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Relating to the delivery of specific health services and specialist care in remote, rural and regional NSW.

Lita, Helen and MP’s


Can Assist members from our Orange and Forbes branches provided their feedback to the NSW State Governments Select Committee on Regional, Rural and Remote Health in May.

Out of pocket medication costs, rural healthcare staff shortages, IPTAAS and community transport all topics of discussion.

See here for our thoughts on non-emergency community transport, out of pocket medical costs for rural cancer patients and the state of palliative care.



Pictured – Penny Taylor and Yvonne McIntosh, Forbes Handicraft Centre, with Helen Westwood and Maureen Field from Forbes Can Assist 


Forbes Handicraft Centre has distributed its proceeds to community groups. 

Can Assist Forbes, Angel Flight, Lachlan Legacy, Family History Group, Forbes Eisteddfod and Havannah House are all beneficiaries of the funds raised through the Lachlan Street shopfront. 

It’s something this unique local business does twice a year, president Deidre Quirk says.

February 8 2024 



Thousands more dollars are now available to support local cancer patients thanks to Roylance Tractor Replacements’ first Spitwater golf day.

It was third time lucky for this event, cancelled in the first year due to COVID and the second due to flooding.

The much anticipated 2023 event was a great success, with 96 golfers raising $4484.50 for Can Assist Forbes branch, and the Roylances team say we can now make it part of our annual golf calendar.

Can Assist’s John Schrader said the organisation was very grateful for the donation, it’s local efforts like this that enable them to help locals facing cancer treatment with their expenses.

“We’d like to thank Roylance Tractor Replacements, we were blown away by the donation and we are more than happy to help out when they go again,” Mr Schrader said.

Cold and windy weather couldn’t stop the Forbes rugby community from showing up and digging deep in a show of support for one of their own – long-serving volunteer and committee member, former President Tracey Prior in May.

Tracey, on hand to draw the winning tickets in the day’s fundraiser raffle, said she really appreciated everyone’s support. She had nominated Forbes Can Assist to benefit from any funds raised on the day. Individuals and the Forbes Rugby Old Boys made cash donations. The club also ordered special socks for the players, and not only the Forbes club members but also Dubbo Roos were happy to purchase them to wear on the day, all up raising an incredible $10k for Can Assist.

Bowlers roll up to Ron Lynch Bowls Day for CanAssist

The Ron Lynch Bowls Day in support of Can Assist was an outstanding success in October, with 112 bowlers taking to the greens.

Forbes Can Assist’s Kerry Dunstan said it was a very enjoyable day on the green which raised some $6,000 for the charity.

The success of the day can be attributed to the many hard-working volunteers from Can Assist who do so much to help people in our community suffering from illness.

The staff and volunteers from the Forbes Sport and Recreation Club also put in a big effort for the day, particularly John Cutler who worked tirelessly to get this event underway and Scott Andrews who presented the greens in great condition and organised the catering.