COMMUNITY COVID-19 YARN UP A local yarn up event has brought together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people from across northern Sydney to talk about health and social and emotional
wellbeing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Northern Sydney Local Health District Aboriginal Health Service supported the event which involved a morning tea and educational sessions with local leaders and health professionals. Deputy Director of Aboriginal Health Paul Weir said the event highlighted the importance of collaboration with the local health district, external organisations and community to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “The day was about coming which is why Northern Sydney Local Health District has again partnered with Dignity. As part of the Christmas with Dignity campaign, staff across all Northern Sydney hospitals are being encouraged to donate items to help spread cheer to vulnerable families in our community this festive season. Items that can be donated include: • Men’s, women’s and children’s new socks and undies. • Children’s new summer clothes and sleepwear in assorted sizes. • Men’s and women’s new summer clothes and sleepwear assorted sizes. • Non-perishable foods such as pasta, pasta sauce,
(Left to right): Donna Pettigrew (Sydney North Health Network), NSLHD Deputy Director of Aboriginal Health Paul Weir, Melanie Gould (Sydney North Health Network) and Kylie Watts (TAFE Northern Beaches)
together for morning tea and having a yarn with some local leaders and health professionals to make sure the mob can make informed decisions around their health and are able to protect themselves,” he said. “We also discussed living with COVID-19 in our community, how to stay safe, when you need to get tested, what
happens if you get COVID-19 and how to access your vaccine certificate.” Pfizer vaccinations were available on the day. The event was a collaboration between TAFE Brookvale, The Cottage Surgery, Sydney North Health Network and NSLHD.
Help others celebrate Christmas with Dignity For many, Christmas is a time for celebration – but after a tough year, there are some who need a helping hand, noodles, cereal, rice, spreads, Christmas cake, soft drink, long life milk, coffee, sugar and biscuits.
Dignity, which is also the district’s workplace giving partner, will use the items to create hampers which will be distributed to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. It is the second year the campaign has run, and Dignity Chief Executive Officer and Founder Susanne Hopkins was delighted to see it continue. “It is wonderful to have NSLHD partner with us again this year for our annual Christmas with Dignity campaign,” she said. “We were blown away by the generosity of the NSLHD team last year, which meant we were able to distribute over 200 Christmas hampers, bringing Christmas joy to people in the community who had had a very difficult year.
“We simply couldn’t have achieved this without your support.” Trees are located at Royal North Shore, Ryde, Hornsby, and Mona Vale hospitals, as well as at the Northern Sydney Executive Office on level 14 of the Kolling Building. Please ensure all donations are placed under the tree and are within their expiration dates. Collections close 26 November 2021. Hornsby Hospital General Manager Simon Hill with the Christmas with Dignity Christmas tree
NSLHDNEWS | ISSUE 21 | 12 NOVEMBER 2021
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