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New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health unit to help improve health outcomes

By |July 11th, 2019|

Photo: Dr Derek Chong joined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit team members at the Longreach Hospital NAIDOC week celebration. From left: Ronell Patuwai, Brandon Graham, Patricia Brotherton, Karen Mills, Cheryl Hooper, Dr Derek Chong and Kerry Thompson. Central West Hospital and Health Service has announced the formation of a new Aboriginal and Torres [...]

Boulia Well-being Centre and Primary Healthcare Centre Replacement Project Update

By |July 11th, 2019|

Photo: Concrete piers installed and ready for subfloor works and trenching for cabling Works are progressing well on the Boulia Well-being Centre and Primary Healthcare Centre Replacement Project, with significant changes onsite including: Concrete piers are installed and preparations are underway to start subfloor structural works Trenching is complete for data and communication services Offsite, prefabricated [...]

Enjoy the Outback but remember your meds

By |July 3rd, 2019|

Photo: Birdsville Primary Health Centre Director of Nursing Jess O’Dea. Thousands of visitors heading to popular outback tourist events in remote Central Western communities in coming months are being reminded to carry adequate stocks of their usual prescription medications. Birdsville Primary Health Centre Director of Nursing Jess O’Dea said visitors to the far western regions should [...]

Helping patients navigate the health system

By |July 3rd, 2019|

Photo: Clocking up the kilometres: Central West Hospital and Health Service Nurse Navigator Simone Champion. Often, the health system can be a complex and challenging system for people to navigate. This can become even harder when poor health occurs or when having to leave home for care is required. It can make balancing the demands of [...]

Taking care of loved ones through their final stages

By |July 3rd, 2019|

Photo: Central West Hospital and Health Service Acting General Manager Primary Health Care Jen Williams. No one much likes to talk about it but end of life is something that every single one of us will experience, both personally and with loved ones. For Longreach’s Roach family, when husband and father Brian died in April, he [...]

New screening equipment to support healthy pregnancy

By |June 5th, 2019|

Photo:  Longreach Hospital midwives Peace TeKani – left – and Jane Tapper with the carbon monoxide screening Smokerlyzer. Carbon monoxide screening equipment is being introduced in the Longreach Hospital Maternity Unit to support a state-wide healthy pregnancy pilot program. Central West Health Maternal and Child Health Services Manager Deirdre Murphy said the Get Healthy in [...]

Central West moves to sugar-free drinks by 1 July

By |June 5th, 2019|

All drinks sold at Central West Hospital and Health Service facilities will be sugar-free or healthier options. “Over the past few months, we have introduced a program to oversee the implementation of Queensland Health’s Healthier Drinks at Healthcare Facilities directive,’’ Central West Health Chief Executive Jane Hancock said.  The directive will become mandatory for all [...]

Early results from Longreach maternity survey highlight positive experiences

By |June 5th, 2019|

A survey of women who have used Longreach Hospital’s maternity service has shown overwhelming support for and satisfaction with the service. Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles said initial responses to the survey had highlighted just how well regarded the service was. The recently completed survey of women who had their babies while living [...]

Rehabilitation service for Central West residents celebrates 2nd anniversary

By |June 5th, 2019|

An innovative rehabilitation service supporting Central West residents has more than doubled the number of community-based places being accessed since starting two years ago. Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles said the innovative service at the Bolton Clarke Pioneers Retirement Community in Longreach was a partnership between the Central West Hospital and Health Service [...]

Battling obesity in the Central West

By |June 5th, 2019|

Central West health authorities are reminding local communities that unhealthy behaviours can lead to potentially preventable hospitalisations and premature death. The warning comes in the wake of a recently released report that shows 2 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 children in Queensland are considered overweight or obese. The Changes in weight status of [...]

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