NSLHD News March 3 2023

It is always special to celebrate our staff who go above and beyond for their patients, consumers, and colleagues. Last week I had the pleasure of attending the NSW Allied Health Awards where we had two staff members selected as finalists. A huge congratulations to Senior Radiation Therapist Leigh Ambrose who was nominated for Allied Health Professional of the Year and occupational therapist and Student Unit Clinical Educator Katrina Travassaros who was nominated for Allied Health Educator of the Year. Amongst 13,000 allied health clinicians across NSW, you should both be incredibly proud to have been selected as finalists. In a remarkable achievement Royal North Shore Hospital has once again been named as one of the best hospitals in Australia, with Hornsby Hospital also named in the top 30. The publication Newsweek has named RNSH the third best hospital in Australia which is a testament to the incredible staff and hospital executive who have managed to deliver world-class care to patients and their families despite the challenges our health system has faced. Congratulations to Hornsby which came in at 28 for its care and services delivered to patients. This is a great achievement. The 2023 COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is now available for eligible groups. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends a booster dose for anyone aged 65+ and people aged 18-64 years who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. For anyone aged between 18 and 65 who is not at higher risk of severe illness, ATAGI recommends you consider a booster dose, regardless of how many previous vaccinations you have received.

locations across NSW including GPs and pharmacies. Visit the Vaccine Clinic Finder to make a booking – http://bit.ly/3xZUEeG. Staff can receive a booster dose at the RNSH vaccination clinic. The vaccination hub , located on level 6 of the Douglas Building, is open Mondays and Fridays, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Bookings are not required, walk-ins welcome. The new Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice (AYAH) in Manly has welcomed its first patient. Nineteen-year-old Paralympian Jamieson Leeson is spending two weeks at the AYAH where she is receiving respite care. The AYAH is Australia’s first dedicated service for 15 to 24-year-old patients with life-limiting illness and offers respite care, symptom management, end-of-life care, and care coordination support in the transition from children to adult services. Thank you to all our staff at the AYAH for creating such a warm and welcoming environment for our new patients. It is exciting to see nominations are now open for our district’s Quality and Improvement Awards. Staff across our district achieve great things every day and the awards help us put these accomplishments in the spotlight. They help showcase the hard work and delivery of programs and services that have such a positive impact on the people we care for, our colleagues and the broader community. Like in previous years, the awards will inform our entries into the NSW Premier’s Awards and NSW Health Awards. You can find out more about the awards on the NSLHD website – http://bit.ly/3YegN3A

Lee Gregory I/Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District

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