Kevin Hogan MP with Lynne Weir, executive director of NNSWLHD’s Richmond/Clarence Health Service Group, in the newly refurbished ED at Casino Hospital.

The long-awaited upgrade of the emergency department at Casino and District Memorial Hospital was officially opened on 7 October, with Federal MP for Page Kevin Hogan jubilant about the Federal government’s role in funding the extensive refurbishment.

The upgrade had long been advocated by community representatives, and patients and families, and supported by staff having to work within its confined, outdated space and unattractive ambience.

Networking Health NSW will cease operations tomorrow, 1 October 2015. 

The organisation under its former rubric, General Practice NSW, had provided State based support for NSW Divisions of General Practice since the inception of Divisions in the early 90s. Under the Labor government's Medical Locals, support organisations at both the State and Federal level were abolished. GP NSW had thus been operating on its accumulated funds, members fees and specific project funding since June 2011. The decision to defund State Based Organisations (SBOs) was not reversed by the Abbott coalition government following its election victory in September 2013. 


New, world-class treatment for breast cancer patients at Genesis CancerCare Queensland’s centre at John Flynn Private Hospital at Tugun is providing peace of mind and a reduced risk of potential cardiac side effects.

Whilst modern radiotherapy for left sided breast cancer is a well-proven treatment with low side-effects, the new treatment further reduces the risk of radiation injury to the heart.

The regional cancer support and palliative care organisation Tweed Palliative Support (TPS) has won 2015 Best Community or Social Service Award and the top 2015 Best Business in Tweed Award at the recent Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire.

TPS, a not-for-profit group run largely by volunteers, was the subject of the cover story in the Winter edition of GP Speak.

The Southern Cross University judging panel was impressed by the TPS submission’s presentation of successful and inspiring events, partnerships and advocacies, according to TPS National Project Manager Liza Nagy.

The organisation’s outstanding fundraising effort, which included their Murwillumbah op shops, was also acknowledged.

Bernadette Loughnane, executive director NNSWLHD Tweed-Byron health service group, Sam Sangster chief executive Health Infrastructure NSW, Chris Crawford LHD chief executive, Chris Gulaptis, NSW parliamentary secretary for the north coast, NSW health minister Jillian Skinner, and Dr Brian Pezzutti, chair LHD board.

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, accompanied by the Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Chris Gulaptis, and representatives from NNSW LHD and Health Infrastructure NSW visited the Byron Central Hospital (BCH) construction site on 29 September to mark the ‘lock-up’ stage of the purpose-built $88M facility.