A chance to say thank you

Compassionate, caring, dedicated – they are all traits that accurately describe the staff and volunteers across Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network but there is one thing that unites them above all else and that’s their passion for making a difference.

Every day, the staff and volunteers across our Network go above and beyond for sick kids – not because they have to, but because they want to. It’s this reason that makes Celebration Week such an important time in the calendar.

Celebration Week is dedicated to showing our appreciation for the hard work of all our staff and volunteers in the organisation, no matter their role. It’s a chance to say thank you for the care they provide to sick kids and their families and an opportunity to celebrate the incredible impact they make to paediatric healthcare.

The theme for this year’s Celebration Week is ‘Compassion for ourselves, our colleagues and our patients’ and is focused on encouraging staff and volunteers to give themselves the same compassion they give to those in their care.

Staff Health and Wellbeing Nurse, Ailsa Colcough, stressed the importance of taking care of yourself while taking care of others, particularly when working in a high pressure environment like healthcare.

“Our staff work incredibly hard to provide the very best care they can to their patients and families but we can only give as much as we have, so it’s really important that they also look after themselves and listen to their body.”

“I’d encourage all staff to stop and take a minute for themselves."

As healthcare workers, we constantly give of ourselves but taking time to be the best version of themselves will also allow them to care for their patients and families in the best possible way.”

“My key tips are to rest when you need to, do something that makes you feel good, eat well and play often,” Ailsa said.

Celebration Week will be held from 23 – 27 September. Over the week, a number of activities will take place across all Network sites, including the Forest of Thanks.

Patients and families can get involved in Celebration Week by filling out a thank you card for the Forest of Thanks to show their appreciation for the staff and volunteers who have made a difference in their lives. The Forest of Thanks will be set up in the main foyers at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.