NSLHD News August 16

Get the latest news from across Northern Sydney Local Health District.


NSLHD Workplace Giving Program Northern Sydney Local Health District has partnered with crisis support and homelessness services charity Dignity as part of the new Workplace Giving Program.

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Ryde Hospital team leading the way in clinical redesign Page 5

Tour of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital’s stage 2 redevelopment Page 6

Leaders in healthcare, partners in wellbeing


message FROM the chairman Trevor Danos AM

Earlier this year I became a member of the newly formed Male Champions of Change Health group. Male Champions of Change (MCC) began in 2010 and works to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality, supporting us to stand beside women and drive the adoption of meaningful action across private sector and government. I took up my appointment, with encouragement from the Health Secretary, to do more to address gender inequality in the public health sector. Our District’s involvement will assist the design of actions and programs for other districts. Our District has a diverse workforce but to realise the benefits, we have the opportunity to build a truly inclusive workplace, where all our people feel valued and respected. We have a very good representation of women across a number of key roles, however there is always more we can do. One of the actions from the Male Champions of Change group was to hold a Gender Equality Leadership workshop for our staff, which I recently attend and was organised by our Workforce and Culture team. The workshop explored how we as leaders can continue to improve the current and future work environment for our staff and future employees, and strengthen gender equity in the workplace.

The workshop was informed by more than 170 women from a wide range of clinical and non- clinical backgrounds across our District. Staff participated in online surveys and focus groups and their answers spoke of the opportunities and challenges for working women and men to move into leadership positions while balancing life outside of a 24/7 healthcare service. This workshop gave everyone the opportunity to engage leaders in the conversation and explore how we can better support all of our staff to excel in their careers. We all play an important role in addressing gender inequality and implementing actions and reforms that will set our District and our staff up for success, now and into the future. I would like to thank those who attended and those who helped to organise such an important event and strongly encourage our leaders to engage with events like it in the future. I look forward to be able to report on new initiatives and successes in coming months. Trevor Danos AM Board Chair Northern Sydney Local Health District


Workplace Giving Program Northern Sydney Local Health District has partnered with crisis support and homelessness services charity Dignity as part of the new Workplace Giving Program. The program allows staff to make a voluntary recurring or one off donation to the charity directly from their pay, with 100 per cent of donations used in delivering frontline services. Chief Executive Deb Willcox said she was humbled to welcome Dignity to the district. “Hearing firsthand about the work that Dignity is doing across the state, including in our LHD, highlights the need for homelessness services. It affects people from all walks of life,” she said. “Our staff have shown their generosity with around 50 of us already signing up to support this wonderful cause.” The crowd also heard from Suzanne Hopman, the CEO and co-founder of Dignity about how

NSLHD CE Deb Willcox with Dignity CEO Suzanne Hopman at the NSLHD Workplace Giving Program launch

the partnership will change the lives of so many for the better.

“It will allow us to do even more for those who need a hot meal, a warm bed and a touch of kindness in what is a very difficult time.” Those wishing to find out more about Workplace Giving or signing up can do so by clicking the banner on the intranet. Donations start at as little as $1 a week, with one-off donations also possible.

“In the four years Dignity has been operating, we’ve provided 50,000 people with temporary crisis accommodation and have served more than 400,000 meals to those in need,” she said. “I’m truly so thankful and very excited by this partnership with Northern Sydney Local Health District.

Young Archie win Kolling renal researcher Xin-Ming Chen’s portrait painted by his son (pictured left) has won the Young Archies. Matthew Chen, 8, paid tribute to his dad’s life-saving endeavours, by painting him in this year’s Young Archies, part of the Archibald Prize run by the Art Gallery of NSW. The winners were announced on August 10 with Matthew, who is in Year 2 at Hornsby North Public School, winning the 5-8 year category. This was his third Young Archie entry and he was one of four winners chosen out of a field of about 2100 entries. To see Matthew’s work, head to the Art Gallery of NSW until 8 September.



Beanies for brain cancer Our wonderful teams from radiology and 7D raised more than $13,000 at their recent Beanie for Brain Cancer fundraiser in the Royal North Shore foyer. The team sold 300 beanies as well as countless raffle tickets and baked goods on their way to the milestone. The money raised for the Mark Hughes Foundation will go towards more research into the disease, as well as creating awareness and supporting brain cancer patients and their families.

Staff from radiology and ward 7D at the Beanies for Brain Cancer stall in the RNSH foyer

Led by radiologist Ashlee Murphy for the third year running.

especially welcomed by four Kolling Institute members Kelly McKelvey, Viive Howell, Angela Cho and Amanda Hudson,

who are currently undertaking valuable research for the Mark Hughes Foundation.

Their efforts have been

Ryde Hospital staff at the Dental Health Week stall in the main foyer of the hospital

Dental Health Week week - 5-11 August Oral health staff from across the District brushed up for Dental Brookvale got tongues wagging with freebies and advice from dental health professionals.

the past two years, while 40 per cent never floss or clean between their teeth. This year’s campaign saw the team also partner with the Health and Wellbeing committee and the Drinking Tap Water Campaign.

Health Week last week, filling everyone in on the tooth (truth) behind the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. Stands at Royal North Shore, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai, Ryde and

This year’s Dental Health Week asked people to reflect on how their dental health was tracking, with 65 per cent of Australian having not seen a dentist in


Ryde Hospital’s iGO team: acting senior occupational therapist Philippa Wilford, senior physiotherapist Sharon Fok, as well as nurse unit managers Alanna Brown (GR4) and Esther Ng (GR5)

i GO team Graythwaite A team of four from Ryde Hospital’s Graythwaite

focus on the patient experience and making their recovery journey better. The project will focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided to patients at Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre by August 2020. The team will focus on clinical resign solutions to reduce average length of stay, improve average Functional Independence Measure score and improve patient satisfaction and experience. Ryde Hospital’s acting director of nursing Drew Hilditch-Roberts said all four team members are

very passionate about improving patient centred care. “The teams will be consulting with staff and welcome any feedback from across the hospital,” Drew said. The team will hold a series of stakeholder focus groups and a stall in the main foyer of the hospital – so keep an eye out for team iGO. The Ryde Hospital executive hospital sponsors are general manager Heather Gough, acting director of nursing Drew Hilditch- Roberts and Head of Department of Rehabilitation Medicines RNHS and Ryde Dr Jennifer Mann.

Rehabilitation Centre is leading the way in Clinical Redesign, after being selected to take part in an Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) lead post- graduate Certificate in Clinical Redesign for Healthcare Redesign. The team, named iGO, consists of acting senior occupational therapist Philippa Wilford, senior physiotherapist Sharon Fok, as well as nurse unit managers Alanna Brown (GR4) and Esther Ng (GR5) With more than 50 years of clinical experience between them, the team’s main aim is to

Meet Herbert Northern Sydney Child Protection Service Therapy Dog

Herbert (pictured left), better known as Herb or Herbie, joined the Northern Sydney Child Protection Service (NSCPS) team a month ago. Herb is a Pets As Therapy graduate from Guide Dogs NSW. Herb resides with Child Protection Counsellor Andrea Turner who is his primary carer.

Andrea as a team member of NSCPS. NSCPS is really excited about the possibilities this initiative is going to bring in relation to achieving good outcomes for vulnerable children and young people who have experienced violence, abuse and neglect, and are accessing a service from NSCPS.

Herb will be attending work with



CE Deb Willcox is given a tour of the stage 2 redevelopment of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital.

Tour of HKH’s stage 2 redevelopment Donning the hard hat on, Chief Executive Deb Willcox toured the construction site of stage 2 of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital.

“The involvement of clinical staff and community in this development was going to ensure a beautiful building for our staff to provid great care,” Deb said.

Joined by representatives from Health Infrastructure, builders Watpac and AAP, and the redevelopment team, Deb had a tour of the site.

“Seeing the project progress has been very exciting.”

Deb will return to HKH next week when she will host the Budget Road show (20 August) and attend the hospital’s Department of Heads meeting (21 August).

Medical Imaging is moving into their new department at the end of the year.

Steptember flagship team Team Name: Sole Support Sistas Team Captain: Bonnie Yates Why we are taking part: while 60,000 steps a day may scare our soles, it’s nothing compared to the challenges a child with cerebral palsy faces Step Goal: 1,800,000 Team’s greatest strength: EAs who move faster than you could imagine! Team’s greatest weakness: Have you met an EA? Every little thing we do is magic Team Motto: Tough enough to be an EA, crazy enough to love it Team members: Bronwyn Scully, Kristina Boda, Kokila Patel

Sole Support Sistas: Bronwyn Scully, Bonnie Yates, Kokila Patel and Kristina Boda

How to sign up Nominate a team captain to register your team of four at steptember.org.au. You will receive a free pedometer before the Steptember Challenge begins on September 3. To register for free, your team captain will need to use the free code NSLHD2019.


Kolling researchers part of elite group in fight against heart disease Two Kolling Institute researchers

NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Showcase Registrations are now open for the 2019 NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery The Nursing and Midwifery Office, NSW Ministry of Health is thrilled to showcase the inspiring, informative and important projects, initiatives and research our nursing and midwifery colleagues are leading across NSW Health. The showcase will be held from September 30 to October 1 2019 The sessions cover a range of topics related to the theme People - Purpose - Passion including leadership, clinical care, safety, quality, patient experience, self- care, communication, collaboration and culture throughout nursing and midwifery. NSW Health staff are invited to register for the Conference and/ or the Masterclass or by visiting http://www. eiseverywhere.com/ nswhealthnursingmidwifery showcase Register early as positions are limited. There is no registration fee. Showcase: People - Purpose - Passion.

us, it’s dramatically affecting our health and wellbeing,” she said. “Our goal is to improve the early identification of people with the disease, including those with risk factors and those with only minimal clues. This will greatly help us target preventative strategies.” Professor Ugander’s (pictrued below) work will focus on MRI technology to diagnose and treat heart failure patients who are difficult to identify and currently lack treatment. This includes those with heart failure due to high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. He will also evaluate new surgical treatment to improve the efficiency of the heart by reducing the size of the left atrium of the heart. “Having recently arrived in Australia from Sweden, this funding will be instrumental in building our cardiac MRI research group, and training the next generation of cardiovascular researchers in NSW.” he said. “The grant will help provide important data on the ability of MRI to accurately identify disease in patients with suspected heart disease.”

have welcomed a significant funding boost through a large NSW Government program to help tackle Australia’s number one killer, heart disease.

Professors Gemma Figtree (pictured below) and Martin

Ugander have each been awarded a $750,000 grant to encourage researchers to find breakthroughs and help establish NSW as a centre for research excellence.

The funding is part of a broader program investing $150 million in cardiovascular research over the next 10 years. It’s hoped the cash injection will help drive scientific discoveries and develop innovative therapies for cardiovascular disease. Professor Figtree, who is an interventional cardiologist at RNSH, will look at the increasing number of people who suffer a heart attack despite not being seen as at risk. She plans to identify new mechanisms and biological markers of both coronary artery disease susceptibility and resilience. “Cardiovascular disease is our biggest killer of both men and women and it’s not just killing





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