Thursday’s employee forum featured the final STAR award presentations with the recipients of the Excellent Experiences category interviewed by Chief Executive Andrew Stripp. We congratulate all the winners that have been recognised over the four weeks of presentations.
Cheryl is an experienced Registered Nurse who has achieved much in her time on P Block. She has so much enthusiasm, not just in providing her daily patient care, but in engaging employees in various activities to better the ward and enhance patient experience. She supports her team members and boosts team morale.
Cheryl is the Safewards champion for P Block and does a fantastic job promoting the initiative with the team at the ward. Over the last few months, Cheryl has taken the portfolio and made many changes to the environment and procedures, resulting in a more efficient, organised workplace. She makes posters, information handouts and wall displays; transforming the ward. She has put the Safewards interventions into action and set an example for her colleagues.
Cheryl actively models the standards of care that come with the portfolio and always receives positive feedback, both from patients and the team. We greatly appreciate and admire everything that she does to make P Block better.
Katrina Clarke and Kirsty Rosie
Katrina Clarke and Kirsty Rosie are Family/Carer Consultants in the Mental Health Program. Their roles involve representing the views of our family members and carers in program governance through activities such as project work, working groups, committee membership, employee recruitment and selection panels, and employee training. They also support carers through a range of activities they organise and run throughout the year. These include carer respite and social events (e.g. high teas, cinema and circus experiences), carer walking groups, and carer psychoeducation and support groups.
Katrina and Kirsty have created excellent carer experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting, and remaining connected with our Carers in a number of creative and innovative ways. Shifting to online carer support groups, online evening carer psychoeducation program, Katrina and Kirsty even organised an online ‘chair yoga’ activity!
Kirsty and Katrina also used Carer Support Funds to create and send over 70 ‘carer support packages’ to carers they support, and to the carers of our 50 bed Secure Extended Care Unit at Dandenong Hospital.
Through excellent and creative use of funds and resources, Katrina and Kirsty have enabled us to continue to remain connected with carers and provide them with essential support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Approved by Karen Lowe, 28 August