Our People & Culture

October 2020

Christmas / New Year rostering period



Roster Managers are advised that the agreed date for the additional public holiday between Christmas and New Year for NSW Health employees covered by relevant Industrial Awards is Thursday, 31 December 2020.


The following public holidays have been flagged in Health Roster.


Friday 25 December 2020 – Christmas Day

Saturday 26 December 2020 – Boxing Day

Monday 28 December 2020 – additional Boxing Day public holiday

Thursday 31 December 2020 – additional public holiday

Friday 1 January 2021 – New Year’s Day


The Christmas Closedown period for 2020-2021 is Friday, 25 December to Friday, 8 January 2021 inclusive and is identified as a low activity period for the District.


Each Directorate will allocate leave while ensuring that essential services continue to be staffed appropriately.


Employees are encouraged to discuss leave arrangements with their respective manager and take full advantage of the opportunity to enjoy valuable time with family and friends.


NSW Premier’s Awards



Dear Colleagues, 


I would like to congratulate the Pathways to Community Living Initiative (PCLI) team for being awarded "finalist" in the NSW Premier's Awards. Another fine achievement for our service that illustrates the benefits of patient-centred care. Please see the announcement made by Elizabeth Koff (Secretary NSW Health) below. 

Kind Regards, 

Prof Vlasios Brakoulias

Executive Director Mental Health

Dear colleagues


Congratulations to our finalists in this year’s NSW Premier’s Awards.


NSW Health has finalists in all nine award categories with a total of 11 finalists nominated, which is a reflection on the outstanding efforts and work across the NSW health system. 


The NSW Premier’s Awards celebrate excellence in the delivery of public services to the NSW community by the public sector, not-for-profit organisations and private businesses.


Please join me in congratulating these individuals and teams who have demonstrated our CORE values and made significant progress towards achieving the NSW Premier’s Priorities:


A Strong Economy

  • Liverpool Innovation Precinct - A vibrant collaboration to boost jobs and economy: South Western Sydney Local Health District

Highest Quality Education

  • Marrambidya Leadership Program: Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Well Connected Communities with Quality Local Environments

  • Arts in health infrastructure at Macksville Hospital: Health Infrastructure

Putting the Customer at the Centre

  • NSW Health Pathology's new COVID-19 SMS Result Service: NSW Health Pathology

Tackling Longstanding Social Challenges

  • Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods: Sydney Local Health District

  • WSLHD Pathways to Community Living Initiative: Western Sydney Local Health District

Excellence in Digital Innovation

  • rpavirtual – a new way of caring: Sydney Local Health District

Recovery and Resilience

  • Rapid close contact calls online training for COVID-19 response: Health Education and Training Institute

Anthea Kerr Award

  • Dr Deshan Sebaratnam: South Western Sydney Local Health District

NSW Public Servant of the Year

  • Associate Professor Elisabeth Murphy: Ministry of Health

  • Dr Kerry Chant: Ministry of Health

Winners of the 2020 NSW Premier's Awards will be announced at an online awards ceremony on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 4pm.


For the full list of finalists –  and details about these innovative teams, individuals and projects – please visit the NSW Premier's Awards website.

Kind regards

Elizabeth Koff
Secretary, NSW Health

Mindfulness and Kindness meditation online for staff



As part of the Meditation Based Wellness and Compassion (MWAC) programme which was rolled out by NSW Health to promote staff health and well being, the following meditations are continuing to be offered online every Tuesday at 1pm, by Shehzi Yusaf, Clinical Psychologist 

Session access is via the following link: https://conference.meet.health.nsw.gov.au/webapp/conference/4369369?callType=video
1. Copy and Paste the above link in Google Chrome web browser.
2. If the link does not open automatically, you will be directed to eHealth NSW Conferencing page.
3. At the eHealth NSW Conferencing page, the person or conference to call is 4369369. Add your name and you will be redirected through to this conference.
4. Click Join. Guests/Attendees do not require a PIN.
5. Video Conference requires a PC/laptop/tablet or smartphone with a mic/speaker


20 October - Kindness Meditation
27 October - Mindfulness Meditation
03 November - Kindness Meditation
10 November - Mindfulness Meditation
17 November - Kindness Meditation
24 November - Mindfulness Meditation
01 December - Kindness Meditation
08 December - Mindfulness Meditation
15 December - Kindness Meditation

Please note all sessions start at 1.00 pm for about 30 mins

Contact for more information:

Shehzi Yusaf



Submitted by Shehzi Yusaf

Mental Health Awareness Webinar



Hosted by AccessEAP this 30 minute webinar will help you understand:
  • What is mental health?

  • Common mental health issues

  • What prevents people from seeking help

  • Supporting an employee with mental health issues

  • Practical tips for having a conversation: CARE

  • Where to access further support




Stress Awareness and Building Resilience Webinar


This interactive webinar aims to provide information about the nature and impact of stress and provides an overview of skills required to build resilience as an effective response to stress in the workplace. Participants will understand more about signs of unhealthy stress and are invited to identify their personal ‘stress signature’. The webinar then outlines a few key strategies that can assist participants to build a resilient response to stress in order to improve general wellbeing and functioning. The webinar applies a blend of information and interaction to support participants learning, including a brief relaxation exercise.


Webinar Outline

  • Understanding the nature of stress

  • Signs of stress

  • Awareness of our personal reactions to stress

  • Strategies to build resilience

  • Where to access further support





Join the Biketober Challenge



There’s never been a better time to enjoy riding bike! The Biketober Business Challenge runs throughout October
and we'd like to invite you all to take part. 

It's a fun, free competition with loads of prizes that you can win by riding and encouraging your friends and colleagues to do the same.

Riding a bike is a great way to get your daily exercise, boost your mood and your immune system and an easy and fun way to travel from A to B while avoiding crowds.

If you haven't ridden in years, don't worry! You only have to ride a bike for 10 minutes for your participation to count towards our team's score. Ride anywhere, anytime during the Challenge (doesn't have to be a trip to work!).

If you already ride - you already know how enjoyable riding is and how good it makes you feel. So, here's your chance to get your workmates to experience how easy and enjoyable riding can be.

Go into the draw to win prizes like; $200 spa voucher, a brunch flight for two valued at over $500, Family pass to Western Plains Zoo or organisation prizes like a morning tea with fruit and goodies delivered to your office.

Get involved, it only takes 30 seconds to register. Go to lovetoride.net/NSW, click 'Register' at the top of
the page and join our team!

Sign up under WSLHD here: https://www.lovetoride.net/nsw/parent_organization_profiles/2528?locale=en-GB 

Give it a go and help us pedal our way to victory!

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