Back from left: Medical Unit staff Tess Symes, Lisa Waters, Kelly Bethune, Geraldine Freriks, Lauren Miller. Front from left: Bonnie Goris, Ruby Visalli and Acting Deputy Clinical Operations Bernie McKenna.
Staff receive a surprise packet as part of RU OK? Day

Staff across WGHG received a surprise packet to lift their spirits and ask them the question, Are you ok?

Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weeks, said national R U OK? day (Thursday September 10) was a prompt to remind everyone to keep checking in and supporting each other.

Fifteen hundred R U OK? gift packets were assembled by WGHG staff and volunteers to distribute to staff working in all areas across the health service.“The packets carry simple messages of thanks reminding staff of how much they are valued and the importance of taking time out to reflect and relax. Small treats were included to enjoy on a break.”
Dan Weeks said this year was like no other and many people were feeling the fatigue of restrictions and lockdowns. Healthcare staff may feel especially drained with the pressure of responding to the prolonged pandemic.”
He said WGHG had taken an early role in looking at the health and well-being needs of staff. Our Work Health and Wellbeing department is providing a range of supports including running mental health first aid sessions and positive psychological health and well-being sessions online.

Staff and their immediate families can also utilise a confidential Employment Assistance Program (EAP) which offers counselling support if they need it.”

“R U OK day is another way we can let staff across our health service know what a terrific job they are doing and remind them that support and understanding is readily available.”

R U OK? Day (Thursday 10 September, 2020) is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” and support those struggling with life.

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