NSLHD News September 10

Peer workers with CE Deb Willcox

peer workers support mental health consumers’ recovery Peer workers are playing a vital role in mental health consumers’ recovery sharing their experiences and personal journeys to help others. NSLHD now has 29 peer to consumers and carers, they also form part of the multi- disciplinary teams treating consumers. Recently Chief Executive Deb journey,” Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Engagement Manger Francesca Congilo said. “They bring their lived experience to the multi-

Willcox met with the peer workers who work across the clinical and community services. “We have 20 consumer peer workers who work in services to support the recovery of the consumers. By providing their lived experience they help in the person’s recovery

discplinary teams to participate in the care planning of a consumer. “We also have nine carer peer workers who provide invaluable input into service delivery.”

workers who come from all walks of life offering their valuable lived experiences to consumers and carers of mental health. Peer workers are part of the mental health workforce and not only provide mentoring world sepsis day This World Sepsis Day, September 13, clinical teams across NSLHD will take part in education sessions on the warning signs of sepsis. It comes as health workers are reminded to be alert to the risk of sepsis in patients with COVID-19. Sepsis is always caused by an infection and this can include COVID-19. In fact, sepsis is one of the ways which COVID-19 can cause serious

illness and death. Clinical Excellence

Lander said. Sepsis symptoms may include fast breathing or heart rate, slurred speech, confusion, fever or feeling very cold, muscle pain, low urine output, skin mottled or discoloured, and feeling extremely unwell. A range of resources on identifying and treating sepsis are available on the CEC website here: https://bit. ly/33bxrWX.

Commission (CEC) Director Systems Improvement Dr Harvey Lander said sepsis occurs when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multi-organ failure, long-term disability and death. “If your patient has signs and symptoms of infection always ask ‘Could it be sepsis?’,” Dr

nslhd’s roaring start to steptember Northern Sydney Local Health District is off to a red hot steppers and has raised more than $8400 with over 15 million steps taken. Not far behind, Hornsby

start to Steptember, clocking in more than 45 million steps and raising over $24,000 so far for children and adults with cerebral palsy. Royal North Shore Hospital has the top number of

to seven million steps and raised more than $4000. An amazing result by all staff involved. Keep up the steps!

Hospital staff have taken more than nine million steps, raising more than $3200, followed by Brookvale Community Health Centre which has taken close



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