Be­ing well in Health work­places

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

HEALTH pro­fes­sion­als help their sick pa­tients, but they are only hu­man too and not im­mune to the neg­a­tive ef­fects their line of work can have on them.

It’s one of the rea­sons why, for the first time, the West­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict (WNSWLHD) held a Work­place Well­be­ing Con­fer­ence and Expo for its staff on Tues­day this week.

WNSWLHD con­fer­ence or­gan­iser Tr­ish Casey said the idea was to en­sure staff know they are val­ued and ac­knowl­edged for the ser­vice they pro­vide to pa­tients and the com­mu­nity.

“If you give staff the in­for­ma­tion and tools to im­prove their work­place well­be­ing then that’s a rip­ple ef­fect to the pa­tients,” Ms Casey said.

A full day of speak­ers pre­sented to over 100 WNSWLHD staff on a range of top­ics from well­be­ing through mu­sic, laugh­ter for well­be­ing and a jour­ney of well­be­ing through the eyes of a Par­a­lympian Ath­lete, Nick Tay­lor.

“He’s all about in­spir­ing staff and thank­ing them – even though it wasn’t those staff who helped him after his car ac­ci­dent.

“He’s such a hum­ble per­son and he wants to tell his story about how he was a pa­tient and the won­der­ful care staff gave him in the hos­pi­tal when he felt like his life had sort of ended.

“He just wanted to say back to the staff, it doesn’t mat­ter what

hap­pens to you, phys­i­cally or emo­tion­ally, ev­ery­one’s def­i­ni­tion of well­be­ing is dif­fer­ent. He thought ev­ery­thing was about the phys­i­cal world and then he be­came a para­plegic, but he’s gone on to have a life of well­be­ing in the wheel­chair and achieved so many things,” Ms Casey said.

One of the speak­ers de­liv­ered a tech­nique which is new to the dis­trict called the Emo­tional Free­dom Tech­nique (EFT).

“I went to a con­fer­ence and met the prac­ti­tioner Julie Van­der­maat there. Ev­ery­thing is re­searched, ev­i­dence based and writ­ten in jour­nals; its lead­ing edge. Julie is one of the re­search team be­cause the per­son who leads it has been pre­sent­ing TEDX talks on the sub­ject.

“We do a lot of this stuff, but this is all new. This is a pi­lot con­fer­ence. We just want to give this in­for­ma­tion and tools to staff and it rip­ples to the pa­tient,” Ms Casey said.

In ad­di­tion to the con­fer­ence, an expo of­fered at­ten­dees the chance to have their blood pres­sures taken, blood sugar lev­els checked, visit women’s and men’s health stalls, as well as talk to risk man­age­ment spe­cial­ists and ru­ral and re­mote men­tal health ed­u­ca­tors.

“In line with the Liv­ing Well To­gether Strat­egy and CORE val­ues, the con­fer­ence is about fo­cus­ing on staff well­be­ing, so we can cre­ate a happy and sup­ported work­place and cul­ture.”

Ms Casey is also the WNSWLHD Clin­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and De­vel­op­ment man­ager.

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

West­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict me­dia man­ager Kate Fother­ing­ham and Clin­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and De­vel­op­ment man­ager Tr­ish Casey at the in­au­gu­ral Well­be­ing Con­fer­ence and Expo.

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