Health and Wellbeing
Our District promotes a safe and healthy workplace through championing wellbeing and providing a supportive environment.
Sydney has a strategic commitment to creating an empowered and resilient workforce, in an environment that supports our staff to provide the highest quality of care for our patients and their loved ones.
The District appointed Australia’s first Chief Medical Wellness Officer in 2019 to drive cultural and systemic change in health. The District continues to grow a range of programs to support staff to reach their full potential.
We have a dedicated Sydney Local Health District Staff Health and Wellbeing team.
- Onsite gym and fitness facilities.
- Dedicated online Staff Wellbeing Hub for resources to improve personal health and wellbeing.
- Access to discounted and affordable gym and leisure centre memberships through Fitness Passport program (a choice of more than 200 gyms and pools across NSW).
- Online and face-to-face staff wellness and compassion sessions through the Heart of Health program.
- Support and promotion of healthy and active travel initiatives including Steptember and Ride2Work days.
- Free and confidential support for emotional, mental and psychological wellbeing through the Employee Assistance Program.
- Annual Staff Wellbeing Day as part of the District's annual Innovation Week.
- Access to free annual influenza vaccination.
- Access to free and confidential telephone coaching support through the Get Healthy Service for assistance in lifestyle changes including smoking cessation, healthy eating and becoming more physically active.
All staff members also benefit from working within an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle, through our commitment to the Smoke Free Workplace Policy and Healthy Food and Drinks Framework.
The MDOK program was pioneered in Sydney Local Health District. It has successfully empowered medical staff with the skills to care for their own health, manage traumatic events and mentor younger staff. Building upon the innovative work undertaken by the MDOK program, the District is currently expanding the program to all staff, in collaboration with new and existing wellbeing services.