Our People & Culture

August 2020

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

Share the Dignity collection points 



Many women in Australia regularly have to make a decision about buying a sanitary/continence product or buying food. Share the Dignity is a charity that believes having access to sanitary/incontinence products is a basic right for all women. They distribute pads, tampons & incontinence products for free to homeless women, women living in poverty, and in shelters who have fled domestic violence.

To help all you need to do is buy an extra box of whichever product is having the best special when you are doing the weekly shop and leave it in the pink bins.

​Sanitary & Incontinence products collection points include:

Storr Liver Centre, Westmead Hospital, level 2, 2nd corridor on the right past the AB lifts
Auburn Hospital, Level 5 near the library

Donations can be made until the end of August.

Contact for more information

Karin Ferguson (Westmead)

0419 572 478




Sally Henderson (Auburn)

0429 521 404




Submitted by Karin Ferguson & Sally Henderson

Join Blacktown & Mt Druitt staff mindfulness meditation sessions 



The Workplace Wellness Team is offering free 10-15 min guided mindfulness meditation sessions. Sessions can assist with focus, relaxation and stress management.

Regular session times:

Blacktown (Erella Maculaulay Rm, Building B Lvl 3):


·         Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 10:30 am; 11:30 am; 2:30 pm; 4:00 pm

·         Tuesday - 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm

·         Thursday - 10:30 am, 11:30 am

Mt Druitt (Conference Room, Lvl 1):


·         Tuesday - 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am

·         Thursday - 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Simply drop-in to attend a session. Extra sessions can be added for teams/individuals upon request.


Contact for more information

David Johnson

0418 342 361



Submitted by Shari Hendriks

New 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



  • 24 August

  • 31 August

  • 1 September

  • 8 September

  • 15 September

  • 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

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