NSLHD News October 10 2019

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Celebrating our exceptional people The annual Exceptional People Awards have been run and won, with staff from across the district celebrated. Read more on Page 5 and 6


from apac to author: Dr Jim Newcombe’s first book Page 7

Leaders in healthcare, partners in wellbeing


message FROM the chairman Trevor Danos

I always look forward to attending the district’s Exceptional People Awards and this year’s event was, exceptional! The day just confirmed to everyone in attendance that we have such diverse and talented staff and volunteers who are committed to driving change within our organisation to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients and communities. With Kirribilli and the Sydney Harbour as the backdrop, the afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable hearing about the inspiring projects and the teamwork occurring around the district. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this year’s awards. It was such a privilege to be able to attend and recognise all the hard work by the district’s staff and volunteers. To everyone who was nominated, your efforts are so important for us to achieve great outcomes for our patients and consumers. I had the pleasure of being able to present the awards in our CORE Values and Behaviours category. It is awarded to teams or individuals who consistently demonstrate positive behaviours that align with the NSW Health CORE Values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.

The award recognises those seeking to continue to build a more positive culture by living the CORE Values, which underpin everything we do. I would also like to extend a thank you to our sponsors, AMP Capital, Dexus, First State Super and Ventia who generously contributed to the event and helped make it a success. With the weather warming up and the official flu season over, I would like to thank all our frontline staff and our emergency departments who have had to contend with an exceptionally busy flu season. Everyone has done a tremendous job of coping with the extra demand placed on our services.

Trevor Danos AM

Board Chair Northern Sydney Local Health District


Crane named as kids turn construction workers A career in construction beckons for some of the children from the paediatrics ward at Royal North Shore Hospital. It was all part of the name the crane competition, organised by Dexus and Roberts Pizzarotti, which was won by six- year-old Tom Cooley for his suggestion of Pick Up. At the awards presentation, Tom and colouring in winner Abdullah Kabil had the opportunity to take charge of the crane via the radio. Runner-up Destiny Murray, who suggested the name Munun (Aboriginal word meaning big) also got to have a spin, as did Zane Madon who claimed second place in the colouring in competition. Kester Tsui was the last to don the hard hat and take over as supervisor after claiming the title of crane enthusiast, After putting the team at the Dexus site on Westbourne Street through their paces, the new bosses knocked off for some hard earned play time.

Name the Crane winner Tom Cooley, 6, gives his orders to the crane operator over the radio

Putting patient safety first for new Director of Clinical Governance

NSLHD has a new Director of Clinical Goverannce, Mark Zacka, and he is looking forward to working with staff to make our hospitals and services safer.

worked at the St Vincent’s Health Network and prior to that was also the Director of Clinical Goverance at South Western Sydney Local Health District. “I am looking forward to building on the great work that has already been done here in Northern Sydney to improve patient safety and quality improvement,” he said. Mark’s office is located on level 5 of the Douglas Building at RNSH.

With more than 30 years experience working in a range of roles across the

healthcare system, Mark has extensive experience in clinical governance, particularly in the areas of pateint safety and clinical quality improvement.

Mark Zacka recently started his tenure at Northern Sydney Local Health District

Before joining NSLHD, Mark



Exceptional People Awards 2019 Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the NSLHD Exceptional People Awards 2019. You are all truly exceptional and it’s great to see you recognised for the difference you make in people’s lives every day. The glittering event at Kirribilli Club was held to formally recognise and thank staff for the incredible

work they do every day. The awards were created to identify and celebrate staff who have demonstrated the meaning of the CORE Values and Behaviour Charter. For more information about the nominees and winners visit: bit.ly/2Jp1Jvl

Connected Person-Centred Care Presented by Professor Mary Chiarella

Healthy Communities Presented by Professor Mary Chiarella

Individual Award: Joint Winner Alison Hession, clinical nurse consultant, Palliative Care at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

Individual Award: Joint Winner: Meaghan Jacob, registered nurse, Northern Sydney Home Nursing Service, Primary and Community Health

Individual Award Dr David Lillystone, senior paediatrician, Primary and Community Health (PaCH)

Consumer Nominated Team Award Intensive Care Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital

Consumer Nominated Individual Award Michelle Noon, stomal therapy nurse at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

Team Award: Graythwaite 5, Ryde Hospital


Evidence-Based Decision Making Presented Dr Donna Lynch, Board Member

Engaged and Empowered Workforce Presented by Dr Donna Lynch, Board Member

Responsive and Adaptable Organisation Presented by Dr Donna Lynch, Board Member Winner Chronic Disease Community Rehabilitation Service

Individual Award Tim Yi, senior clinical pharmacist, Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital

Team Award Vascular Access Service, Royal North Shore Hospital

CORE Values and Behaviours (Collaboration, Openess, Respect and Empowerment) Presented by Trevor Danos AM, Board Chair

Individual Award Peter Woollett, exercise physiologist, Ryde Community Mental Health Service and Macquarie Hospital

Staff Award Rick Soars, wardsperson, Mona Vale Hospital

Consumer Nominated Team Award Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital

Leadership Presented by CE Deb Willcox

Chief Executive Award Presented by CE Deb Willcox

A big thank you to our 2019 sponsors

Joint Winner: Matt Svenson, manager, Engineering Department, Ryde Hospital

Dr Marty Sterrett, emergency medicine physician and the chief medical information officer, for the Northern Sydney Local Health District.

Joint Winner: Marija Separovich, nurse unit manager, RNSH Emergency Department



exciting times as work at Mona vale continues Mona Vale Hospital’s transformation is continuing, with works across the site starting to take shape.

The Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Palliative Care building will soon have its foundations with concrete pours set to commence over the coming weeks. Internal and external finishes for GEM/Palliative Care have also been endorsed, while consultation continues with the Friends of Palliative Care to ensure the building meets the community’s needs now and into the future. Mona Vale Hospital General Manager Jacqui Edgley said the works were at an exciting stage with changes starting to become more visible. “We’re at the point of the project where we will start to see the GEM/Palliative Care building take shape before our eyes,” she said. “The excavation works are approaching completion, meaning the all-important concrete pour is not too far away. The committee, which meets monthly, includes junior medical officers and senior staff members from across the district, as well as Board representatives. It works to ensure our newest doctors feel supported and at home with NSLHD through a variety of methods, including events like Doctors’ Day and initiatives like protected lunch times. Chair Dr Linda Xu, an Advanced Trainee in General Medicine/Geriatrics, said she was thrilled with the positive steps the committee has made since it formed. “We’ve made some important strides forward, working on a number of things together that are having really positive impacts for JMOs within our district,” Linda said.

Demolition works at Mona Vale Hospital are making way for future services at the site.

“It will be really exciting for all of us to see the first foundations of our hospital’s new chapter put down.” Demolition works are also underway at Mona Vale, with the removal of the former main building and nurses’ quarters making way for future services including a new NSW Ambulance station.

Committee continues to deliver for young docs JMO wellbeing remains an important priority for NSLHD and its dedicated district committee.

“It’s great to have wide range of staff from various specialties and levels of seniority, to come together to discuss such an important issue and to make a positive impact for our JMOs.” The committee’s latest focus is on developing a JMO Wellbeing plan in conjunction with the Health Safety and Wellbeing team.


APAC staff specialist and newly minted author Dr Jim Newcombe with his new book that has recently gone on sale

Wordsmith from the wards; RNSH Doc pens first book When Royal North Shore’s Dr Jim well, but I felt there was a part of me that was hidden and lost.”

Newcombe decided to write a book, he had no idea it would be the start of a 12 year journey that would take him across most of the United States. Unlike most other doctors, who pour their free time into research, Jim had a different passion – art, or more specifically, the art of one man; Edward Hopper. Hopper was a renowned painter with his realist paintings of urban and rural scenes of then-modern American life shaping 20th century art in the US. This week, Jim’s book Framed: A Journey into Edward Hopper’s America will go on sale – but the journey was about much more than art. For Jim it was about rediscovering his childhood home and the country where he grew up before moving to Australia at age 18. “I was very torn growing up with my American and Australian identity,” the APAC staff specialist said. “I always talked funny to the Americans, so I never quite fit in there; here I fit in pretty

Jim decided to immerse himself into the work of Hopper, a decision that would see him travel 57 cities to visit 70 museums and private collections, writing one book all the while reconnecting with old friends and a part of himself. When asked if he thinks more doctors should explore writing outside of the medical field, the 40-year-old said what was important was to chase your passions. “I think if you’ve got an itch, you need to scratch it. Everyone knows what their itch is – this ticked a lot of boxes for me because I’ve always been interested in art as well as medicine,” he said. “If it’s something that keeps saying ‘hello’ in your brain, don’t ignore it. I can say from having completed this, the feeling of satisfaction having addressed it and having paid it the respect it deserves, it is immense.” To order a copy of Jim’s book, head to bit.ly/2Mqcuzh



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