collaboration of CanRevive (Chinese Cantonese Volunteer Support Services), Liverpool Hospital Cancer Therapy Centre and Cancer Council NSW.
Peter Warren Automotive lends a hand to Liverpool Hospital cancer patients (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital Cancer Therapy Centre has thanked Peter Warren Automotive for the donation of a Hyundai iMax to help transport patients to and from the Cancer Therapy Centre for their treatment appointments.
Hospital Community Open Day and APM (PDF)
Campbelltown Hospital is holding a Community Open Day on Friday 7 December, 2012 from 11am, in conjunction with the South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Annual Public Meeting (APM) in the Hospital’s auditorium at 3pm.
Hospital prepared for disaster (PDF)
When Liverpool Hospital staff picked up the phone on Wednesday morning, “Exercise exercise exercise” were three very important words that told them the disaster about to unfold was only a training exercise and not a actual incident.
Liverpool Hospital gears up for 200 year anniversary celebrations (PDF)
While most people are winding down as the end of year approaches, Liverpool Hospital is gearing up for a whole year of celebrations to mark the bicentenary anniversary of the Hospital in 2013.
Liverpool Hospital scoops two health awards (PDF)
Two innovative Liverpool Hospital initiatives were acknowledged with NSW Health Awards for improvement in patient safety and building the health workforce last week.
New BreastScreen site at Liverpool (PDF)
Pink Ribbon Day (22 Oct) proved the perfect opportunity for staff and patients at BreastScreen Liverpool to celebrate the opening of their new BreastScreen site at 102 Bigge St.
Time capsule burying completes 110 year anniversary celebrations (PDF)
Camden Hospital will mark the end of its 110 year anniversary celebrations with the burying of a new time capsule in the Heritage Auditorium.
Bankstown BreastScreen (PDF)
Local health experts are strongly encouraging women aged 50 and over living in the Bankstown area to take advantage of the free, permanent BreastScreen service available at Bankstown as the number of women being screened in the area is low.
Donation to help Karitane families (PDF)
Bunnings Warehouse Villawood has donated more than $1,400 to Karitane to enhance support provided to the 22,000 families that seek help from the service each year.
Hospital staff bring pedal power to Liverpool (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital will be a sea of spokes and spinning wheels when staff join more than 150,000 Australians cycling to work during Ride2Work Day - 17 October 2012.
Top 5 at Liverpool Hospital (PDF)
An innovative new program that helps personalise hospital care for patients with memory and thinking problems is being officially launched at Liverpool Hospital during Carers Week (14 - 20 October 2012).
Free breast x-rays for women at Tahmoor (PDF)
Women aged 50 and over living in the Tahmoor area are invited to receive a free mammogram for the early detection of breast cancer.
Gudaga van donation (PDF)
Families taking part in the Gudaga Study will benefit from home visits from nurses carrying out child assessments thanks to a generous donation of a new van from Macarthur Automotive.
Body image community forum (PDF)
A free community forum to raise awareness of problematic body image and eating behaviours such as anorexia or bulimia is being held on Monday 8 October, during mental health month.
Health in focus during Dementia Awareness Week (21-28 September) (PDF)
Local doctors have highlighted the link between general health and dementia prevention during Dementia Awareness Week this week (21-28 September).
Be prepared - hay fever season in full bloom (PDF)
If you are one of the 25 per cent of Australians who suffer from spring allergies, be prepared – spring has sprung and the season of sneezing, runny noses and sore itchy eyes has definitely begun.
New Liverpool Hospital phone number (PDF)
On 19 September Liverpool Hospital’s main phone number will change to (02) 8738 3000.
District nominated for NSW Health Awards (PDF)
Staff from across South Western Sydney Local Health District have been nominated for the 2012 NSW Health Awards which will be announced later next month.
Spotlight on stroke during National Stroke Week (10-16 September) (PDF)
Health experts are highlighting the risk factors for stroke during National Stroke Week (10-16 September), encouraging people to know their stroke risk.
Check it out during Sexual Health Week (PDF)
Health experts are encouraging sexually active young people to Check it Out during Sexual Health Week (17-23 September) and get tested for sexually transmissible infections (STIs), in particular chlamydia.
Bankstown Hospital open day (PDF)
Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital is holding an Open Day on Wednesday 12th September, 2012 from 10.00am until 2.00pm.
Floral tribute to victims of sexual violence (PDF)
During the National Day of Action Against Sexual Assault (30 August), the Liverpool/Fairfield/Bankstown Sexual Assault Service and the Bankstown Women’s Health Centre will acknowledge children, women and men impacted by sexual violence by distributing flowers and pens at train stations from Sydenham to Macarthur.
Health warning on gastroenteritis (PDF)
Health experts are warning of a gastroenteritis epidemic currently circulating around the state.
Get proactive this Fathers Day (PDF)
Dads living in South Western Sydney are being encouraged to get proactive and give themselves the gift of good health this father’s day.
New bone marrow treatment for south western Sydney (PDF)
Cancer patients in south western Sydney needing a bone marrow transplant from a donor are now able to receive treatment closer to home with the commencement of allogeneic stem cell transplantation at Liverpool Hospital.
Healthy kids in focus during
Multicultural Health Week (3-10 September) (PDF)
An afternoon of art, fun and education to promote a healthy lifestyle is on offer to local kids on Wednesday (5 September) at Bankstown Art Centre as part of Multicultural Health Week celebrations.
Liverpool Hospital staff encouraged to cycle to work (PDF)
To encourage staff to cycle to work, Liverpool Hospital has partnered with AustCycle and the Office of Environment and Heritage to run cycling skills courses at the Hospital.
Innovative research to improve oral health among pregnant women (PDF)
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has provided the Centre for Applied Nursing Research with a $443,510 grant over three years to test the effectiveness of a unique midwifery initiated oral health dental service (MIOH-DS) in improving the oral health of pregnant women in south western Sydney.
BreastScreen Van to visit Tharawal Aboriginal Service (PDF)
Aboriginal women aged 40 and over living in Macarthur will benefit from a free breast screening service for the early detection of breast cancer.
Importance of safe sleeping (PDF)
Although it’s the height of winter and it may be tempting to snuggle up in bed with your little one, health experts have issued a reminder to parents of the dangers of bed sharing with their baby.
Support available for Osteoarthritis (PDF)
Experts at Liverpool Hospital are reminding people that help and support are available to those with conditions affecting their bones and joints.
20 years of trauma (PDF)
Medical specialists in the field physical injury (trauma) will come from across the globe this week to meet at Liverpool Hospital for the milestone 20th annual SWAN Trauma Conference.
Australian specialist develops new tools for the fight against hepatitis B (PDF)
A set of innovative information resources designed to improve the treatment rates of Australia’s 170,000* hepatitis B sufferers and reduce the incidence of hepatitis B-related liver cancer and liver failure was launched at Liverpool Hospital today.
Health Language Services celebrates 35 years of helping (PDF)
Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and radiologists are some of the professions that come to mind when thinking about health care staff.
However, last week, interpreters from across the District were celebrated, with the 35th year anniversary of interpreter services in health care.
Meningococcal warning (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) is urging the public to be aware of the early symptoms of meningococcal disease.
Healthy eating advice for new mums can help cut child obesity (PDF)
Teaching new mums about healthy eating and active play can significantly help cut the risk of their child being overweight or obese, according to a new study of first time mums and their babies from south western Sydney.
New technology for stroke recovery (PDF)
Patients recovering from a stroke in the Camden Hospital Rehabilitation Unit will now have access to new technology following donations from the Rotary Club of Camden and the Camden Stroke Recovery Club.
BEAT IT PLUS (PDF)
Camden Hospital’s Metabolic Rehabilitation Diabetes Program is leading the way in integrated health care through a joint program with Australian Diabetes Council for severely obese people with diabetes launched today.
MEASLES ALERT (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is urging people to ensure they are fully immunised against measles after a 15 year old boy from the Macarthur region was diagnosed with the disease.
Hospital Palliative Care program launched (PDF)
Patients receiving palliative care at Bankstown Hospital are benefiting from a new Palliative Care Volunteer Program launched this month.
Talk about it - Bowel Cancer Awareness (PDF)
You may not feel comfortable about talking about changes to your bowel movements or blood in your stools, but sharing your experiences with a health professional could help prevent you from dying from embarrassment, says a local health expert in support of Bowel Cancer Awareness Week last week.
$3,000 scholarship up for grabs (PDF)
Applications are now open for the Bowral & District Hospital Centenary Scholarship. The Centenary Scholarship is open to year 12 students from any secondary school in the Wingecarribee Shire who plan on undertaking a health-related university or college course after leaving school.
Liverpool Hospital staff respect the difference (PDF)
Staff at Liverpool Hospital have strengthened their commitment to significantly improving the health status of Aboriginal people by undertaking Aboriginal Cultural Training.
Health careers showcased (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District held its fifth annual Healthwise showcase on
Thursday 24 May to promote careers in health to high school students in years 9 to 12, from
schools in Sydney’s south-west.
Keep it to yourself – practice cough etiquette this winter (PDF)
If you catch a cold or flu this winter, avoid spreading the potentially debilitating symptoms to others by practising simple cough etiquette, a local health expert has warned.
Be inspired on World No Tobacco Day (PDF)
If you’ve tried to give up smoking before without success, World No Tobacco Day on May 31 could be just the push you need to help you quit for good, says a local health expert.
Kidney Health Week (PDF)
Early detection is the best form of prevention of kidney disease a local health expert said during Kidney Health Week (27 May – 2 June 2012).
National Sorry Day (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District commemorated National Sorry Day on Friday 25 May.
Dry July to help patients of Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre again (PDF)
Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre has again been chosen this year as a beneficiary of the fundraising efforts for the popular Dry July campaign.
Don’t eat for two – good diet and regular exercise key to a healthy baby (PDF)
With over 10 per cent of women in south western Sydney testing positive for gestational diabetes, local health experts are encouraging women to maintain a healthy diet and take regular exercise prior to and during their pregnancy.
Bankstown Hospital cancer patients, families and friends helping those in need (PDF)
Bankstown Hospital Oncology Nurse Beryl Driscoll, with the help of cancer patients, their families and friends has made 51 hand knitted woollen blankets to donate to the Exodus Foundation.
Palliative care volunteers in the spotlight (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is recognising Palliative Care Volunteers during National Palliative Care Week (20-25 May).
BreastScreen Campbelltown (PDF)
Women aged 40 and over living in the Macarthur area will benefit from free mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer with a new BreastScreen screening clinic which will open at a health centre in Campbelltown next week.
Consumer and Community participation framework launched (PDF)
NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner visited Liverpool Hospital today to launch the framework which outlines how the Local Health District works with patients, carers and the community to deliver local health care.
RAPTOR suite helping to save lives (PDF)
NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research Jillian Skinner today visited a new state-of-the-art hybrid surgical theatre and interventional radiology suite used to operate on critically ill emergency trauma patients at Liverpool Hospital.
Karitane receives special Mothers Day gift (PDF)
To help celebrate Mothers Day and brighten the stay of families receiving support Karitane facilities across NSW will be receiving a makeover thanks to the generosity of Bunnings Warehouse.
Painting donation in memory of community contributor (PDF)
‘Bush Rock’ - a colourful painting depicting native animals holding a night concert will be hung in the Paediatric Unit of Bowral & District Hospital to commemorate the significant contribution to many community organisations in the Southern Highlands by the late Dr Judith Dey AO.
HUB Diabetes Program (PDF)
Residents of Miller and surrounding areas living with diabetes are being encouraged to take part of a series of information workshops being run by The HUB Community Health Centre in Miller as part of the Healthy Lifestyle Program.
Is your gambling getting out of hand? (PDF)
This week is Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (14-18 May) and Counsellors at the South Western Sydney Local Health District Gambling Treatment Program are encouraging people to think about their gambling habits and whether they are getting out of hand.
International Nurses Day (PDF)
The vital role that nurses play in our healthcare system will be recognised at Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals during International Nurses Day celebrations on Friday 11 May.
Camden Hospital celebrates 110 years of caring for the community (PDF)
This month Camden Hospital will celebrate an important milestone - 110 years of caring for the local community with an exhibition showcasing a display of historic photographs, medical equipment and nurses' uniforms through the ages.
Campbelltown Expansion Update – Planning Application (PDF)
The Campbelltown Hospital $139 million expansion project has reached an important milestone following the submission of the Planning Application (PA) to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Motor Neurone Disease Support (PDF)
A support group for people with Motor Neurone Disease is being held at Liverpool Hospital on Monday 23 April 2012. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month and includes talks from health specialists and light refreshments.
Simple steps to avoid falling (PDF)
Bowral and District Hospital Occupational Therapist Stacey White shared some falls prevention advice during April Falls Month.
Health warning during World Allergy Week (PDF)
This week is World Allergy Week (16-22 April) and local allergy expert Professor Connie Katelaris said, contrary to popular belief, Autumn can be a time of increased allergy for some people.
Flu vaccine reminder (PDF)
With just a couple of months until the start of winter, health experts are urging the community to protect themselves against influenza (the flu) by getting the flu vaccine from their General Practitioner (GP).
The HUB celebrates 12 years (PDF)
The HUB Community Health Centre in Miller recently celebrated 12 years of connecting people and improving lives by holding a range of activities in Miller shopping centre.
Free health clinic for women (PDF)
Health experts have made it easier for local women to take time out of their busy schedules to look after their health and wellbeing.
Scholarship for Nurse working with local Indigenous families (PDF)
Hoxton Park Nurse Raylee Colusso who works closely with local Indigenous families has received a NSW Lions Club Nurses Foundation Scholarship to study a Master of Indigenous Health at Wollongong University.
Camden Hospital’s history revisited (PDF)
A 110 year old time capsule, hidden beneath a plaque in the wall of the old matron’s office has been opened in the lead up to Camden Hospital’s 110 year anniversary in May.
April Falls Day – Get moving to prevent falling (PDF)
For many people, April Fools Day is associated with pranks and jokes, but at Bowral and District Hospital, April Falls Day on Monday 2 April is no laughing matter.
Campbelltown Hospital’s model patient (PDF)
At Campbelltown Hospital Sam’s blood pressure is dropping, his chest is wheezing and his pupils are dilated. Sam is a model patient, a state-of-the-art simulation manikin being used to train doctors and nurses in the Hospital’s new Simulation Centre.
New ED Director for Fairfield Hospital (PDF)
Fairfield Hospital has welcomed on board Dr Harry Doan, who recently took on the role of Director of Emergency at the Hospital.
Warwick Farm Food 4 Life market has real ZEST (PDF)
The Food 4 Life Market at Warwick Farm has won a Greater Western Sydney Community Services Sector ZEST Award.
Health expert cautions on cancer
that affects young Asian people (PDF)
A local health expert is raising awareness of Nasopharynx cancer - a cancer that primarily affects young South East Asian people.
Working together to Close the Gap (PDF)
Bankstown Hospital will mark Close the Gap Day on Friday, March 23 with a day of activities including entertainment by Aboriginal artists, a talk on coming to the Emergency Department and stalls where the community can meet health staff.
Support available for seniors (PDF)
During Seniors Week (18 – 24 March), health professionals are encouraging older people who would benefit from additional support with housework, shopping, transport, meal preparation, respite services and /or personal care to seek help.
International Women’s Day (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is proud to highlight its support for women’s rights and equality in the workforce during International Women’s Day, which is being celebrated around the globe on 8 March.
Motor Neurone Disease Support (PDF)
A support group for people with Motor Neurone Disease is being held at Liverpool Hospital on Monday 26 March 2012. The group meets on the last Monday of each month and includes talks from health specialists and light refreshments.
Hospital thanks volunteers (PDF)
Fairfield Hospital volunteers will take time out from their hard work to be thanked by Hospital staff as part of NSW Health Volunteer Appreciation Day on February 24.
Liverpool Hospital Artwork (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital has a new piece of artwork which was displayed in the concourse of the new clinical building at an unveiling held last week.
The three panel mural entitled Night Ride Home was commissioned specifically for the new building and General Manager Anthony Schembri said he was thrilled with the result.
Do you know your loved ones wishes? (PDF)
To increase Australia's organ and tissue donation rates South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWS LHD) is encouraging families to start talking about their organ donation wishes during DonateLife Week, being held across the nation from Sunday 19 February.
Baby clothes made with love (PDF)
A craft group from the Pepperfield Lifestyle Resort has donated hand-made blankets, nighties, bonnets and booties for parents who have given birth to stillborn babies at Bowral & District Hospital.
Get healthy with new lifestyle programs (PDF)
Miller residents looking to kick start a healthy new year are being encouraged to join the new Healthy Lifestyle Program run by The HUB Community Health Centre in Miller.
Help available to families and friends of problem gamblers (PDF)
The families and friends of problem gamblers are being encouraged to seek help through the South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Gambling Treatment Program.
The Program offers free and confidential counselling for people struggling with problem gambling as well as their friends, family and partners.
New equipment to help south western Sydney women (PDF)
Patients at Liverpool Hospital will benefit from a $24,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Liverpool Greenway, which has been used to purchase equipment for the Hospital’s Gynaecological Oncology Unit.
New school year offers lesson in healthy eating (PDF)
As thousands of children head into the new school year, the most important lesson they could learn about living a happy and healthy life can be found in their lunchboxes, a local health expert says.
South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWS LHD) Director Community Nutrition, Sue Amanatidis, said it was important that good nutritional habits were established early in life to ensure lasting, long-term health benefits.
First steps to an active school year (PDF)
Local health experts are encouraging parents to give their kids an active start to the school year by helping them walk or cycle to and from school.
New member on Board (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District has welcomed a new Board member, Mr Frank Conroy, who took up the position in January this year.
SWS LHD Board Chair Prof. Phil Harris said Mr Conroy is a welcome addition to the Board, bringing with him a wealth of new skills and experience.
DonateLife Book of Life launched in Camden (PDF)
The DonateLife Book of Life will be launched at Camden Library on Tuesday 31 January at 2pm. The Book of Life is part of a National campaign to increase family discussion about organ and tissue donation. It contains contributions in the form of stories, poems and pictures which share peoples’ experiences of organ and tissue donation, transplantation and waiting for a transplant.
Liverpool NICU babies in expert hands (PDF)
The babies at Liverpool Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will remain in expert hands with a specially-designed intern program which teaches NICU nurses the skills required to work in the Unit.