NSLHD News December 1 2022

Smiles were aplenty at the ceremony

Mental health clinicians in the spotlight For the first time in two years, the district’s

said. “You know first-hand the challenges that our hospitals and health services have faced and you have continued to provide the highest quality care and compassion to all who come through our doors needing help. “There has been a lot to celebrate, including the expansion of PACER, which is proving to be such a needed and welcome asset in our community to assist those people in need. Other achievements include the delivery of virtual mental health service and safeguard teams for child youth mental health services.” There were 165 nominations received this year for the MHDA Rewards and Recognition program across eight categories - see the full list of winners below. Support service Indra Bhandari and Phatwaran Thavee, Child and Youth MHS Quality, improvement and innovation Paul Tyne, Child and Youth MHS Unsung Heroes Emily Walters, Child and Youth MHS Rebecca Colegrave, Drug and Alcohol Kiah Robertson, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai MHS Fiona Kearney, Macquarie Hospital Kerry Mawson, MHDA Directorate Patricia Nixon, Northern Beaches MHS Darrel Hannam, North Shore Ryde MHS Stephen McCabe, North Shore Ryde MHS Peo-hong Veigal, Older Persons MHS

mental health drug and alcohol teams gathered in person to celebrate their achievements. The annual event was held at Hornsby RSL where staff enjoyed lunch and some entertainment by former Channel 9’s Today show entertainment reporter Richard Reid, who was MC for the day. Interim Chief Executive Lee Gregory said the past three years had “not been easy times for any of us” and clinicians had seen first-hand how the community has suffered through the pandemic. “We have seen the increase in the number of people experiencing a mental health or substance issue present to our hospitals,” he Staff member of the year (non-management) Lisa Townsend, Child and Youth Mental Health Services (MHS) Staff member of the year, consumer/carer nominated Donna Toll, North Shore Ryde MHS Collaborative team Youth Response Team, Child and Youth MHS Diversity James Hannelly and Michael Troy, North Shore Ryde MHS Manager of the year Anthony Neville, Northern Beaches MHS

Interim CE Lee Gregory (far right) participates in a bongo drum activity as part of the celebrations

Guests were treated to MC Richard Reid



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