Better healthcare

Better healthcare

Six Western Sydney Local Health District staff received diplomas of project management.

Medical director Kim Hill congratulated the staff for improving clinical processes.

"The project undertaken by Joanne Medlin and Dimitra Kaldelis aimed to improve the physical health of mental health consumers with chronic disease risk factors that can lead to metabolic syndrome," Dr Hill said.

"The drug health team — Nghi Phung, Glenn Hughes, Pip Bowden and Simone Angus — enhanced their data for the treatment project.

"The knowledge they all gained from this course will be applicable to other projects."

Deadline looms

Penrith Council has welcomed the release of the Independent Local Government Review Panel's final report but said more time is needed for communities to be consulted.

The council will call on Premier Barry O'Farrell to extend the consultation period until the end of April.

"The March deadline leaves little time for council and the community to respond to the report," mayor Ross Fowler said.

"The government has had the report for some months now and we need a similar amount of time to consider it. Penrith Council gave a comprehensive submission as part of the review and we need to see if the matters raised in our submission have been addressed.

"We agree with the need for the government and councils to look at ways to improve the capacity and financial sustainability of local government for now and into the future.

"Let's get this right."

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