NSLHD News August 12 2022

Our district has been fortunate to make two prestigious appointments recently which will have lasting impact on our research success and ultimately improve the care we provide. I would like to congratulate Professor Bruce Robinson on being appointed the inaugural NSLHD Chair of Research. Bruce will step into the newly created role this month, bringing a tremendous wealth of research, clinical and policy experience with him. As we look to increase the impact of our research, Bruce will seek to identify new opportunities for collaboration with key research partners. Importantly, he will also be working to ensure our research increasingly influences national and international health policy and practice. He joins Professor Jim Elliott who has been appointed the Kolling Institute’s Academic Director. As a Professor of Allied Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney and Northern Sydney Local Health District, Jim is highly respected across the national and international research community. I look forward to following the continued success of the Kolling Institute and I have no doubt Jim’s leadership and experience will be highly valued. It was a privilege to attend the launch of ‘Tiny Feet, Big Journeys– A Guide for Pregnant Women and their Families’ recently. The new booklet will provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums-to-be and their families across the district with information they need to successfully navigate their pregnancy. I am sure it will be an invaluable resource that has been produced by Northern

Sydney LHD Nursing and Midwifery Directorate, Maternal, Neonatal and Women’s Health Network and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service. Nominations are now open for our 2022 Exceptional People Awards. The awards recognise individuals, teams and volunteers who go above and beyond every day to make a difference for the benefit of their colleagues, patients and consumers. I know the challenges you have all been facing as we continue to respond to COVID-19 and the winter flu season, which is why it is so important that our staff are recognised through these awards. Nominations can be submitted by staff, volunteers and consumer advocates, and also by our patients and consumers. To find out more and submit a nomination, please visit the awards webpage here: www.bit. ly/3BPTxBc Speaking of awards, two of our incredible nurses have been named as finalists in this year’s state Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards. A huge congratulations to Matthew Weiss from Ryde Hospital who is a finalist for the New to Practice Nurse/Midwife of the Year, and Barbara Scott, also from Ryde, who is a finalist for the Healing Heart Award for exceptional care. All of our nurses and midwives are incredible and I wish Matthew and Barbara all the best when the winners will be announced later this year.

Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District



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