2020 was an extraordinary time for everyone in healthcare.
We faced the most significant global health emergency in 100 years.
The focus of our team at Sydney Local Health District during 2020 was on our COVID-19 response and finding ways to continue to care for our patients and their loved ones despite those challenges.
We did it together.
On 5 November 2020, we reflected on our achievements during our first virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Deputy Chair of the Board Victoria Weekes hosted the meeting, along with the District's Chief Executive, Dr Teresa Anderson AM.
The AGM was opened by the NSW Secretary of Health, Elizabeth Koff, who reflected on the instrumental role the District has played in the state's response to the pandemic.
The Board, the Executive, hospital and service general managers, staff and community members attended virtually too, via Zoom and YouTube, from 243 different locations.
Ms Weekes officially launched the Year in Review, an annual publication which documents the District's achievements, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead over the next year and beyond.
We heard from patients about how our staff have made a difference to their lives this year, and we showcased the extraordinary work of some of our teams, in a series of videos hosted by Julie McCrossin. You can see those here.
rpavirtual + SHA
Host Julie McCrossin meets some of the team who have been helping to protect our community in 2020.
Host Julie McCrossin meets some of the team who has been helping to care for our elderly and frail residents.
Public Health Unit
Host Julie McCrossin pops in on the team from our hard-working Public Health Unit.
COVID-19 testing + Flying Squad
Julie McCrossin meets some of the nurses who have been leading our response to COVID-19.
The District announced the winners of its Innovation and Excellence Awards - with a series of new Awards introduced to recognise the significant contribution of staff during the District's COVID-19 response.
The Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at RPA, Professor Paul Torzillo, was named COVID-19 Collaborative Leader of the Year in recognition of his integral role in daily operations and decision making.
The winners of the District's Healthy Connections School Project Competition were also announced.
Learning Wonderland Riverwood, Strathfield North Public School and Eileen O'Connor Catholic College in Lewisham each won $5,000 for their projects about ways to stay connected and keep safe during COVID-19.