March 2020

Blacktown Hospital is celebrating World Social Work Day


Join our Social Workers at Blacktown Hospital on Tuesday 17 March and celebrate World Social Work Day.

From 8.00am until 3.00pm our Social Workers will be holding a stall on Hospital Street - where you can come say hello to your local advocates of social change, learn about this year's theme "promoting the importance of human relationships", and have a look at resources that may be of benefit to you or someone you know.

What is social work?

“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing. The above definition may be amplified at national and/or regional levels.” (IFSW, 2014)

What issues do Social Workers help with?

Social Workers assist patients and their families through various social/emotional issues including:

• Carer stress
• Adjustment to an illness
• Child protection
• Crisis and trauma events- such as dealing with grief, loss and bereavement
• Domestic and family violence
• Elder abuse
• Family or relationship concerns
• Housing
• Information on funeral arrangements
• Practical, financial or legal concerns

For more information about Social Work, or how you can become a Social Worker, visit the Australian Association of Social Work website.

Contact for more information

Nadine Kenny

0447 842 789

Submitted by Nadine Kenny

WSLHD 2020 Quality Awards Program call for submissions


A fabulous opportunity to showcase innovative work is now available to all staff across WSLHD.

You and your team are invited to enter a submission in the 2020 WSLHD Quality Awards program. The project will reflect the great work undertaken by you and your team to ensure the patient experience is enhanced.

Submission/s are to be forwarded to your local quality manager following approval by your immediate manager. All projects are to be forwarded locally no later than 31 May 2020.

Your local quality manager is also available to assist you with any enquiries.

The entry submission template together with the framework (provides relevant information regarding the categories etc.) are readily available on the Quality Awards intranet page.

Contact for more information

Natalie Fester Lloyd

0429 395 78

Submitted by Natalie Fester Lloyd

Mindfulness for staff 


The Mindfulness-based Wellness and Compassionate (MWAC) program is a NSW Health initiative to support staff wellness and compassionate care. Research suggests that staff wellbeing can improve quality of patient care which increases positive clinical outcomes. Mindfulness meditation has been found to be beneficial in reducing stress and promoting psychological wellbeing.

Mindfulness is being offered on a fortnightly basis to all staff.

Venue: Westmead Education and Conference Centre (WECC), Westmead Hospital

Time: 2.30-3.30pm


  • Tuesday 24 March - Seminar room 7 (3.30pm - 4.30pm)

  • Tuesday 7 April - Lecture theatre 4

  • Tuesday 21 April - Seminar room 7

  • Tuesday 5 May - Seminar room 5

  • Tuesday 2 June - Seminar room 7

  • Tuesday 16 June - Seminar room 7

Dates and times for the second half of the year will be posted in June.

Facilitator: Shehzi Yusaf, Clinical Psychologist

No need to RSVP. Just turn up!


Contact for more information

Shehzi Yusaf

8890 6686

Submitted by Shehzi Yusaf

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