Welcome to the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD). Geographically, we are the largest of all 15 LHDs in NSW. We cover almost 250,000km2 and are home to more than 276,000 people.
Our District is home to more than 30,700 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. This represents over 11% of our population, significantly higher than the total NSW Aboriginal population rate of 3.6%.
We provide innovative healthcare through a vast range of services, including:
- the largest rural mental health service in Australia
- 3 major rural referral hospitals at Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst
- 38 inpatient facilities, including 25 multipurpose services
- 50 community health centres with a wide range of multidisciplinary primary and community health services.
Acknowledgement to Country
Western NSW Local Health District respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of the Country throughout Western NSW, and their continuing connection to land, water and community.
We pay our respect to traditional custodians, our Elders both past and present and acknowledge the Aboriginal people of the nations that we have the privilege to live and work on.
We share and celebrate the rich history of Aboriginal culture, and recognise the diverse and proud Aboriginal nations across our District.
Our vision is to support healthier people and thriving communities.
Our purpose is to deliver exceptional care to the people of Western NSW.
Our board, executive, managers and staff work together to support our values of collaboration, openness, respect and empowerment in everything we do.
1. Improved health and wellbeing of our people.
2. Meaningful gains in Aboriginal health.
3. World class rural healthcare.
4. One service across many places.
Our strategies, plans and reports
We work to a number of strategies and plans that help us deliver our goal of healthier rural people and thriving communities. Find out more.
Meet our board, our executive leadership team and learn about our team of around 8,000 healthcare professionals making a difference in our communities.
We welcome your questions, feedback, compliments and complaints as they help us improve our services. Learn how to get in contact with us.
Our vision in action
Improving Aboriginal health
We're committed to improving Aboriginal health and making all our services accessible, respectful and culturally safe places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Learn about our strategies and initiatives.
World leaders in virtual care
Our virtual care services use video or phone technology to offer patients and consumers a convenient way to connect with health professionals, without leaving home.
We want to help keep you and your family healthy and out of hospital. We offer tools and resources to improve your health including quitting smoking and preventing chronic conditions such as diabetes.
Make a real difference
Western NSW LHD is more than just a place to work, it's a way of life. We're rural people who care for our community. If you'd like to challenge yourself, make an impact and be part of the future of rural health, we'd love to hear from you.
Learn more, hear our stories and find out what opportunities could be waiting for you.
Our hospitals and facilities
We have 3 large hospitals, located in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo. We also have 4 hospitals at Forbes and Parkes (collectively known as the Lachlan Health Service), Mudgee and Cowra that conduct medical procedures. We have a range of smaller hospitals in our region and we also provide residential aged care to more than 400 people through 25 multipurpose services.
We provide a large range of allied health services to thousands of people. These services include public health, public dental, mental health, drug and alcohol services, and more.