NSLHD News March 17 2023

Smiles were aplenty at NSLHD’s inaugural health symposium

NSLHD LGBTIQ+ Employee Network Host First Symposium Northern Sydney Local Health District’s LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer) employee network held NSLHD’s inaugural health symposium last week. The event involved staff, consumers, and representatives from ACON, Pride in equally as interesting discussions. “We look forward to completing a report of the day and are looking to use it as a resource across the district and for future planning of our delivery of care.

“I am excited to see what the district does to improve the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people accessing healthcare.” Heather Gough, executive sponsor of the NSLHD LGBTIQ+ Employee Network said the symposium provided a great opportunity to come together. “The event provided the space to listen to clinicians, healthcare workers and people who have lived experience and learn from them,” Heather said. The NSLHD LGBTIQ+ Employee Network involves a group of passionate and engaged LGBTIQ+ people and allies. If you want to get involved, contact NSLHD- LGBTQIPlusEmployeeNetwork@health.nsw. gov.au Head of the Northern Clinical School Associate Professor Margaret Schnitzler said she is proud of the amazing work done by clinicians and researchers at the clinical school, including several hundred unpaid affiliates who teach in the medical program. “It is a genuine privilege to educate the doctors of the future and to know that we are contributing to delivering high quality healthcare to people in northern Sydney and the wider community,” she said. To celebrate the 75th anniversary, RNSH archivist Cate Storey (pictured on front cover) held an exhibition of the hospital’s archives featuring many Northern Clinical School documents since its inception.

Diversity, Pride in Health and Wellbeing, The Gender Centre, South Western Sydney Local Health District, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, and across the NSW Health Service and NSW Public Service coming together to talk about LGBTIQ+ health and discuss ideas and requirements for delivering best practice care for LGBTIQ+ people. Co-chair of the employee network and emcee of the symposium Tidge Backhouse said the day was a huge success. “We are absolutely stoked with how the day went,” Tidge said. “With over 160 participants in-person and online, the presentations were met with Diamond Jubilee marking 75 years since the first students commenced on March 15th 1948. The school has a dedicated team of professional staff who support nearly 250 students undertaking the University of Sydney’s four year Doctor of Medicine program as well as over 100 higher degree research students. In addition to providing teaching, the academic staff of the Northern Clinical School are involved in world-leading research which is supported by millions of dollars in competitive grant funding each year.

Northern Clinical School celebrates 75 years The Northern Clinical School of the Sydney Medical School recently celebrated it’s



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