Big stretches, bigger laughs at the Wellbeing Festival

 

Trainee social worker Michelle Gouw at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Trainee social worker Michelle Gouw at the Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.

We wanted you to have a bit of a laugh – and boy did you deliver!

People were in stitches at Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals, where the first laughing classes of the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival were held on Tuesday.

Patient safety officer Abraham Mahachi at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Patient safety officer Abraham Mahachi at the Wellbeing Festival laughing class at Blacktown Hospital.

They lapped up the benefits of laughter: it’s contagious and infectious (in a good way!), relaxing, therapeutic and great for your facial muscles.

As well, a good chuckle boosts the immune system and cardiovascular system, and releases endorphins.

Clinical nurse specialist Naleeni Segran at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Clinical nurse specialist Naleeni Segran at the Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Ward clerk Annette Featon and registered nurses Julie Anne del Rosario and Resa Ricafort at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Ward clerk Annette Featon and registered nurses Julie Anne del Rosario and Resa Ricafort at the Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.

The sessions were hosted by Shari Coventry, from Sydney Laughter, a company founded by a doctor who wanted his patients to laugh more.

Nursing unit manager Marilyn Legaspi and Rosailie Caliwag at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Nurses Marilyn Legaspi and Rosalie Caliwag at the Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Peter Rophail and Brownyn Merritt at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughetr class at Blacktown Hospital.
Blacktown & Mount Druitt hospitals operations manager Brownyn Merritt and transition manager Peter Rophail at the Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals corporate services manager Peter De Robillard, Tallowood’s Dani Henwood, organisational development's Jo Graham, emergency department administration officer Lynn Grogan, Sydney Laughter leader Shari Coventry, paediatric clinical nurse consultant Nicola McKay, paediatric executive assistant Vai Narasimhan, placement student Taylor Mortimer and emergency department clerical manager Dianne Lyons at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Mount Druitt Hospital.
Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals corporate services manager Peter De Robillard, Tallowood’s Dani Henwood, organisational development’s Jo Graham, emergency department administration officer Lynn Grogan, Sydney Laughter leader Shari Coventry, paediatric clinical nurse consultant Nicola McKay, paediatric executive assistant Vai Narasimhan, student Taylor Mortimer and emergency department clerical manager Diane Lyons at the Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Mount Druitt Hospital.

Meanwhile, at Auburn, our employees focused on stretching out their muscles.

Speech pathologist with community health Erin Pearson and Lois Cho at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival stretching class at Auburn Hospital.
Speech pathologists Erin Pearson and Lois Cho at the Wellbeing Festival stretching class at Auburn Hospital.
Wai-Jen Lee at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival stretching class at Auburn.
Director of Pharmacy Wai-Jen Lee at the Wellbeing Festival stretching class at Auburn.
Registered nurse Carmel Nicholls at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival stretching class at Auburn.
Registered nurse Carmel Nicholls at the Wellbeing Festival stretching class at Auburn.

Information about how to live a healthy life – as well as thank you cards for workmates – were handed out at the wellbeing stall at Blacktown Hospital on Monday.

Maria Belisha, Jane Gentles with Anita Ray at the Blacktown Hospital Wellbeing Festival stall.
Maria Belisha, Jane Gentles and Anita Ray at the Blacktown Hospital Wellbeing Festival stall.

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