NSLHD News June 24

Message from the Chief Executive Deb Willcox

The past two weeks have been a reminder of how quick things can change in the current climate. As New South Wales once again grapples with transmission of COVID-19, it is important we continue to follow the guidelines put in place, both at work, at home and within the community. Our hospitals and services have once again transitioned to amber alert, and while I know this is not unfamiliar to a lot of you, I also know it presents challenges in your working environment and for our patients and their families. I would like to say thank you to everyone for their continued understanding and patience. The New South Wales community has been phenomenal in responding to COVID-19, with record numbers turning out to be vaccinated, while testing numbers remain high. The changes, such as mask wearing and reduced numbers of visitors, can be stressful – but as health professionals we know these changes are essential and we need to continue to abide by them. Some of you may have already seen the news, but this week our district will be saying farewell to Medical Executive Director Dr Tamsin Waterhouse. Tamsin has been with us since October 2018 and in a relatively short time made a phenomenal contribution to our LHD – we have all benefited from her intellect, her love of the public health system and her integrity. She has never shied away from what is important for patients and has maintained an unwavering commitment to the safety and quality of the care we

provide. Tamsin has been called to the Bar, starting a new career as a barrister in the city. We are immensely proud of her and so thrilled she can now fulfil this long held ambition. While I am so sorry to lose her, as I know many of you will be, I can only but think how lucky those in need of legal advocacy will be to have Tamsin take their brief. Recruitment is underway to ensure we maintain the support to our medical workforce and research. In exciting news, we are one step closer to announcing the 2021 winners of our Quality Improvement Awards. I am always proud to hear about the work you are doing across our district that makes a real and positive difference to the lives of our patients, consumers, and their families and carers. This year’s submissions again highlight how dedicated and committed you are to providing the highest quality care to our community. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted applications this year and not surprising the judging process was not easy. Congratulations to our finalists for 2021. The winning project teams and runner up for each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 29 June at 9:30am.

Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District



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