NSLHD News October 8

MEssage FROM the chairman Trevor Danos AM

With less than 100 days until the end of 2020 it feels as though a breath of fresh air isn’t too far away. It has been a trying year for us all but one that has shown the true colours of our amazing, dynamic organisation. Our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy is ready to be unveiled. This piece of work contains the voice of our staff and offers a wonderful opportunity for us to show our community, and employees, that we are prioritising diversity and inclusion in our organisation. The benefits of diversity and inclusion are multiple for our organisation. Diversity brings new perspectives and with new perspectives come the opportunity for better problem solving and increased productivity. Diverse groups contribute unique perspectives, which can lead to disruption of the status quo and breakthroughs in thought and the opportunity for our district to be an even more innovative organisation. Diversity and inclusion go hand-in-hand. When we create a work environment where employees see a representation of a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, they are more likely to bring their whole selves to work. This in turn leads to happier, more productive employees. We made several partnerships while developing the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy for guidance and support, including the Male Champions of Change (MCC). I am engaged as NSLHD’s MCC and am pleased to advise of a new report “Disrupting the system – preventing and responding to sexual harassment in the workplace”, which offers a guide for future approaches, actions

and resources to disrupt the ineffective systems for managing the issue of sexual harassment within organisations. This forms part of the mission to achieve gender equality, advance more and diverse women into leadership and build safe, respectful and inclusive environments for all. There are certainly challenges ahead and important conversations to be had, but I am convinced that the NSLHD Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging action plan will help lead us in the right direction. I invite you all to get involved. There are a number of ways such as joining one of our Employee Networks, participating in our days of celebration, or attending inclusion training. In some lovely news our Board member, Dr Michelle Mulligan, has been appointed to the boards of the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) and the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). This is a very prestigious appointment and brings great credit to Michelle, and in reflected glory, to the Anaesthetics and Surgical departments, RNSH and the District. No doubt an appointment made in recognition of (among other things) Michelle’s leadership during COVID-19 and the high standing in which Michelle, her wide-ranging contributions to date, and her judgment are held by her peers, the NSW Minister for Health and the NSW Health Secretary. I am pleased Michelle will remain on the NSLHD Board. Bravo Michelle, we are all delighted for you and very proud to have you as a colleague.

Trevor Danos AM Board Chair Northern Sydney Local Health District


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