2022 - Year in Review

Group working to increase voice of people with disabilities at NSLHD

NSLHD’s Employee Resource Network for Disability (ERNoD) has continued its efforts to increase the presence and voices of people with a disability. Group member and RNSH Occupational Therapist Elise Kerle attended the Australian Network on Disability’s Annual Conference. The conference examined how accessibility and inclusion can best be promoted and successfully embedded in organisations. “There was a presentation from the ABC which discussed the representation of people with a disability in the media,” she said. “That resonated with me because as a health service we should be reflecting the community we serve. “If you look around Royal North Shore Hospital, for example, you will see people in wheelchairs. There’s millions of people around the world with a disability leading successful lives, so having staff here with that lived experience themselves is vital. “This was a good chance to see what can be implemented to make a positive difference to people’s lives and ensure NSLHD is providing an inclusive workplace for everyone.” ERNoD is a voluntary, employee-led group which meets bi-monthly to

as disabled,” Elise said. “We must ensure we create opportunities for people who identify as disabled to feel comfortable working here.” Elise said the group was always looking for new members. It is open to people at NSLHD with a disability, carers of people with a disability or advocates for the employment of people with a disability. Elise Kerle (right), pictured with Tess Whelan, Stepping Into Internships program coordinator

discuss ways to better support people with a disability, as well as their supporters and carers. It was formed as part of the district’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy 2020-22. “More than four million people in Australia – so about 20 per cent – have some form of disability, but I think there’s only about 3 per cent within NSLHD who identify

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