Health

Costly battle against awful disease

This year, dementia is estimated to cost Australians a massive $14.67 billion. And that figure is expected to skyrocket in the next 40 years, according...

Government to tackle drug epidemic

Thousands of methamphetamine users and their families across Lindsay will see more support to battle against the ‘Ice’ epidemic. The final report from the National...

Even in his darkest days, Merv is thinking of others

A man who has given so much to the community keeps on giving, even in his darkest days. 59-year-old Merv Adlington was the founder of...

Raising funds to fight Melanoma

It hasn't been an easy ride for Emma Dunlop, of Cranebrook, after she was told she had stage four Melanoma. Ms Dunlop is now hoping...

Turning tragedy into triumph

After becoming paralysed from separate freak motorcycle accidents, two West Australian men have turned their adversity into advocacy. Terry Mader and Jim Cairns founded disability...

New signs aim to Make Healthy Normal

Signs encouraging more physical activity have been installed at playgrounds throughout Penrith. Penrith Council and the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) have teamed...

‘Reluctant brotherhood’ shares funds

Residential aged care facilities in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will feel an ease of pressure thanks to the generous support of...

Mother’s heartbreaking story aims to raise still birth awareness

It’s the pain that no one wants to talk about let alone go through, but Cranebrook resident Amanda Kirk bravely told her story at...

Girls can join Movember fun too

The ‘Movember’ phenomenon has been strongly focused on men, but now there’s a chance for women to get involved too. ‘MOVE’ is a new way...

Desperate battle to save Taryn

A mother in Orchard Hills will move Heaven and Earth to save the life of her daughter, aiming to raise $200,000 in search of...

Funding to help drug addicted mothers-to-be

Pregnant women across the Nepean region battling drug addiction will have more help to get clean after the announcement of $1.7 million in funding...

Doctors wary of cannabis plan

A local doctor has warned of medicinal cannabis misuse after State and Federal Governments announced they will look to legally grow the drug. The NSW...

Nepean “taken off the grid” for two hours

Nepean Hospital was essentially taken off the grid this morning, unable to take patients presenting via ambulance as pressure on the health facility continues...

Don’t delay, seek help today

Emu Plains resident Jill Huber’s independence was ripped away from her because she waited too long to seek help for a debilitating eye condition. At...

New approach to healthcare launched in Penrith

The Penrith region is the home of an innovative new approach to healthcare, that now offers a range of health services all under the...

Construction begins on new centre dedicated to children with autism

Construction has started on western Sydney’s first multi-disciplinary centre dedicated to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Former NRL star and Chairman of the Luke Priddis...

Foot health in focus during National Diabetes Week

National Diabetes Week is back next week, July 10 to 16, with the campaign aimed at educating Australians on the risk factors of type...

Asthma warning ahead of summer

Asthma sufferers should have their triggers managed before heading outdoors this summer with a specialist at Nepean Hospital warning asthmatics of a difficult season...

New book to help understanding of mental health

One local crusader is creating the gift that keeps on giving, but she needs your help. Passionate writer Celeste Cannell is creating a children’s picture...

War veteran forced to lay on floor as Nepean crisis deepens

The crisis at Nepean Hospital continues to deepen with reports that a 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran was forced to lie in pain on the...

Pool warning ahead of hot summer

With summer fast approaching, swimming and pool safety organisations are highlighting the importance of swim safety and reminding parents to be vigilant with their...

Labor commits to Nepean Hospital upgrade

The next State Election is three years away but Labor has already signalled it plans to make Nepean Hospital a key issue. Opposition Leader Luke...

Dillon bunkers down for fight of his life

Dillon Barnett is a 27-year-old man who has lived a life filled with adversities. Born and raised in Penrith, Mr Barnett entered the world with...

Nepean Hospital patients grounded

High rise developments surrounding Nepean Hospital have caused the suspension of urgent life saving helicopter transfers to and from the already struggling hospital. Nepean Hospital...

Emma’s cancer roller coaster is on the up after fresh all-clear

It’s been a whirlwind three years for Cranebrook’s Emma Dunlop after a hairline freckle left her unsure if she would live or die. Ms Dunlop...

The disease most sufferers don’t know they have

During Coeliac Awareness Week, Emu Heights mum Jacqui Legender is hoping to increase awareness of the autoimmune illness. Ms Legender’s 11-year-old daughter Alexandra Fleming was...

Time to put household remedies on ice

In winter, the rate of minor burns rapidly rises as we plug in our heaters and boil the kettle more often. But new research has...

TAFE receives $27 million health facility

Students wanting to study healthcare at TAFE Western Sydney will be able to do so in the campus’ new $27 million state-of-the-art Health and Student Services Centre. Located on...

Showing care in times when it’s needed most

The beginning of motherhood has become that little bit calmer for some local mums thanks to the kindness of strangers. Community based organisation We All...

Labor rallies the troops on health funding

Labor is hoping hundreds of people will attend a rally this Sunday and help put pressure on the NSW Government to fund upgrades for...

Cops roll up their sleeves to urge blood donations

Superintendents across four police Local Area Commands (LAC) came together at Nepean Donor Centre last week to donate blood as part of the Emergency...

New psychology clinics open at WSU

Free psychology sessions are coming to Werrington, through the Western Sydney University’s brand new state of the art psychology clinics. The new training and research...

Allergies pose a problem at Easter

This long weekend the Easter bunny will be leaving sweet treats for kids across Penrith, but not everyone will get to experience the egg-citement. Nutritionist...

Nepean Hospital to undergo major upgrade

A $550 million redevelopment will transform Nepean Hospital and bring a state-of-the-art healthcare facility to the region, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister...

Health records go online

Penrith has been selected to trial a new way of keeping health records. My Health Record was launched last Friday and up to 360,000 residents...

Another intensive care cot for Nepean Hospital’s sickest newborns

The Nepean Hospital received its 12th neonatal intensive care cot last week, that will provide more vital intensive care for premature newborn babies. Unveiled on the...

Spike in local ‘crypto’ cases

Summer’s high temperatures have seen pool use soaring and with it an increase in cases of cryptosporidiosis, warns Associate Professor Brad Forssman, Director of...

Time to make a change

It’s the statistics we’ve seen time and time again – 60 per cent of western Sydney residents are overweight, and almost half of those...

Win for patients as doctor and pharmacist move under one roof

Penrith residents will now be able to have their health checked and their prescriptions filled all under the one roof. Blooms The Chemist’s ‘MedClinic’ officially...

Sisters’ desperate bid to find a cure

Llandilo couple Teressa and Scott Weeks have gone through more heartbreak and pain than any family should have to experience. Not only did they lose...