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Ability to make a difference

Dubbo Hospital cares for the 52,000 people who reside in the Dubbo Regional Council area and a catchment of 150,000 people providing critical care, inpatient, outpatient and critical outreach support to rural and remote communities within hundreds of kilometres proximity to the regional city. The population is ageing and 11 percent per capita are Aboriginal; with rurality, long distances to services, high burden of chronic disease and social determinants of health all playing a significant role in the health of the region.

Dubbo Hospital has a proud history of pioneering achievements in health and the opportunity to make a difference is demonstrated by the triumphs of past and current clinicians.

On 2 June 2017, the NSW Government pledged $10 million in addition to the Federal Government’s $25 million commitment to deliver the Integrated Cancer Centre for Dubbo Hospital.

The Western Cancer Centre will include a PET CT Scanner for cancer diagnostics, a bunker for radiation therapy, 16 chemotherapy treatment spaces and a master planned area to future proof an area for a second radiation therapy bunker – delivering life-saving care much closer to home.

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD), of which Dubbo Health Service belongs, is committed to improving the health of Aboriginal people: we identify this as a priority for the organisation. In line with this, an Aboriginal Health Plan and implementation roadmap has been developed to provide direction and track our progress against key Aboriginal health priority areas.

For more information about this commitment refer to the WNSWLHD’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Improving Aboriginal Health Strategy 2018-2023.

Nurse Unit Manager of Cancer Services, Tim Williams describes the growth in demand for cancer services and the plans for the new Western NSW Integrated Cancer Centre, with full cancer services including chemotherapy, haematology, radiation therapy and PET scanner capabilities.
“My proudest achievement is establishing a stroke pathway which is improving the care of patients throughout western NSW, and for setting up the neurophysiology service which means EEG and nerve conduction studies are available for all patients” Dr Kate Crossley

Kidney specialist, Dr James Collett is part of a team which looks after patients in 19 towns including Dubbo for renal dialysis and kidney disease issues. 48 percent of the patients seen by the unit are Aboriginal and range from 18 to 90 years old. Many of these patients need to travel hundreds of kilometres for care. Dr Collett and his colleagues routinely deliver outreach clinics in communities like Brewarrina and Walgett. The redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital includes a new renal unit.

A poster promoting the Garrangan Health tour, with an Aboriginal man making music with two boomerangs and with Aboriginal kids behind him dancing
Renal physicians from Dubbo Health Service partner with Aboriginal people in western NSW to provide critical kidney health services and culturally appropriate and inclusive chronic disease prevention and wellbeing advice
hemodialysis in people on the equipment
The Renal Unit at Dubbo Health Service staff travel 2-3,000 kilometres a month providing outreach services to patients in 19 towns in north western NSW. Almost half of these patients are Aboriginal people.