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    Staff Wellbeing

    The wellbeing of all our staff at WSLHD is important to us. With this in mind, we have introduced a number of wellness initiatives to support our staff at this difficult time.

    Resources available on this page

    Huddle Information Sessions Team Wellness Sessions l
    Mental Health First Aiders l Mindfulness Meditation Sessions l Employee Access Program


    Huddle Information Sessions

    Our Wellness Experts will bring the information to you. Request a Wellness Team representative to attend your team huddle to connect your team with information and resources.

    These are 10 min sessions and can be booked here.

    Team Wellness Sessions

    Our Wellness Experts will host a face to face session with your team offering practical guidance in the areas of wellness, resilience and self-care.

    These are 30 min sessions and can be booked here.

    Please note, we request at least 24-48 hours notice to help plan our visits.

    Mental Health First Aiders

    Mental Health First Aiders are volunteer employees available to everyone at WSLHD. They are not counsellors, but rather they are an immediate support with whom you can confidentially discuss your issues/concerns affecting your wellbeing. MHFAiders do NOT provide any clinical advice as they are not trained for this. Instead, this is a human-to-human connection, conducted in a non-judgemental way and which helps people find the support and resources they need to take their next most appropriate step in addressing their wellbeing.

    If you want to find out a bit more about the MHFAider Network and how to become one, download the Mental Health First Aider Overview.

    For a list of Mental Health First Aiders in our district download the Mental Health First Aider Network List.

    Watch some practical Mental Health First Aid tips in this video produced by the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.


    Mindfulness Meditation Sessions

    We have a range of self-service meditation options as well as a live guided meditation session run weekly.

    Self-service meditation


    This is a great channel for a variety of meditation and related videos, including specialty ones for sleep, mindful living and even music from Moby! There’s a great 10 minute mindfulness meditation from Tamara Levitt has recorded to help you restore and re-connect with the present.  When you get to channel, check out the “Daily Calm | 10 Minute Meditations” section, which are all free mediations you can access without signing up to the service.

    Western Sydney Health Check Podcast

    Unleashing the power of the mind to overcome lockdown stress
    In this episode David Johnson introduces the concept and takes us through a 15-minute mindfulness meditation session.


    Treat App

    This app is made for health professionals by health professionals and is designed to help you find calm, clarity and balance during your busy working day.  There are over 30 different guided meditations ranging from 40 seconds to 40 minutes.  It’s a free download on both Apple and Android.

    Live guided meditation

    A live guided meditation session is offered online every Tuesday at 1pm, by Shehzi Yusaf, Clinical Psychologist.
    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.


    Employee Access Program

    Professional support offered through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

    The work-based intervention program provides appropriate, timely, professional and confidential counselling and referral services for staff and their families. It assists in identifying and resolving professional, personal, health or work-related issues.

    These issues may include, but are not limited to: relationships, mental health issues, organisational change, substance abuse, workplace conflict, health concerns or financial problems - all of which may have an impact on the health and safety of our staff.

    The program’s services include expertise in counselling:

    • Relationship and family problems
    • Grief and loss
    • Conflict with fellow workers
    • Gambling
    • Alcohol and drug use
    • Stress
    • Emotional distress
    • Management/supervisor education and consultation
    • Assistance in effective incident management
    • Information and referral to external agencies

    The program is currently provided by AccessEAP, an external organisation contactable 24 hours, seven days a week for urgent matters. Counselling in a variety of locations and via telephone can be arranged by calling 1800 81 87 28.

    The service is confidential and your employer will not be informed that you have contacted AccessEAP.

    All Western Sydney Local Health District staff (permanent, temporary, casual employees, visiting medical officers and volunteers) are welcome to access the program. Staff can access up to 4 sessions each year and additional sessions may be available to staff on a needs basis in consultation with your EAP counsellor.

    Page last updated: Thursday, 21 October 2021 4:32:40 PM

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    Disclaimer: Information on the COVID-19 Staff Information, Staff Wellbeing and other COVID-19 pages are intended for WSLHD staff. Information from these pages is not permitted to be disseminated or distributed to any third party outside WSLHD.
    Any such act may constitute a breach of the WSLHD Code of Conduct.