NSLHD News September 10

with the people around us, both at work and home, and support anyone who is struggling. From the 2019-20 devastating bushfire season to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year continues to be extremely challenging for every one – whether you’re on the frontline or working behind the scenes. Each and every one of you have played an important part in our preparedness to respond to the pandemic. We must not underestimate its impact, as well as the affect it may have also had in your personal supporting and looking out for each other, R U OK? Day is an important reminder to start a conversation with a colleague, family member or friend you’re worried about. Please remember the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all staff and immediate family. It’s a free, confidential counselling, coaching and wellbeing service. You can find out further details on the Intranet. Even though travel is currently restricted, please remember to give yourself a break and take some time off. life, on your families and friends. While I know you are all constantly You have all been working incredibly hard to care for our patients, consumers and the community, and it’s so important that you take the time to look after your own health and wellbeing. message FROM the Chief executive Deb Willcox

I am excited to announce a new district project to develop a Northern Sydney Health, Education and Research Precinct Plan for the Royal North Shore Hospital campus. The plan will enable us to focus on our need to meet the growing and evolving healthcare needs of our community. The Royal North Shore Hospital campus has seen a lot of change over the past decade, and it will continue to evolve to meet new models of care, drive research and build on our culture of education and delivering quality healthcare. Our plan will complement the Greater Sydney Commission’s plan for the area around Royal North Shore Hospital, identifying it as a health, education and research precinct as well as the NSW Health State Plan – Towards 2021. Growing and investing in the Northern Sydney Health, Education and Research Precinct is key to improving the health and wellbeing of the NSLHD population and will deliver employment, more innovation and a competitive edge on the global research stage. The planning process will include the establishment of a Precinct Planning Committee with representation across all staff groups as well as our campus partners. We will be holding some targeted discussions over the coming months and this will be followed by a wide and deep consultation will all those on the RNSH campus and our partners. I look forward to working with you over the coming months to see the future course for this very special campus. Thursday 10 September is R U OK? Day – a day which encourages all of us to connect

Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District


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