New health services manager for Parkes and Forbes

By Dominic Geiger

A new Lachlan Health Service Manager has been appointed to oversee the running of health services for the communities of Parkes and Forbes.
Catherine Nowlan, who officially began the position in late March, said she was currently focussing on sharing resources between the hospital campuses of the two towns to create a more sustainable approach to healthcare.
“We have already started twice daily bed management meetings with the unit managers at the two hospitals to see if there’s a need to share resources,” she said.
“We look at who’s where and if anyone needs support.
“Twice a week we do the same thing with Orange Base Hospital.”
Catherine said she believed she had been selected for the job based on her extensive experience with health, her masters in health administration and her interest in rural health.
“I have worked in Birdsville and Alice Springs [among other places],” she said.
“Although Birdsville is a small town, it experiences 30,000 tourists a year and I was one of only two nurses at the hospital.
“As a nurse in Birdsville you cover the hospital, all the tourists and a 196,000 km2 area, so you go Birdsville to Bedourie with the Royal Flying Doctor Service as back up.”
Prior to beginning her new job, Catherine worked as the site manager for the two hospitals at Bloomfield and Orange.
Catherine said she was looking forward to creating a more harmonised health service for residents throughout the region.
“With two (hospital) campuses sharing all resources we can be more sustainable,” she said.

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