NSLHD News September 9 2022

Celebrating exceptional people at NSLHD Barbara Triantafilis is determined to help break down barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to access healthcare. As a registered nurse with NSLHD’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

“It encourages people to be the best they can be in the workplace – a little recognition goes a long way to making people feel valued and appreciated, so have a think – I am sure there is someone in your workplace who stands out.” Nominations are open for the 2022 Exceptional People Awards. Visit the EPA webpage - https://bit.ly/3BPTxBc - to nominate an individual, team and volunteer. The staff nomination form and guide can be found here: https://bit.ly/3qAldDD Nominations can also be made by patients and consumers using the following link: https://bit.ly/3wZ8MVu

Service, Barbara’s work involves raising awareness and advocating for the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to create better health outcomes. “If I can make one small difference for the better in one patient’s life in a day, I am happy,” she said. Her passion and hard work earned her an Exceptional People Award for Healthy Communities. “When I received the award last year, I was completely overwhelmed,” she said. “I am surrounded by a great team, and I would not have been able to achieve anything without them, so really it should have been a team award!” Barbara encourages others to nominate a colleague or team who go above and beyond in for patients. “I think it is really important that people are recognised for their contributions,” she said. VALE, DR LOUISE BROWN The Northern Sydney Local Health District and Royal North Shore Hospital offers its condolences to the loved ones and colleagues of Dr Louise Brown, who sadly passed away recently. Louise was a long time member and former chair of the RNSH Hospital CPC (Consumer Participation Committee) and made a profound impact across the district. A respected and valued member of RNSH and the broader community, Louise made many contributions to the district. Louise was passionate about bringing the voice of consumers, including carers to work being undertaken in the LHD, and contributed many personal hours of work on a range of committees and consumer consultations over more than 15 years. Louise had a renowned career across many different health services and positions, and spent a lot her time helping others and making a difference as a volunteer. Louise was a member of a range of different committees, many of which she chaired,

2021 Exceptional People Award winner Barbara Triantafilis with NSLHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery Claire Harris

and only stepped down from her position as Chair of the CPC earlier this year. Louise always conducted her work with consideration, respect and always seeking a beneficial outcome for patients, their carers and staff.



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