Our People & Culture

September 2020

SMS a Chaplain



Our friendly chaplaincy team at Westmead Hospital provide emotional and spiritual support to the hospital community of patients, family members, carers and staff. You might have seen us visiting patients on the wards, conducting prayer services in the chapel, or engaging with you in our department.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the ways in which we live and work. Like many others, our team has had to make changes to how we work. While some of our previous services, like our Christian prayer service, our Catholic Mass and Friday Muslim prayers, have been suspended for the time being, we are offering some new ways that are COVID-19 safe for you to reach out and receive support.

Maybe you want to have a chat with someone, but aren’t able to meet face-to-face.
Maybe you’re a staff member and would like to make a quick referral. You can send us a text any time on 0437 842 315.
Our chaplains respond to any messages between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

Check our Facebook page
Are you looking for some extra encouragement or a pick-me-up?
We post daily reflections, quotes, scripture verses and songs on our dedicated Facebook page.

Visit or call us
Our department and hospital chapel located on Level 2 near the AB lifts are still open for you to visit. You can drop in any time or call us on 8890 5053.

We are here for you.

Contact for more information

Michael Deal

02 8890 3797



Submitted by Joana Andre Garrido

Coleman Greig Virtual Challenge



Register for FREE or donate now to the Coleman Greig Virtual Challenge Week. This Western Sydney’s largest charity event for children with special needs and newborn care will be held between 18 and 25 September 2020.


Teams of staff from the Women’s and Newborn Health Unit, Hospital in the Home and Cumberland Hospital are participating in the virtual Challenge, and helping to raise funds for St Gabriel’s School, Castle Hill and the Women’s and Newborn Health Unit at Westmead Hospital.


Staff can walk, run or cycle at any location during the week-long Challenge, and track their activity through Fitbit and Strava.


This Challenge is helping to raise funds for the purchase of new mobile BiliSoftTM blankets for the treatment of jaundice in newborn babies at Westmead Hospital.


To register as an individual or as part of a team or make a donation visit Coleman Greig Virtual Challenge website.


Thanks to InnoWell, staff can register for FREE, and all Westmead Team registrations receive a free sports t-shirt. To secure a free registration and t-shirt (total value $85), please contact Westmead Hospital Foundation today on 02 8890 9019. Be quick as free registrations are limited.


Staff also receive a Challenge race pack containing a race bib, wrist band and downloadable finisher’s certificate.


For more information visit Westmead Hospital Foundation on free call 02 8890 9019.

Submitted by Kerrie Powers

Your blood donation is needed



Australian Red Cross Lifeblood needs 10,383 additional people to give blood and plasma over the next two weeks to prevent a potential shortage in blood and plasma stocks. 

Appointment numbers are down and all blood and plasma types are needed to make sure stocks remain at a healthy level.

Looking ahead, we can see a drop in appointment numbers over the coming weeks – that’s why we’re asking new and existing donors to step up and fill those 10,000 appointments to ensure there is a sufficient supply of blood and plasma.

Lifeblood donor centres are safe to visit, with strict social distancing, cleaning and donor eligibility measures in place. Only healthy people are eligible to give blood and we have introduced even more stringent wellness checks prior to appointments, including temperature checking.

To make an appointment to give blood or plasma, visit www.lifeblood.com.au, call 13 14 95 or download the Donate Blood app.

Thank you for your support. 



Contact for more information

Jo-Anne Greaves

Phone042 237 562



Submitted by Monique Richardson

Dates for online mindfulness sessions



New dates for Mindfulness sessions at the regular Tuesday 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm.

These sessions will be conducted by Westmead hospital clinical psychologist, Shehzi Yusaf who is trained in mindfulness.

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



  • 22 September

  • 29 September


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


Contact for more information

Aureine Henriques




Submitted by Shehzi Yusaf

Free entry for Health workers at Featherdale Wildlife park



Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside (Blacktown) is offering a free entry for Health workers this month. 

Present your employee ID showing you work at a Healthcare facility or hospital and you’ll get free entry. 

For more details click here

Submitted by Polina Matveycheva on behalf of Corporate Communications 

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