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.