NSLHD News May 15 2023

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Main story Celebrating our nurses and midwives Celebrations were in full swing for International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife. Pages 4 and 5 Short blurb Read more on Page x

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging strategy launch Page 3

RNSH celebrates surgical research & innovation Page 6


What a couple of weeks it has been across the Northern Sydney Local Health District. We proudly launched our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy 2023- 2027. I would like to acknowledge and thank everyone for their hard work in bringing this strategy to life. We were able to have members from each of our five employee networks at the launch and it was fantastic to see firsthand just how passionate our employee networks are about making our district a safe and inclusive space for everyone. If you want to get involved in our employee networks, please visit the NSLHD Employee Networks page on the intranet. People with lived experience and allies are welcome to join. I am proud to work as part of such an inclusive organisation and I look forward to following the progress of the strategy in the coming years. It was fantastic to see and be a part of our wonderful International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife celebrations across the district. To our wonderful nurses, thank you for always providing the best possible care to our patients and their families across the district. You are there for some of their best and worst days and the care you provide is second to none. Equally to our wonderful midwives, thank you for the work you do every day in supporting families on their parenthood journeys and helping to bring new lives safely into this world. Our expecting parents and their families are in the best possible hands when coming under your care. The Bureau of Health Information (BHI) recently released the Emergency Department Patient Survey 2021–22. Whilst 2021 and 2022 presented challenges with coronavirus and influenza, our emergency departments continued to provide

exceptional care to our patients and their families. I was noticeably happy to see that 78 per cent of our emergency departments patients throughout 2021 and 2022 answered that they would speak highly of our EDs and 85 per cent said staff were always kind and caring towards them. Emergency departments can be stressful for both patients and staff and these results are just another indication of the fantastic health care we provide across the district. Now is the time to receive your influenza vaccination, which is available to all staff members and your families. I’d like to thank everyone who has already been vaccinated. For information about the influenza vaccine, online consent, and times and locations visit the NSLHD Home Intranet via the Influenza Vaccination Program 2023 “Quick Links” portal. It was a privilege to attend Administrative Professionals Day celebrations at Macquarie Hospital. All our administrative professionals across the district play a vital role and it is important that we use occasions like this to acknowledge the exceptional work that happens often behind the scenes. I’d like to extend a big congratulations to all the inaugural award winners and thank everyone who helped organise the day.

Lee Gregory I/Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District



Members from our employee networks launch our DEIB Strategy

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging strategy launched Staff came together to celebrate the launch

Get involved and find out more about the employee networks here: https://bit.ly/ NSLHD-employee-networks. Read the new DEIB Strategy here: https://bit. ly/DEIB-Strategy.

of the district’s new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategy 2023-2027. The new strategy comes after the conclusion of the district’s first Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy which was in place 2020 to 2022. A key shift has been to incorporate a focus on equity in the new program of work. Interim Chief Executive Lee Gregory said the strategy shows the district’s strong commitment to making NSLHD a great place to work for all, regardless of personal background or life experience. “The launch was a special opportunity to hear about the objectives of the new DEIB Strategy and some of the initiatives planned to help us deliver on our vision to create a workforce that reflects the community we serve, where people from all walks of life are represented, respected and feel that they belong,” Lee said. “It was wonderful to have representatives from our five employee networks speaking at the launch event and sharing moving personal experiences of inclusion at NSLHD. It was also great to hear about the work our people have been doing to promote greater inclusion for all and what they want to achieve over the five-year DEIB Strategy period.” NSLHD offers all staff an opportunity to participate in any of the five employee networks, including: 1. Muru Dali Gili Gili Network 2. Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Employee Network 3. The Employee Resource Network on Disability 4. The Pride+ Employee Network and 5. Embrace Gender Equity Employee Network

NSLHD Board Member Adam Johnson (bottom right) was joined by fellow members from each of the Employee Resource Network on Disabilty



Nurses from Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

Nurses from Mona Vale Hospital

Celebrating our nurses Team lunches, staff awards, Amazing Race days were amongst this year’s celebrations for International Nurses Day. The day is marked every year on 12 May with a different theme, with this year’s theme being Our Nurses. Our Future. NSLHD Director, Nursing and Midwifery Services Claire Harris said this theme sets out what the International Council of Nurses wants for nursing in the future in order to address the global health challenges and improve global health for all. “We need to learn from the lessons of the pandemic and translate these into actions for the future that ensure nurses are protected, respected and valued,” Claire said. “Nurses are there for some of the hardest days of people’s lives, and some of their best. “When I walk through our hospitals, community health centres or services, I always find myself struck by the care and compassion you all show to our patients and consumers, their families, and one another. “Today is about celebrating you and the exceptional care, devotion and the kindness you all provide to our patients and their families. “I could not be prouder of all of you, and I thank you for all that you do.”

Staff from the Brolga Child & Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Nurses from Royal North Shore Hospital

Nurses from Ryde Hospital

Nurses from the Brookvale Community Health Centre



Midwives from Royal North Shore Hospital celebrate

Recognising our midwives International Day of the Midwife was celebrated on 5 May across Northern Sydney Local Health District. Staff at Hornsby and Royal North Shore hospitals celebrated with morning and afternoon teas, awards and even a visit from Delta Dogs. This year’s theme was Together Again: From Evidence to Reality. NSLHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery Claire Harris said this is a nod to the upcoming 33rd International Confederation of Midwives’ Triennial Congress, where the global midwife community will come together for the first time in more than five years. “For our midwives, you take on such a special role in so many people’s lives,” she said. “The support, education and care you provide stays with parents and families long after they have left our hospitals and services. “Thank you to each and every one of you working in our hospitals and supporting families in our community, and providing compassionate care at such a life-changing time for many. “Your dedication, skill and compassionate care is felt by thousands of women, their partners and families.” Last year staff cared for more than 5195 babies born at Royal North Shore and Hornsby hospitals.

Midwives from Hornsby Hospital were joined by Director of Nursing and Midwifery Claire Harris for the celebrations



RNSH celebrates surgical research & innovation Once again, Royal North Shore Hospital

“These awards enable us as an organisation to recognise the achievements of some of our very talented clinicians by supporting quality improvement projects or research studies that contribute to better patient outcomes and excellence in surgical practice,” he said. “Congratulations to each recipient of these prestigious awards.” Dr Hollings and his family were also in attendance this year to present recipients with their awards. The event was jointly hosted by the RNSH Surgical Education Research & Training (SERT) Institute and the Department of Gastroenterology.

celebrated the Harry Cumberland Travelling Scholarship and the Ray Hollings Surgical Excellence Award with over 80 attendees. Both awards were established through generous philanthropic donations from the surgeons they are named after and are offered annually to promote surgical innovation, research and quality improvement. Interim NSLHD Chief Executive Lee Gregory acknowledged the significant contribution both doctors made throughout their combined century-long surgical careers, and expressed appreciation for their ongoing support and generosity to enable these awards. The Harry Cumberland Travelling Scholarship Recipient: Dr Alex Papachristos Dr Alex Papachristos received $5000 for his study “A novel cyto-immunotherapy for advanced medullary thyroid cancer”, supervised by Professor Stan Sidhu. Runner up: Dr Calvin Park for his study of how physiological and clinical criteria for functional bowel disorders may help select patients that respond to biofeedback. Supervised by Dr Alison Malcolm.

Ray Hollings Surgical Excellence Award Recipients

Dr Amanda Chung

Dr Amanda Chung received $5000 for her study, a randomised control trial between John Hunter and Royal North Shore Hospital titled: “Improving surgical patient comprehension and communication”

Dr Leo Pang

Dr Leo Pang received $5000 for his project: “Pioneering ahead and neck cancer screening program at Royal Northshore hospital”.

Clinical Associate Professor Mark Sywak received $10,000 for his study: “Radio- Frequency Ablation for the management of benign thyroid nodular disease”. Clinical Associate Professor Mark Sywak



Celebrating our Administrative Professionals Celebrations recently took place for Administrative Professionals Day, highlighted by an inaugural awards ceremony. Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated each year to acknowledge the work administrative staff carry out each day across the district. To mark the occasion, administrative

professionals from across the district came together at Macquarie Hospital for an awards ceremony and a panel discussion. Interim Chief Executive Lee Gregory said the day serves as an important reminder to recognise the work admin staff do to ensure different departments and services function coherently across the district. “It’s great that we are back this year to formally recognise the work our admin staff do through the inaugural awards ceremony,” he said. “I would like to formally thank all of you for the work you do. You are all the backbone to so many teams and services across the district and I hope you know your work doesn’t go unnoticed.”

2023 Administrative AWARD winners Patient Focused Award – Rita Marando CORE Values and Behaviours Award – Liz Mancheril George Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital (HKH) Site Award – Tamara Kopeliaris Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Site Award – Elizabeth Schumacher Primary and Community Health (PaCH) Site Award – Helen McLachlan Mental Health Drug and Alcohol (MHDA) – Kristina Jamotchian Rising Star Award – Ursula Whitehead The Leadership Award – Anita Rowbotham 2023 Admin Professional of the year – Anita Rowbotham

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