At the end of November, the Western Health Foundation hosted a series of webinars where members of the Western Health Executive discussed the issues facing Western Health during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the lessons learned are informing the reimagining of healthcare in Melbourne's west.
The webinars were facilitated by Suellen Bruce, Executive Director of People, Culture and Communications at Western Health. The People & Culture team, under the leadership of Suellen, provided immense support to staff throughout the COVID-19 response, ensuring that the wellbeing of staff was paramount to maintaining a safe, effective and positive workplace. Throughout the following webinars, Suellen and members of the panel provide insights into some of the behind-the-scenes work done to care for staff wellbeing.
In this webinar hear from Western Health Chief Executive Russell Harrison; Head of Infectious Diseases, Dr Marion Kainer; Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery, Shane Crowe and Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Services Director, Dr Clare White, as they discuss Western Health's aged care response.
In this webinar hear from Western Health Chief Executive Russell Harrison; Director Footscray Hospital Emergency, Dr Ainslie Senz and Clinical Nurse Specialist Chantelle D'Souza as they discuss Western Health's Emergency Department response.
Situated within the main COVID hotspots in metropolitan Melbourne, Western Health's Intensive Care Units at Footscray and Sunshine Hospitals came to care for the most number of COVID positive patients across Australia. The outstanding outcomes for our ICU patients were largely due to the high standards of care delivered by the ICU multi-disciplinary team consisting of intensivists, Intensive Care registrars, nurses, physiotherapists, and patient services assistants. The ICU team, under the leadership of Associate Professor Forbes McGain, also developed the 'Iso Hood' to protect staff and patients through the COVID pandemic. The team is sharing this innovation across Australia and around the world, and is currently in the process of distributing 'Iso Hoods' to multiple Intensive Care Units.
In this webinar hear from Western Health Chief Executive, Russell Harrison; Head of Infectious Diseases, Dr Marion Kainer; Divisional Director Perioperative and Critical Care Services, Jason Plant; and Director ICU Sunshine Hospital, Associate Professor Craig French, as they discuss Western Health's Intensive Care Response.