Our People & Culture

September 2020

Broadcast from the General Manager - Appointment of Executive Officer



I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Vilma Ongsitco to the Executive Officer position to the General Manager Westmead and Auburn Hospitals.


Vilma is an experienced manager with over 14 years’ experience in working with the corporate and executive management. She has a passion for developing evidence –based solutions and building administrative workforce capacity to achieve organisational objectives.


Vilma has commenced with WSLHD on 7 September 2020.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Melissa Yiamarelos for acting as the Executive Officer during the recruitment process.


Please join me in congratulating Vilma on her appointment.    


Kind regards,


Rebecca Tyson

General Manager Westmead & Auburn hospitals 


Submitted by Polina Matveycheva on behalf of Corporate Communications

AccessEAP September News: R U OK?



In this issue:

• AccessEAP CEO, Sally Kirkright discusses R U OK? Day and how a conversation can change a life
• How to have a conversation on R U OK? Day
• Women's Health Week
• Mental Health Day/Week/Month

To read the newsletter, click here.

For more information or assistance, contact AccessEAP on 1800 818 728. AccessEAP can assist when personal, family or work related concerns are impacting on your health or quality of life and also when you need guidance on professional or personal goals or effective communication skills.

Contact for more information

Monique Richardson

02 8247 9191



Submitted by Monique Richardson

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

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



  • 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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