message FROM the district board
This year has been an exceptional year for the District as it grows from strength to strength. It has now been one year since Northern Beaches Hospital opened and has begun to embed itself within the District. The resilience of the staff in facing the extra pressures on our health system and rising to the challenges should be commended. On behalf of the Board, I want to extend my gratitude to CE Deb Willcox, who along with the district executive, continues to shape the health district to become a leader in the state. Of course, none of the changes could occur without our staff and volunteers who do such an amazing job each and every day caring for our patients and consumers, their loved ones and the wider community. Throughout the year the District has continued to focus on research as a priority and extending that to the bedside so our patients have better outcomes. This year we saw the development of the first District Research Strategy, which will provide the direction over coming years for all of us to build on the great work that is already occurring here in research and innovation.
The District has also invested in staff wellbeing, with the formation of the JMO Wellbeing Committee, led by junior medical officers and supported by the executive and Board members. Importantly, our staff are now being trained in skills to speak out and look out for one another through the Speak Up for Safety program. I would like to thank my fellow Board members for their efforts to lead our health district into the future. We continue to visit our hospitals and services where we gain first hand perspective from our clinicians and staff of the issues they are facing and what their needs are. Finally, while you all work tremendously hard to care for our community, it is important to also care for yourself and your families. On behalf of the Board, I hope you all get to spend some time with your loved ones over the festive season, and to those who are working, thank you, and I hope you have a well-deserved break
Throughout the year the District has continued to focus on research as a priority and extending that to the bedside so our patients have better outcomes.
coming up. Best wishes
Trevor Danos AM, Chair Northern Sydney Local Health District Board
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