The south west region of NSW consists of the towns of Dareton (our regional headquarters), Wentworth and Balranald.
The south west region is known for its many small but thriving towns and villages, vineyards and orchards, and a relaxed lifestyle centred on the winding bends of the Murray and Darling Rivers. Its towns are also rich in Indigenous culture and history, and draw numerous tourists annually. Local attractions include the unique moonscapes of Mungo National Park, the Heritage Willandra Lakes, well-preserved Aboriginal artefacts, and European settlements in Balranald from the 1800s. Bordering Victoria, the south west region is located near the flourishing town of Mildura. In Mildura students can also enjoy many of the comforts of home, including grocery chain stores, department stores, cinemas, restaurants and more.
Balranald is a small and quiet town of approximately 1,100 people in the Balranald Shire of the Riverina district. Balranald is situated 170km from Dareton; 160km from Mildura; and 450km from Broken Hill.
Balranald is located on the western edge of the vast Hay plain, and it sits on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Today Balranald is a service centre for the surrounding irrigation district. Students will be able to access the newly established Yanga National Park, and can choose to do a bit of fishing in any one of the many rivers near the town.
Balranald Health Service is a Multipurpose Service (MPS) with 24-hour level 2 emergency and sub-acute inpatient services, residential aged care services, and a range of primary, community and ambulatory services.
Residential aged care services are provided in an environment suitable for people with dementia. The full range of support services such as allied health is available. These services are provided by visiting clinicians from Mildura, Swan Hill or Dareton.
The inpatient beds consists of a 2 bay emergency department, 8 acute/sub-acute beds including an observation room, 1 observation/safe room located in the Emergency Department, 15 high care residential aged care places including 4 dementia specific, one respite bed and provision for 3 renal dialysis chairs.
Medical services are provided by the town’s general practitioner, whose offices are co-located at the MPS.
Student accommodation is located near Balranald Multipurpose Service. A vehicle is not necessary to get around Balranald, however students are strongly encouraged to bring their own vehicle.
Dareton is a small town in the Wentworth Shire of approximately 500 people located right next to the Victorian border. The town is situated 20km from the regional centre of Mildura; 170km to Balranald; 12km to Wentworth; and 280km to Broken Hill.
Dareton is also the regional centre for the BHUDRH, with its training hub established in Dareton Primary Health Service (Dareton PMS). Dareton’s primary industry is agriculture (i.e. growing grapes and various dried fruit), and it also draws keen golfers, anglers and campers.
Dareton Primary Health Centre covers the Wentworth and Balranald Shire and provides a hub for a diverse range of services for the whole community. This clinic provides only primary health care and operates Monday to Friday during business hours.
Primary Health Nursing services including Palliative Care Specialists, Sexual Health nurse, Diabetic Educator, Women’s Health nurse, an Aged Care assessment team, Child and Family Health Nurse, Community Midwife, Generalist Primary Health nurses, Psycho-oncology Counsellor, Social Worker and Early Intervention Educator.
Services also include those provided by Aboriginal Health Workers, who promote a primary health approach to address Aboriginal health needs with a focus on prevention, early detection and care.
Visiting Services to Dareton and Balranald includes Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Registrar, Endocrinologist (via Telehealth), Geriatrician Services (via Telehealth) , Social Worker, Dietician, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathologist, Physiotherapy and Podiatrist. The majority of these clinicians visit from Mildura or Robinvale, in Victoria.
There are no medical services provided on site at the clinic. Clients are either referred back to their own general practitioner or to the Coomealla or Mildura Aboriginal Medical Services.
Student accommodation is available in the town of Buronga (18 km away), a small border town across the river from Mildura. Students are required to bring their own vehicle, as public transportation is very limited between Buronga and Dareton.
Wentworth is a small border town in the Wentworth Shire, and it can be found where the Murray and Darling rivers meet. Wentworth is known for its historic buildings, including the Old Gaol, the Courthouse, the old Convent / Schoolhouse buildings and the Customs House. Throughout the area are the remains of ancient Aboriginal occupation and a landscape rich in flora, wildlife and birdlife.
Near Wentworth are the towns of Dareton (12km), Buronga (30km), Gol Gol (33km), and Mildura (27km). Wentworth has a village feel, and it offers visitors access to a number of regional attractions, including the heritage town drive or walk, sandhills, national parks and wineries.
The Wentworth Health Service consists of a 20-bed health facility with 16 unfunded aged care beds, four acute beds and a two bay emergency service area. The facility is located just outside the Wentworth community and the site contains multiple aged buildings which are no longer in use.
The local Day Care Centre is co-located with Wentworth and the Home and Community Care team also share this accommodation.
A private residential aged care facility is located in the town centre in Wentworth, as are two small GP facilities. NSW Ambulance Service has a base on the edge of the town. The main primary health facilities within the Shire are located in Dareton.
Student accommodation is available on the hospital grounds in Wentworth. While a vehicle is not necessary to get about in Wentworth, students are still encouraged to bring their own vehicle, as public transportation is very limited between Wentworth and surrounding towns including Mildura, a popular tourist town located just over 30km away.