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The vision of the Western Sydney Local Health District is, through the staff of its hospitals and community services and its links to general practice, other social agencies, voluntary organisations and members of the community, to be a respected, valued, highly professional, innovative, educative and humane health service provider that meets the fundamental health care needs to the community it serves and contributes to the promotion of health.
Our vision will be achieved by:
These activities will be underpinned by NSW Health’s core values:
Collaboration. Accepting that everyone from the Minister to the patient, from the ward orderly to the Director-General, from the most skillful surgeon, the most inspiring researcher, the most caring nurse to the most dedicated record keeper, from the hospital General Manager to the flat-out paramedic, from the public to the private sector, are all part of one team in one health system.
Openness. Ensuring that facts are on the table and allowed to speak for themselves, no matter how embarrassing or uncomfortable they may sometimes be. Our processes must be transparent.
Respect. Insisting that everyone engaged in providing health care has a valued role; that there is no single source of wisdom and that listening is as important as talking. Acknowledging that everyone can make a contribution and should be given the opportunity to contribute, particularly to a process of continuous improvement.
Empowerment. Enabling patients to take as much control as they desire of decisions with regard to their own health care in collaboration with care providers. Ensuring that decisions are based on clear information about what works best, side effects and where and when treatment is available.