NSLHD News March 31 2023

Social workers at RNSH came together to celebrate the day

World Social Work Day Social workers at Royal North Shore Hospital recently came together to celebrate World Social Work Day on 21 March. World Social Work Day is celebrated every year to acknowledge the contributions social workers make to communities around the world. This year’s there was ‘Respecting Diversity through Joint Social Action’. RNSH Social Work Health Professional Educator Louise Finnegan said the day is an opportunity to bring light to the broad range of work social workers do. “Social workers play a vital role to ensure a patient and their social system is considered when exploring options for health

intervention and care planning,” she said. “It’s great to have a day to recognise the work social workers do and particularly the work they do around this year’s theme of respecting diversity. “Across the district our social workers consistently promote inclusion and embrace diversity, as well as focus on the strengths and abilities of people to make choices for their own lives.” Staff were treated to a presentation by Lila Rhodes from ACON, NSW’s leading HIV and sexuality and gender diverse health organisation, followed by a lunch. “We want to empower people with knowledge on what services are provided by us here at NSLHD and how the community can access them.” The NSLHD Oral Health Service consists of four dental clinics - RNSH Community Health Centre; Hornsby Hospital; Brookvale Community Health Centre and Top Ryde Dental Clinic. The service offers a range of dental services including general dentistry and emergency dental services to all children under 18 years old and eligible adults who hold a health care card, pensioner concession card or commonwealth senior’s health card.

NSLHD celebrates Oral Health staff Oral health staff across the district recently celebrated World Oral Health Day.

This year’s theme “Be Proud of Your Mouth” focused on the importance of caring for your mouth at every stage of life. To mark the day, stalls were set up at Royal North Shore and Hornsby hospitals by staff to help raise awareness about oral health and the services provided across the district. NSLHD Oral Health Services Business Manager Anju Sharma said the day is an important way to raise awareness about oral health and the impact it has on overall health and happiness. “World Oral Health Day highlights how a healthy mouth is important for our happiness and well-being,” she said.



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