NSLHD News August 20

Message from the Chief Executive Deb Willcox

As stay-at-home orders continue to restrict our movement and freedoms it is heartening to see vaccination rates surge and members of our staff and community step up to assist others in their time of need. A number of our staff have been redeployed to the Special Health Accommodation sites managed by our colleagues at Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) to provide care to COVID-19 positive patients and those needing to isolate but without appropriate premises. I would like to say a huge thank you to those who have made this transition – your efforts have not gone unnoticed and I am receiving lots of wonderful feedback from our SLHD counterparts. Naturally, there is a lot of caution and questions at the moment, and our district executive is committed to doing whatever it can to ensure to have all the information and support you need. One of those measures includes virtual forums covering a range of COVID-19 questions and concerns, with session arranged for allied health, heads of department, NUMs and MUMs and junior medical officers. The first of these forums was held at Royal North Shore Hospital this week and I sincerely hope they useful to all those who attended. I was joined by members of the district executive team and the clinical advisory group who were able to provide information on a number of topics including leave entitlements, PPE supplies, mask fit testing and our vaccination program.

Dates and times for these forums at our other hospitals and services will be communicated over the next few days so please look out for your invitation. With the current COVID-19 outbreak it is an even more important time for you to provide feedback about your workplace. The Public Service Commission People Matter Employee Survey (PMES) will be live from 23 August until 17 September. The PMES is rolled out across the state every year and is a great tool for us to understand what works well for you here at Northern Sydney Local Health District and also to find out where we can make improvements to your workplace. I encourage you to take the time to complete the survey. It should only take you around 10-15 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential. Finally, as August draws to a close, Steptember is almost officially upon us. The annual event raises money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and encourages us to get as many steps in as possible. Our district has a proud history in Steptember, competing with corporate giants for the most funds raised Australia wide, while also staying active and healthy in the process. It’s a difficult time for all of us, but perhaps it is time to do something good for ourselves and good for others. To register yourself and your team to take part in this year’s edition, please visit www.steptember.org.au/join- northernsydneylhd Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District



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