NSLHD News March 17 2023

Message from the board chair Trevor Danos AM

It has been an exceptional time for our district with so many wonderful achievements of which we can all be so very proud. I had the pleasure of attending the Exceptional People Awards 2022 at Luna Park and was once again in awe of the calibre of all the worthy individual and team recipients who every day go above and beyond in caring for our patients and community. I was joined by NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce AM who was equally impressed by the people who make up our diverse and talented organisation. The annual awards (for individuals and teams) are made by reference to the pillars of the district’s Strategic Plan. There are two other general categories of individual and team awards based on leadership and our CORE values. There is one other award, the Board’s commendation award, which I was especially delighted to present to Dash Gray and Tidge Backhouse who are co-chairs of the NSLHD LGBTIQ+ Committee. On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate all the nominees and recipients of the Exceptional People Awards. These awards are just one way we can celebrate and recognise the wonderful work of staff across our district. Our district held its first LGBTIQ+ Health Symposium with great success at the Ministry of Health headquarters. More than 50 people attended to hear from industry leaders speak of their experience (as both staff and as health consumers) and guide our district on what it needs to do meet the NSW Health’s LGBTIQ+ Strategy 2022-2027 and be an inclusive organisation. The symposium was an important step in our district’s journey as it prepares to launch the Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging Strategy soon. This is a priority focus of the Board and one for which I look forward to seeing more achievements in 2023. In May we will be holding the Advancing Women in Medical Leadership conference, a showcase event that will provide an opportunity for our female medical leaders to network and hear from a talented line up of internal and external speakers on how they managed to break barriers and advance their careers. This is another example of the tremendous work that is being done at our district to create a diverse and equitable work place where everyone feels they belong.

The 2023 NSLHD Board Strategy Day was recently held with more than 50 people attending including board members, the district executive, clinical network directors and university partners, along with clinicians and researchers from across the district.

2023 NSLHD Board Strategy Day

Themed around Research, Innovation and Technology, the strategy day was a great success and will help inform the district’s agenda in these key areas. NSLHD Chair of Research Professor Bruce Robinson AC gave a fabulous and informative address showcasing the district’s current research and future directions. We also heard about current fundraising and philanthropy trends by NORTH Foundation CEO Gilbert Lorquet. We were honoured to welcome Susan Pearce AM to our strategy day to give an overview and update on NSW Health’s 2022-2032 Future Health Plan. There is an opportunity for the district to aim for an even higher reputation through an innovative research agenda alongside its excellent clinical care. Our partners, specifically Macquarie University, Sydney University and UTS have good links to our district and the Board wants to focus on how we can strengthen those links and ensure we are a partner of choice for opportunities. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this very important day.

Trevor Danos AM Board Chair Northern Sydney Local Health District



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