NSLHD News October 15 2021

Celebrating our allied health professionals From the frontline, to the community – allied health professionals across northern seeing allied health clinicians step up, offer assistance and accept deployments, as well

The full list of winners were: Allied Health Assistant/ Technician/ Support Person of the Year Awarded to: Amanda Pollak (Royal North Shore Hospital) Early-Career Allied Health Professional of the Year Awarded to: Hayley Rawe (Royal North Shore Hospital) Allied Health Professional of the Year Awarded to: Natalie Ko (Ryde Hospital) Allied Health Leader of the Year Awarded to: Pauline Kemp (District) Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Allied Health Professional of the Year Awarded to: Melinda Flower (District) Allied Health Team of the Year Awarded to: NSLHD Pharmacy Teams (District) Allied Health Researcher/

Sydney and New South Wales were honoured on Thursday as part of Allied Health Professions Day. The annual celebration looked slightly different this year as it fell in the first week of partially relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, but online was a sea of aqua blue to recognise their hard work. In the month leading up to the day, Northern Sydney Local Health District social media celebrated a number of individuals and their disciplines in the #HumansOfAlliedHealth series, while allied health teams across their district contributed to a district-wide video. You can view that video here: https://vimeo. com/629569664 On the day, District Director of Allied Health Julia Capper announced the winners of the annual Northern Sydney Allied Health Professionals Awards. “It has been a pleasure Hotel and Hidden Gem Hotel were required to self-isolate for 14 days. Not-for-profit One Meal supported residents over the two weeks, generously providing three meals a day. NSLHD Counter Disaster Manager Louise Barker Allner said: “A huge thank you to One Meal for all your support. “Healthy dinners, sandwiches, cakes, snacks, cereals and staples definitely helped people get through their isolation.”

as teams coming together across the district,” she said. “Alongside our healthcare and support service colleagues you have been extraordinary this year – we are so proud of you all.” Northern Sydney Chief Executive Deb Willcox also paid tribute to our allied health professionals after another busy year in the face of the pandemic. “Allied health professionals have stood shoulder to shoulder with doctors, nurses and support staff on the frontline in hospitals around Australia during the response to COVID-19,” she said. “While some of the ways allied health professionals see and treat patients have changed, one thing that has not wavered is their commitment to their patients and their community. “Thank you to each and every one of you for everything you do and have a very happy Allied Health Professions Day.”

Educator of the Year Awarded to: Dr Lauren Monds (District)

MEALS DONATED TO PEOPLE IN ISOLATION IN MANLY Following a COVID-19 exposure risk in Manly, residents at Manly Wave

(Left to right): Michael O’Connor, Maurice (One Meal), Emma Tan and Tom Neal



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