Aboriginal Health Service

Lily loves her new role

• Sarah Thorpe and Doctor Lily Ward at the friendly faces are the Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service.You can find them at 86 Bathurst Street, Condobolin or phone them on 02 6895 4344. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Lily Ward is more than happy to be back in Condobolin.

She is the dentist at the Condobolin Aboriginal Dental Health Service, and is settling into her new role with support from her colleagues and the community.

“I just love working in Condobolin,” Dr Ward said.

She is passionate and dedicated to ensuring locals have access to great dental care and promoting good dental health.

“This is such a modern facility with two full equipped treatment rooms and state-of-the-art amenities,” she explained.

The entire Condobolin community is able to access the Condobolin Aboriginal Dental Health Service.

“The service is for everybody in the community.

“Sometimes there is a misconception that the service is not available to all, and that is simply not true.

“The staff here have been absolutely fantastic. They are a really relaxed and friendly team.”

Dr Ward spent five years training to become a dentist, and is relishing being back in her home town.

“I always wanted to do something in health, and I had a great dentist growing up, so that was a positive argument for me to go into the profession,” she said.

Dr Ward is the daughter of Mark and Danni Ward. She lives on a property with her fiancé, which is between Condobolin and Forbes.

Condo provides rural experience for Med students

Medical students come to Condobolin every year to gain practical medical experience in a rural environment. This year’s students are on their way out, but say their time in Condobolin has been invaluable.

• University of Western Sydney medical students, Sing Huey Cheng and Leo Gong, in the doctor’s surgery. LP

By Lara Pearce

Medical students come to Condobolin every year to gain practical medical experience in a rural environment. This year’s students are on their way out, but say their time in Condobolin has been invaluable.

Medicine students Sing Huey Cheng and Leo Gong are in their fifth and final year of studying Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. They have spent the last five weeks doing their medicine prac at the Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service on Bathurst Street.

“It’s our first time in the country so it’s been really different,” said Medicine student Leo Gong. “We have got to try out lots of different things.”

Fellow student Sing Huey Cheng is considering specialising in Cardiology once he finishes his Medicine degree. He believes it is the welcoming community which have made their time in Condobolin so enjoyable.

“The staff here are really nice and they are really looking after us,” he said.

As well as assisting the nurses and doctor with daily appointments, the students helped run the Heart and Kidney Awareness Week program testing community members’ blood pressure, blood sugar levels, weight and temperature and advising them as to healthy lifestyle practices.

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