Neighbours say thank you!

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Having been unexpectedly thrust into the very frontline of the COVID-19 response in aged care, one of our Directors of Nursing recently experienced the kindness of others as she juggled some huge workloads and pressure.

Director of Community Assessment Response and Director of Nursing, Julie White, has been playing an important role in our response to COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care settings. She has been leading a team to provide a framework for outbreak response and engaging employees at the facilities to ensure they are well equipped and prepared if an outbreak occurs.

Julie recently spoke passionately and emotionally about the work she and her team have been doing, which you can watch here. It’s a great way to get a sense of some of the expertise our nurses and healthcare workers have shared with their aged care colleagues, in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 or prepare for future outbreaks.

Since stepping into the role, Julie has been quite busy. One day, after returning home from work, Julie found a note at her front door which read:

“Hey Julie, I hope you don’t mind me giving your garden some love to say thank you for saving precious lives every single day. Thank you.”

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Julie’s neighbours weeded her garden, installed fresh topsoil and fresh tan bark, and planted some new plants. Julie was surprised and very appreciative of the lovely gesture:

“It was just so unexpected, I was overcome by their kindness. It has been a hectic year for many of us and to know my neighbours took the time to show their appreciation for all that we do was beyond anything I could have imagined. I am very grateful.”

Gestures like this, along with other kind messages from the community, are a testament to how much they appreciate the hard work and dedication of all healthcare workers.

Approved by Katrina Nankervis, 4 September

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