NSLHD News May 8

New outdoor meeting space is a breath of fresh air Families have been given a new outdoor space to meet with specialists while attending the Coral Tree Family Service at North Ryde.

Coral Tree is a NSW state-wide tertiary referral service that aims to assist children and their families experiencing significant difficulties with mental health, behaviour, emotions and relationships. Located on the Macquarie Hospital campus, the service helps children aged 12 years and under who many have long-standing difficulties in their home, school and social environments. Manager Cathryn Mcelroy said the new space was an alternative meeting space away from a clinical setting. “Some of our families have experienced trauma and been in many doctors’ rooms so having a space outdoors is a good alternative for them,” Cathryn said. “Parents are even coming to use it for some quiet time and watch their children play. “It has come just in time for Coronavirus so it has been good for social distancing and giving clinicians another space that’s not indoors.” Coral Tree offers family residential programs which involves the family of the referred child attending a planned four-night residential stay (Monday to Friday). Goals are set at the

Coral Tree’s new outfoor area

beginning of a family’s stay, and the ‘living in’ nature of the program allows for opportunities to find and practise new ways of relating and managing issues within a supported environment. This program is available to families who reside anywhere in NSW. A clinical school program is offered in partnership with Arndell School. Children attend the co-located school for up to three terms, while engaging therapeutically with Coral Tree. This program is available to families who reside within a manageable commuting distance. Other services offered include a day program and consultations with other mental health professionals in NSW Health services, who are seeking input from Coral Tree to support their work with families that are struggling to make progress.

The power of gratitude During complex and unpredictable times like

thank for their contribution to the COVID-19 response? Or someone you want to welcome to your team? To access these cards simply click on the NSLHD intranet Compliments portal, choose a card, recipient and share your message. The whole process takes less than one minute! Over 1600 cards have been sent across the district since its inception in July 2019. Send a card today- it’s a great way to celebrate staff strengths, spread some kindness and drive a positive culture at NSLHD.

COVID-19, taking the time to express gratitude can improve our health and wellbeing. A simple and easy way this can be done is by sending a Compliment card to a colleague to recognise and celebrate their incredible work, dedication and commitment. We have recently expanded our repertoire of cards to include a ‘Welcome’ card, ‘Well done’ card, ‘Just to say’ card and an updated ‘Thank you’ card. Is there a colleague you can



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