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Media Releases - 2018

Sounds of Christmas bring festive cheer (PDF)
Camden Hospital’s Palliative Care Inpatient Unit was filled with the sounds of the festive season when Western Sydney University student volunteers performed Christmas carols for patients, their families and staff.
14-Dec-2018

New app helps on-time vaccination for children (PDF)
Parents and carers in the South Western Sydney Local Health District are encouraged to download the improved, free ‘Save the Date to Vaccinate’ app to ensure their children receive vaccinations on time.
12-Dec-2018

Message of hope as patient sheds more than 100kg (PDF)
Dr Nic’s program saved my life – I feel like giving him a big hug.
11-Dec-2018

Clinicians give their time to treat international patient (PDF)
Natalia Apaseray has spent a lifetime struggling to eat, drink and speak due to a severe facial deformity but surgeons at South Western Sydney Local Health District are now working to help change the life of the West Papuan woman.
10-Dec-2018

Expo helps people with disability to achieve their potential (PDF)
Rod O’Donnell, OAM, of St Helens Park, has devoted 25 years to ensuring his daughter Emily, who has multiple disabilities, has the care and services she needs to reach her full potential.
03-Dec-2018

FAIRFIELD HOSPITAL STAFF HONOURED AT OPEN DAY (PDF)
Fairfield Hospital is celebrating 30 years of providing outstanding care for the community at a fun-filled Open Day today from 9am to 2pm.
30-Nov-2018

Peak hay fever season has arrived (PDF)
Sydneysiders prone to hay fever and asthma are being urged to take extra care as we head into peak pollen season.
27-Nov-2018

Renal services expand at Bowral & District Hospital (PDF)
Bowral’s renal dialysis service has expanded only months after the new service opened, with a second patient now dialysing and an additional nurse starting this month.
16-Nov-2018

Better health is the aim of Change4Campbelltown (PDF)
Campbelltown is heading towards a healthier future thanks to ideas from more than 100 community members at the Change4Campbelltown workshop.
15-Nov-2018

TWO CATEGORY WINS AT 2018 NSW HEALTH AWARD (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) is celebrating after taking out two major prizes at the 2018 NSW Health Awards in Sydney.
08-Nov-2018

LIVERPOOL HOSPITAL IS ALL HEART (PDF)
Locals in south west Sydney now have a new $2 million state-of-the-art weapon against heart disease with the opening of a cardiac interventional unit at Liverpool Hospital.
07-Nov-2018

Women encouraged to have regular mammogram (PDF)
A BreastScreen NSW mobile van is travelling to Aboriginal, culturally and linguistically diverse and geographically isolated communities in the South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD) to increase regular mammogram attendance.
05-Nov-2018

Meningococcal case in south western Sydney (PDF)
Meningococcal disease has been identified as the possible cause of death in a seven-year-old boy in south western Sydney, prompting renewed calls for parents to be vigilant of symptoms.
31-Oct-2018

Staff dig deep to support Ethiopian community (PDF)
Staff at Bowral & District Hospital are digging deep to help an impoverished community in Ethiopia.
23-Oct-2018

Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary hosts state conference (PDF)
Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary has received the honour of hosting the 85th NSW United Hospital Auxiliaries State Conference on 24 and 25 October.
17-Oct-2018

Six south western Sydney finalists in NSW Health Awards (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is delivering outstanding care with more finalists than anywhere in the state in the 2018 NSW Health Awards.
27-Sep-2018

Improvements in emergency care at Campbelltown Hospital (PDF)
Campbelltown Hospital has achieved improvements in its emergency care despite experiencing a 6.7 per cent increase in ED presentations from April to June.
17-Sep-2018

District welcomes first prostate cancer specialist nurse (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District’s first prostate cancer specialist nurse Diana Ngo encourages conversation about issues men may feel uncomfortable discussing.
12-Sep-2018

Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment moves forward (PDF)
Plans for the $632 million Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment are now on public display, marking another milestone in delivering world-class care to Macarthur residents.
07-Sep-2018

District launches Cultural Competency Training for all staff (PDF)
The South Western Sydney Local Health District is launching Cultural Competency Training for all staff to increase their capacity to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
05-Sep-2018

Improving health literacy of south western Sydney’s multicultural community (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is delighted and proud to host the venue for the state-wide launch of NSW Multicultural Health Week today at Liverpool Hospital.
03-Sep-2018

Local hospital redevelopment moves forward (PDF)
Plans for the $65 million Bowral & District Hospital Redevelopment are now on public display, marking another milestone in delivering world-class health care to Southern Highland residents.
03-Sep-2018

$3 million of research funding tackles major health issues (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District’s reputation as an international hub of medical innovation has been further enhanced with more than $3 million over five years allocated to new research units.
29-Aug-2018

Salute to the staff of Liverpool Hospital’s PIXI Clinic (PDF)
A grateful patient of the PIXI Clinic at Liverpool Hospital so impressed with his ongoing care has requested an opportunity to publically thank the staff.
22-Aug-2018

Bowral & District Hospital helps to share the dignity (PDF)
Bowral & District Hospital is helping women affected by homelessness and poverty live with dignity.
16-Aug-2018

Campbelltown Hospital paediatric patients to benefit from ultrasound donation (PDF)
Campbelltown Hospital has welcomed the donation of a new ultrasound machine to the hospital’s Paediatric Department.
08-Aug-2018

Liverpool Hospital donates nerve conduction machine to Nigeria (PDF)
The West African nation of Nigeria is set to receive a nerve conduction study machine thanks to doctors at Liverpool Hospital.
08-Aug-2018

New volunteer service focuses on care and compassion (PDF)
A Buddhist nun will be available to support patients nearing the end of life and their loved ones as part of a new palliative care volunteer program starting at Fairfield Hospital on 10 August.
07-Aug-2018

Promoting the benefits of breastfeeding (PDF)
School students will join South Western Sydney Local Health District to promote breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August).
31-Jul-2018

Liverpool Hospital ends Dry July with a splash (PDF)
The team at Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre have discovered the best way to celebrate the end of Dry July – dunking their bosses.
30-Jul-2018

Liverpool Hospital hosts cutting-edge robotic surgery training for surgical and nursing trainees (PDF)
In a first for the Australasian region, Liverpool Hospital hosted a comprehensive robotic surgery training seminar specifically aimed at surgical and nursing trainees.
30-Jul-2018

Nurses help families to make the ultimate gift (PDF)
With kindness, gentleness and compassion during the most difficult of times, South Western Sydney Local Health District’s donation specialist nurses help families give the gift of life.
26-Jul-2018

Suite of enhanced services to boost children’s care (PDF)
More Macarthur region children will be treated closer to home with Campbelltown Hospital’s new paediatric centre adding a greater range of surgical, medical and outpatient services.
26-Jul-2018

Celebrating generations of inspiration (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District staff will recognise the contributions of generations of Aboriginal women at a special NAIDOC Week event. Aboriginal staff members will speak about the Aboriginal women who have inspired them and shaped the direction their lives took.
24-Jul-2018

Liverpool Hospital to host cutting-edge robotic surgery training for surgical and nursing trainees (PDF)
In a first for the Australasian region, Liverpool Hospital will host a comprehensive robotic surgery training day specifically aimed at surgical and nursing trainees. Professor Les Bokey, Director of Surgery and Research, South Western Sydney Local Health District, said the three day training event would also include introductory training in using the Mimic robotic simulator.
24-Jul-2018

Wheely good donation for Bowral & District Hospital (PDF)
A donation of 10 wheelchairs from the Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) is set to benefit patients at Bowral & District Hospital. Joel Bardsley, General Manager, said the chairs would be used across the hospital for patients and carers who need a wheelchair for short term use.
17-Jul-2018

Liverpool Hospital winning the fight to save patients’ limbs (PDF)
A multidisciplinary clinic at Liverpool Hospital is ensuring patients at high risk of losing a lower limb to diabetes or other health problems can keep on top of their symptoms.
16-Jul-2018

Liverpool Hospital junior doctors show off their skills (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital’s junior doctors have shown they can’t be beaten when it comes to sharp clinical skills and performing under pressure
12-Jul-2018

Women’s contributions celebrated during NAIDOC Week (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District will celebrate its female Aboriginal staff members and their important contributions during NAIDOC Week.
09-Jul-2018

Fairfield Hospital claims victory in Kangaroo-a-thon (PDF)
Fairfield Hospital staff might have claimed the Miracle Babies Kangaroo-a-thon title, but parents and babies are the real winners. Kangaroo care is skin-to-skin contact between a new baby and one of its parents, usually on the parent’s chest.
04-Jul-2018

Nurses help families to make the ultimate gift (PDF)
With kindness, gentleness and compassion during the most difficult of times, South Western Sydney Local Health District’s donation specialist nurses help families give the gift of life.
26-Jun-2018

Government supporting more families with innovative Karitane Telehealth strategy (PDF)
NSW: In an Australia-first for new parents and their families, not for profit and registered charity Karitane is launching Telehealth virtual home visits to families all across NSW with $300,000 new financial support a year from the NSW Government.
25-Jun-2018

Celebrating refugees in south western Sydney (PDF)
The unique contribution refugees make to Australian society has been celebrated at South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Refugee Week event. Representatives from refugee health services, community organisations and South Western Sydney Local Health District heard from speakers, including former refugees, at the Liverpool Hospital event on 19 June.
22-Jun-2018

Pledge to report elder abuse in south western Sydney (PDF)
Older people are front and centre in a joint commitment to end elder abuse between South Western Sydney Local Health District, police, aged care and health representatives. To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday 15 June, Amanda Larkin, the District’s Chief Executive signed a Statement of Commitment alongside representatives from the NSW Police Force, Aged Care, Multicultural Health, Aboriginal Health and National LGBTI Health Alliance Silver Rainbow.
22-Jun-2018

Exercise is the best medicine (PDF)
Cancer patients from the Macarthur region have a new weapon in their arsenal to fight cancer – the benefits of exercise. Patients are experiencing better health and wellbeing and improving their chances of survival thanks to two exercise programs offered through the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre at Campbelltown Hospital.
21-Jun-2018

Generous bequest to boost cancer, heart research (PDF)
Cancer and heart patients at Liverpool Hospital will benefit from a $750,000 bequest from an anonymous donor for medical research. The bequest will be split equally between cancer research, heart research and a general donation to the hospital. In the last financial year South Western Sydney Local Health District invested $15 million in medical research.
15-Jun-2018

Campbelltown’s world-class cancer care (PDF)
Campbelltown Hospital’s outpatient cancer clinic, the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, has been rated the best in New South Wales for the second year in a row. The Bureau for Health Information’s 2016 Outpatient Cancer Clinics patient survey found the Hospital was significantly better than the NSW average on 19 questions, the best of any cancer centre in the state.
13-Jun-2018

A showcase of innovation and research excellence (PDF)
The next generation of research stars will take part in a “Battle of the Mentors” event as part of the 13th annual Health Beyond Research and Innovation Showcase. South Western Sydney Local Health District and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research are presenting the showcase on June 6 and 7 featuring south western Sydney’s ground-breaking medical and healthcare research.
04-Jun-2018

Working with Aboriginal communities, for Aboriginal communities (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is encouraging the community to acknowledge this year’s National Reconciliation Week theme “Don’t Keep History a Mystery. Learn. Share. Grow”. As part of National Reconciliation Week, all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help the nation grow.
31-May-2018

Launch of medical textbook translated into Chinese (PDF)
Doctors and medical staff across China will have access to the latest information in geriatric care after a senior Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital clinician’s textbook was translated into the Chinese language. A team of Chinese doctors, including senior staff in the geriatric department of the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, has worked for more than two years on the translation of Professor Daniel Chan’s textbook Chan’s Practical Geriatrics.
28-May-2018

A showcase of innovation and research excellence (PDF)
Television might have The Voice but the Health Beyond Research and Innovation Showcase will have its own version of the hit show featuring the next generation of research stars. South Western Sydney Local Health District and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research are presenting their 13th annual showcase on June 6 and 7 featuring south western Sydney’s ground-breaking medical and healthcare research.
25-May-2018

Beautiful blooms life spirits (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital’s Palliative Care Ward was full of vibrant colour and happiness this week after a special delivery of beautiful potted flowers from the Giác Huê Buddhist Temple in Cabramatta.
25-May-2018

Therapeutic harp comforts and sooths patients (PDF)
Beautiful melodies from a small harp are bringing comfort and joy to the patients of Camden Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit. The 10 volunteers at the unit raised the money to fund the $888 purchase of the Reverie Harp after the instrument’s success in soothing patients and promoting relaxation in palliative care in Australia and overseas.
25-May-2018

Stub out smoking for good this World No Tobacco Day (PDF)
Make World No Tobacco Day (31 May) the day you finally give cigarettes the flick. Health experts from South Western Sydney Local Health District say tobacco smoking is a leading cause of preventable disease and death in Australia, including coronary heart disease, stroke and many cancers.
24-May-2018

Ground-breaking research saves lives (PDF)
The development of a new medicine to treat advanced prostate cancer and the use of medicinal cannabis for terminally ill patients are among more than 300 clinical trials in progress across south western Sydney.
18-May-2018

Generous donation to cancer wellness services (PDF)
The family and friends of the late Wakeley resident Cong Thanh Huynh have made a big-hearted gesture as a special tribute to the much-loved man. Liverpool Hospital’s Cancer Wellness Centre has received a $30,000 donation from Mr Huynh’s widow Thi Thon Le after family and friends donated the money in lieu of flowers at his funeral.
17-May-2018

Medical students to help shape Campbelltown Hospital’s future (PDF)
Two Western Sydney University medical students will help shape Campbelltown Hospital’s future after winning Health Business Leadership Scholarships. Second year students Courtney Smith and Kaitlyn Hockey will contribute to the planning of the hospital’s $632 million stage two redevelopment as the scholarship recipients.
17-May-2018

New volunteer service focuses on care and compassion (PDF)
Volunteers are supporting patients nearing the end of life and their loved ones with understanding and compassion as part of a new service at Bowral & District Hospital. The hospital is starting a palliative care volunteer program ahead of Palliative Care Week from 20-26 May.
17-May-2018

Community members shape Campbelltown Hospital’s future (PDF)
A mother of children with special needs and a business owner are among more than 20 community representatives joining the team to plan the $632 million redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital.
11-May-2018

Call for South Western Sydney Local Health District Board nominations (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is seeking nominations for its board, providing community members with the opportunity to play a leadership role in the delivery of world-class healthcare to their community.
08-May-2018

Saving lives one hand wash at a time (PDF)
Hand hygiene and preventing the spread of illnesses like sepsis is up to all of us, experts from South Western Sydney Local Health District say.
05-May-2018

Get vaccinated to beat the flu bug (PDF)
Free flu jabs will be available from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday 1 May at Liverpool Hospital as part of South Western Sydney Local Health District’s campaign to encourage the community to get vaccinated this winter.
27-Apr-2018

New plan to promote patient care with creative arts (PDF)
New plan to promote patient care with creative arts
23-Apr-2018

Technology putting the patient experience front and centre (PDF)
An innovative patient survey is being introduced at South Western Sydney Local Health District to provide real-time feedback on patient experience. The My Experience Matters survey uses tablets to give patients and their carers the opportunity to provide real-time feedback about their experience.
19-Apr-2018

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital staff to commemorate ANZAC Day (PDF)
Staff and volunteers at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital commemorated ANZAC Day this year, in partnership with Bankstown RSL, with a service at the Hospital.
18-Apr-2018

Community to honour ANZAC Day at Liverpool Hospital (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital colorectal surgeon, and Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) Reserve Major, Dr Kate Gibson, will address the hospital’s ANZAC Day service this year.
18-Apr-2018

Fairfield Hospital to commemorate ANZAC Day (PDF)
Fairfield Hospital will commemorate ANZAC Day this year with a service that will recognise the contribution of all servicemen and women.
18-Apr-2018

NSW Health warns of Legionnaires’ risk (PDF)
NSW Health is investigating a possible contamination source following confirmation three people have developed Legionnaires’ disease after spending time in the Macquarie Fields area.
13-Apr-2018

New research means difficult veins no longer a painful problem (PDF)
Nurses at Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals have developed a new cannula insertion method set to make life easier for patients with veins that are difficult to access. The research team, led by Liverpool Hospital Clinical Nurse Consultant and Western Sydney University Senior Lecturer, Dr Evan Alexandrou, developed a protocol that uses ultrasound to guide the insertion of catheters for these patients.
12-Apr-2018

Healthy relationships to be front and centre this Youth Week (PDF)
Youth health experts will focus on promoting healthy relationships and spreading the word about sexual health this Youth Week. The Week runs from 13 to 22 April and is an opportunity for young people aged 12 to 24 years old to share ideas, attend events, celebrate their contribution to the community and learn about the services available to them.
05-Apr-2018

Public Health Unit advises residents to protect against mosquitoes (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District Public Health Unit is urging people to take extra precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases. This is particularly important for people enjoying outdoor activities such as camping or fishing in areas with high mosquito numbers over the Easter long weekend..
01-Apr-2018

Don’t let nutrition fail you this April Falls Day (PDF)
Health experts are promoting the power of good nutrition and proper hydration to prevent falls this April Falls Day, 1 April. Dr Friedbert Kohler, the South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Director of Aged Care and Rehabilitation, said eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty water was something that could fall away as people aged.
27-Mar-2018

Get moving, eat well this Seniors Festival (PDF)
Getting active in a group, eating well and staying hydrated are cornerstones of this year’s NSW Seniors Festival events in the South Western Sydney Local Health District. Running from 4 to 15 April, the festival is the ideal way for the District to promote important health messages to senior citizens, while having a bit of fun.
27-Mar-2018

Focus on the physical health of people living with a mental illness (PDF)
The health and wellbeing gap between people with and without a mental illness will be the focus of a forum to be held this week. The South Western Sydney Wellbeing Collaboration’s Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing Forum will address the 20-year life expectancy gap and look at ways cancer, heart and lung diseases can be prevented.
20-Mar-2018

Closing the Gap a way of life in south western Sydney (PDF)
Closing the Gap on health outcomes and life expectancy for Aboriginal communities is one of South Western Sydney Local Health District’s key priorities. The District is home to one of the largest Aboriginal populations in metropolitan Sydney and there are numerous culturally appropriate programs to improve health outcomes for the community.
16-Mar-2018

Spoilt for choice with Campbelltown Hospital’s new Auxiliary shop (PDF)
Babies born at Campbelltown will be spoilt for choice with the opening of a new Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary baby shop. Alison Derrett, Campbelltown Hospital General Manager thanked the Auxiliary volunteers for their dedication to raising money for the hospital and congratulated them on the opening of the new shop.
15-Mar-2018

A community hospital with cutting edge innovation (PDF)
Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital’s new General Manager, Karen Edwards, has big plans for the future.
13-Mar-2018

Hundreds of new graduates take the leap into nursing (PDF)
More than 270 new nurses and midwives have begun their nursing and midwifery careers at South Western Sydney Local Health District.
13-Mar-2018

The future of healthcare in the south west (PDF)
Robotic surgery and the use of cutting-edge technology to fight cancer will be among South Western Sydney Local Health District’s strategic goals during the next four years. The District will be at the forefront of healthcare innovation and delivery with the launch today of its comprehensive Strategic Plan 2018-2021.
27-Feb-2018

Program helping kids launch into school (PDF)
Paediatric speech pathologists and occupational therapists at Liverpool Hospital are making sure children with communication difficulties get the best possible start to school.
22-Feb-2018

Junior doctors jump into medical careers (PDF)
More than 100 new doctors have begun the first phase of their careers, joining south western Sydney hospitals as interns.
16-Feb-2018

Wear red for yourself and for loved ones on 14 February (PDF)
While you’re buying flowers and heart-shaped cards for your Valentine this 14 February, spare a thought for those with loved ones who have died from heart disease.
13-Feb-2018

Prostate, breast cancer remain a concern this World Cancer Day (PDF)
As we pause to mark World Cancer Day this Sunday, 4 February, it is the ideal time to take note of ways in which we can reduce the incidence and impact of cancer.
01-Feb-2018

New Cardiac Interventional Unit opens at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital (PDF)
The Bankstown community is set to benefit from a new state-of-the-art $1.6 million Cardiac Interventional Unit.

Director of the Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital unit, Dr Kaleab Asrress, said heart disease remained the biggest killer in Australia, as well as south western Sydney. The Cardiac Interventional Unit, officially launched today, would change the lives of patients with heart disease, and help with the fight against it, he said.

23-Jan-2018

Make the change with Go4Fun this summer (PDF)
Looking for a way to get your family fitter and healthier but don’t know how to get started? Get a taster in easy and practically-minded healthy lifestyle changes with the free 10 week Go4Fun program.
17-Jan-2018

Raising awareness of vicarious trauma (PDF)
A South Western Sydney Local Health District Drug Health Nurse has started a campaign to help drug and alcohol nurses and doctors recognise the signs of vicarious trauma in themselves and their colleagues.
16-Jan-2018

Make 2018 your healthiest year yet (PDF)
Many people like to start a new year off with pledges to eat better and exercise more, drink less alcohol and give up smoking.
08-Jan-2018

Keep kids in sight around water this summer (PDF)
South western Sydney residents are being urged to ensure the safety of children in and around the water this summer, particularly if they are new to Australia.
05-Jan-2018

Slip, slop, slap this summer (PDF)
Cancer experts are urging people to be sun smart this summer and avoid skin damage while enjoying the sun this summer.
05-Jan-2018


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