Local medical practitioners support call for sugary drinks tax to tackle obesity and preventable disease


GP Dr Dale Ford and Surgeon Mr Stephen Clifforth support GenR8 Change and WDHS calls for a sugary drinks tax

Local GP Dr Dale Ford and Surgeon Mr Stephen Clifforth say they can’t understand why there isn’t more of a public outcry over preventable disease in this country.

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Lesley’s course leads to award and new career



Apart from raising eight children with husband Bruce and working their sheep and cropping farm north of Hamilton, Lesley Bastock-Lewis has transformed into an award-winning student with a new career in nursing. 

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South West Victorian Petition for Sugar Tax


WDHS CEO Rohan Fitzgerald

A south-west Victorian petition calling for a sugar tax to reduce the consumption of sweet drinks in Australia is taking on a new national direction.

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Hamilton’s health crusade as locals back national tax on sugar


Hamilton locals are urging the rest of Australia to join their sugar crusade. Picture: Ian Currie


March 12, 2017 7:30pm

A VICTORIAN town has turned its back on sugar and says it’s a sweet idea the rest of the nation should follow.

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Emergency simulation training improving patient care


GP Obstetrician, Dr Jan Slabbert, Midwife Shamim Mahabeer and Registered Nurse, Rachel Clarke work through an emergency scenario with ‘patient’ / Midwife Melissa Sutherland

Western District Health Service (WDHS) is participating in a new program that will increase opportunities for hands on, in-house training in obstetric emergencies.

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Speech Pathologist, Sue Cameron leaves WDHS after 32 years


Speech Pathologist, Sue Cameron leaves WDHS after 32 years

After 32 years working as a Speech Pathologist at Western District Health Service (WDHS), Sue Cameron can’t count how many children and families she has met, but she is sure it is in the thousands.

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40 Years of Nursing


Registered Nurses Jo Richards, Fiona Cogger, Wendy Wathen, Kaye Roberts - Rundell and Enrolled Nurse Sonja Gould enjoy a catch up to recognise 40 years of nursing

Five Western District Health Service (WDHS) nurses celebrate an impressive 40 years of nursing in 2017.

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Community leaders join the call for sugar tax


Surgeon, Mr Stephen Clifforth, Hamilton and District Skills Centre Manager, Tony MacGillivray and Mayor, Mary Ann Brown join forces to advocate for a sugar tax on sugar sweetened beverages

Community leaders have joined the call for a sugar tax to address rising levels of overweight and obesity in the Wannon Electorate.

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Glenvale School Lakes Edge Challenge


Children from the Glenvale School and Principal, Geoff Parker present their Lakes Edge Challenge donation to WDHS Director of Nursing, Lorraine Hedley

December 6 2016

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Going the distance for people with cancer


Winner of the Mens 21km, David Staehr from Kaniva

November 10, 2016

Several hundred runners and walkers ‘went the distance’ to raise funds for the new cancer treatment area at WDHS at the 8th Annual Vitality Fun Run.

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