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