About the Far West LHD

The Far West Local Health District covers 194,949 square kilometres and is geographically the second largest Local Health District in NSW.

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About us

The Far West LHD is geographically the second largest of the 15 Local Health Districts (LHD) across NSW.

We provide health care for more than 30,000 people living across 194,949 km2, including those in the Silver City of Broken Hill.

Far West LHD has the most spread-out population of any in NSW, and the highest proportion of Aboriginal residents (12%).

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Our vision

Our vision is Excellence in Rural and Remote Health.
We offer high quality patient care and services, and work with our communities to help them to be as healthy as possible.

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Our values

Our Board, executive, managers and staff work together to support the values of collaboration, openness, respect and empowerment in everything we do.

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Our priorities

Give evidence-based, quality, integrated health care to all.
Communicate and collaborate effectively.
Be accountable and an employer of choice.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Far West Local Health District acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands within its boundaries including the Barkandji, the Muthi Muthi, the Wilyakali, the Ngiyampaa, the Wadigali, the Malyangaba and the Wangkumara.

We acknowledge and pay respects to the Elders past and present and their ancient wisdoms. We also acknowledge the Aboriginal community members who are part of our communities today.

Our team and functions

Our team

Meet some of the people who provide our services.

Our board

Meet the people who make decisions about how we operate.

Reports and performance

Read our annual and financial reports, Service Agreement and Strategic Plan.

Aboriginal health

Find out about the support we provide for communities to be healthy and access services that meet their needs.


Find out about the wide range of public health services available to the diverse communities across Far West NSW, and how to access them.


Discover the hospitals, multipurpose and community health centres in Far West NSW, what they offer and how to find and contact them.

Contact us

Find out how to contact us, provide feedback and locate our services.

Privacy information

We take the protection of health privacy and personal information seriously. Find out about the privacy laws and policies that apply to us, and your rights.

Living and working in the Far West

In the ‘Welcome to the Far West Local Health District’ video, staff share their experiences of working in our modern facilities and the beautiful towns and communities we serve.

Discover why people love living and working in our unique region.
Our togetherness is our strength and we invite you to be a part of our vision to help our communities live their best lives.


Welcome to the Far West Local Health District

Far West Local Health District is one of 15 Local Health Districts under NSW Health, providing high-quality public health services to the communities in far west NSW.

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Video transcript

Welcome to the Far West Local Health District

Here at Far West Local Health District, we have a clear mandate. And that is to provide the highest quality care and services to our communities using the latest clinical evidence and technological enablers.

Our vision is to create excellence in rural and remote healthcare. Everything we do is underpinned by our CORE values of collaboration, openness, respect and empowerment. Key to our success of course, is our people. Our workforce is inclusive and diverse. We employ well over 800 clinicians and support staff and visiting specialists from around Australia. We are in fact, one of the largest employers in our region. Our staff are connected to their communities which drives us to go the extra mile in providing a high-quality service.

One of our highest priorities is to deliver patient-centred care. We train all of our staff so that we have the right staff delivering the right care at the right time. From the porters to the cleaners to the nurses to the doctors. It’s our core business to keep patients safe and when they’re transferred home that they have the appropriate referrals and they’re looked after in their own home. 

We are the second largest LHD by geography. We cover some 200,000 square kilometres. Our population is just over 30,000 and are serviced by 9 facilities. 7 public health facilities and 2 multi purpose services.

The iconic, nationally heritage listed town of Broken Hill makes up our central hub and is home to the largest hospital in the region.

If you’re travelling out to Broken Hill it might seem a long way but when you get here you realise it’s an oasis in the outback. It’s a place that’s friendly, it’s a place that as you walk down the street people say hello and it’s a place that when people come they want to stay.

Outside of Broken Hill, our 8 district health facilities are based in Balranald, Buronga, Ivanhoe, Menindee, Tibooburra, Wentworth, White Cliffs and Wilcannia. 

In most of our facilities we’re working in small communities, anything from a hundred person town up to about a sixteen hundred person town, so you really connect with the community, you get to understand the needs in the community and work closely with community members to help them manage their health and their family’s health short term and long term.

Our commitment to our community is unwavering in that we want to provide the best possible care.

Far West really is a unique place to live and work. From the spectacular red desert landscapes of the Aussie outback on the one hand, to the lush, greenery of our lower western sector. 

Here in the far west we have one of the largest Aboriginal populations in New South Wales. 13 per cent of our community members are Aboriginal. So in the Far West Local Health District we are doing a number of things to ensure that we are caring for the health needs and the cultural needs of our community members.

Planning for here and now and for the future needs of our communities is at the heart of our regional strategy. We cannot do the work that we do without our key partnerships. We work very closely with our service partners such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Aboriginal Health Services Maari Ma and Coomealla Health, Primary Health Network and various NGO’s scattered throughout the region.

Here in Fast West we work together to make a real difference to the lives of our communities.

We are committed to doing everything that we can to achieving better health outcomes for our communities and in partnership with our communities.

Our togetherness is our strength.

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