NSLHD News October 23

Early-Career Allied Health Professional of the Year Judith Wong (RNSH physiotherapy) Judith currently holds a role with the RNSH orthopaedics and trauma wards. Judith works hard to actively seek opportunities which improve clinical, business and operational practices readily standing out amongst her peers for this work. Judith consistently looks for opportunities to share her knowledge and passion for orthopaedics and trauma to engage and empower her physiotherapy team, orthopaedic partners and patients.

Allied Health Assistant/Technician of the Year Hamish Bradshaw (MVH physiotherapy) Hamish is a valued member of the Mona Vale Inpatient Rehabilitation allied health team. Hamish has over 10 years’ experience working with multiple physiotherapy teams and plays an integral part in our delivery of patient centred care. Hamish supports patients and the consumers, with a focus on determining autonomy in their own health care and choices.

Allied Health Researcher of the Year Dr Sally Wootton (CDRS, MV)

Dr Sally Wootton, exemplifies the NSLHD core values whilst having the patient at the centre of her practice. Dr Wootton has led a number of research projects and provided support to both PhD students and clinicians. Dr Wootton is a chief investigator on the Mobile Pulmonary Rehabilitation (mPRTM) project and on a novel GP and Physiotherapy partnership project. She has lead the Chronic Disease Community Rehabilitation Service through COVID-19, to develop an evidence based rehabilitation telehealth model of care for patients living with chronic respiratory disease and chronic failure across NSLHD. your drinking habits. And all calls are strictly confidential. “They will give you practical tools and support you, without judgement. They’ll help you set achievable goals, make a plan and overcome barriers that stand in your way.” “The coaches are not there to tell you what to do either,” reassured Rebecca. Northern Sydney resident Jane, aged 59, did the program last year and found the coaches very supportive. “She rang when she said she would and was encouraging. She also listened and wasn’t overwhelmed by what I told her,” reported Jane. If you are like Jane and need a little help to cut back, sign up to get your own free Get Healthy coach by calling 1300 806 258 or use the simple online form at: www.gethealthynsw. com.au In addition, health professionals can also support their patients/clients get support to reduce alcohol consumption by referring them to the Get Healthy Service through the online referral at www.gethealthynsw.com.au/health- professionals.

Get Support to Drink Less Many people enjoy a drink from time to time. Yet drinking too much alcohol or drinking too often may not be the best for your health. In our current climate some people may find themselves drinking more than they intended to cope with anxiety, negativity, stress, changed work place and practice, and our changing environment. If you want to drink less, it helps to have someone on your side who will support you on your journey and celebrate when you succeed. “Many of us might think we can change our drinking habits whenever we want. And yet how many of us do?” asks Health Promotion Officer, Rebecca Macnaughton. We don’t always have the tools we need to change a habit; Do you know how to set achievable goals and take it step by step? Do you know what might get in your way? Do you have someone to check in with you and celebrate the changes you do make? A personal health coach, on the other end of the phone, may make all the difference. The NSW Get Healthy Information & Coaching Service has free health coaches who are friendly and trained to help you change



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