Executive Messages

October 2019

International Allied Health Professionals Day,  Monday 14 October 



Jacqueline Dominish, WSLHD Director Allied Health, invites staff to celebrate International Allied Health Professionals Day on Monday 14 October.


  • Inaugural International Allied Health Presentation at Westmead Hospital: 1.00-2.00pm, Cabaret Room, WECC level 1

  • Morning tea at Blacktown Hospital: 9.30-11.30am, Hospital Street

National Carers Week, 13–19 October



Dear colleagues,


Carers have an invaluable role in the lives of those they care for and our community.


National Carers Week, 13–19 October, is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make. Nationally, more than 2.7 million carers provide unpaid personal care, assistance and support to a family member or friend.


Within WSLHD, almost 1,800 staff (13%) provide informal care in addition to their regular work roles.


I have the utmost respect for all of our staff who manage caring responsibilities alongside their work and other commitments.


Being a carer can be demanding and it is important that carers look after themselves.


The Australian Government has developed the Carer Gateway to support carers in their roles. The site includes everything from tips for advocating for patients and handling legal matters to getting respite and planning for emergencies.


Additional support is available via the WSLHD Carer Program, which provides advocacy and assistance in relation to leave for working carers, inservice carer education, events and resources. To find out more, email wslhd-carerprogram@health.nsw.gov.au. Free counselling is also available to all WSLHD staff at any time via the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Next week, I encourage you all to take the opportunity to say thank you to a carer for partnering with us to improve patient health and safety.


Graeme Loy

WSLHD Chief Executive

Grace Under Pressure performance and workshops


Dear colleagues,

I’m pleased to invite you to attend the Grace Under Pressure performances in November.

Sometimes hilarous, sometimes heatbreaking, these compelling performances weave together the experiences of health professionals.


All staff are invited to attend any of the performances, regardless of their work location.


The details of the events are below.


Date: 20 November

Location: Lecture Theatre, Level 3 Clinical School, WSLHD University Building, Blacktown Hospital 

Times: Performance 1, 1.00-2.30pm, Performance 2, 5.30-7.00pm

Date: 25 November

Location: Auditorium, WECC, Westmead Hospital

Times: Performance 1, 9.30-11.00am, Performance 2, 2.00-3.30pm


Places are limited so please RSVP to amelia.burfitt@health.nsw.gov.au.



Luci Caswell
Director, People & Culture

Leave arrangements for General Manager, Westmead & Auburn Hospitals



Dear colleagues


Brett Thompson, General Manager, Westmead & Auburn Hospitals will be continuing his leave from Tuesday 8 October to Friday 18 October.


Dr Roslyn Crampton will be acting General Manager during this time. Roslyn can be contacted via the following email addresses:





Thank you


Graeme Loy

WSLHD Chief Executive

Congratulations to our 2019 Quality Awards winners



Dear colleagues,


Congratulations to all of our 2019 WSLHD Quality Award winners who were recognised at our gala event at Western Sydney University Rydalmere campus on Friday night.


The WSLHD Quality Awards is an annual opportunity to celebrate some of the amazing work across the District to improve healthcare and health outcomes in Western Sydney. This was an outstanding event where we were able to celebrate some of the great achievements and innovation and I was enormously impressed by each and every submission.

Selected projects have been submitted for further recognition at state and national levels as part of the NSW Health Innovation Awards, the NSW Premier's Awards and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Quality Awards.


Congratulations to all teams who submitted entries this year – every project has made a difference to our patients, colleagues and community.


Thank you to everyone who supported their colleagues by voting for the NewsLocal People’s Choice Award or attending the awards ceremony last Friday.


What a fantastic evening…


You can see some of the highlights in this short video.



Graeme Loy

WSLHD Chief Executive

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