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Local leaders better for BH

Tuesday, 25th March, 2014

District Director of Family and Community Services for the Far West, Ross O’Shea. District Director of Family and Community Services for the Far West, Ross O’Shea.

By Nick Gibbs

It’s an exciting time for the delivery of community services in the Far West after a number of changes in the public sector, according to the District Director of Family and Community Services (FACS).

Ross O’Shea said the department that incorporates Housing NSW, Department of Community Services, Ageing Disability and Home Care, Aboriginal Housing and the Office for Women offers clients a straightforward system to access services.

“It’s a much more integrated approach, it’s a different world now,” he said.

Mr O’Shea explained that the alignment of the district boundaries to correspond with the Far West Local Area Health District was also a major step forward for the organisation.

“We are in a better position to sit down with other leaders,” he said.

The FACS leadership team for the Far West will also be based locally which has created 10 new positions in Broken Hill and according to Mr O’Shea, leaves the board well positioned to advocate for the district.

“In my view it allows us to respond better to the needs of the community,” he said.

“I was really adamant that we work in the district, live in the district and advocate on behalf of the district.”

Additionally, having a locally based leadership team allows employees the opportunity for promotion without having to leave the city, he explained.

“Staff members will have the ability for complete career progression within the service.”

FACS also has case worker positions available for those interested in getting involved with the organisation during what appears to be an important stage.

“It can be extraordinarily rewarding,” Mr O’Shea said.

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