Best of the Fest: ‘I’d come in early for my shift to do this!’

The team with ALL the moves at Zumba at Blacktown Hospital during the Wellbeing Festival.
The team with all the moves at Zumba at Blacktown Hospital during the Wellbeing Festival.

We’re calling it: the first ever WSLHD Wellbeing Festival was a huge success.

Sell-out crowds fronted for many events – especially Zumba and laughter classes (one participant said his cheeks were still hurting from smiling a day later!).

Guest speakers Sue Langley and Dr Suzy Green gave inspiring talks about wellbeing and resilience, and there was plenty of interest in sessions about work-life effectiveness, dealing with diabetes during Ramadan, and how to get a better night’s sleep.

The Wellbeing Festival was born from last year’s People Matter survey. This year’s People Matter survey has just launched – have your say here. You never know what it might lead to!

Patient safety Clinical officer Resa Ricafort at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Patient safety clinical officer Resa Ricafort at a laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.

This is what you said about the festival:

“I attended the laughing class at Westmead. Very funny! 😂

“Oh, this was so much fun. Thank you to WSLHD for Wellness Week.”

“Excellent. I hope this is a regular session!”

“OMG … awesome.”

Registered nurses Deirdre Beaney, Hayley Jonathan and Belinda Ferris at the work-life effectiveness talk during the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival.
Registered nurses Deirdre Beaney, Hayley Jonathan and Belinda Ferris at the work-life effectiveness talk during the Wellbeing Festival.
Psychologist and work-life effectiveness presenter Katherine Wagner at the Wellbeing Festival.
Psychologist and work-life effectiveness presenter Katherine Wagner at the Wellbeing Festival.
Blacktown endocrinologist Dr Ahmed Hussein speaks about diabetes during Ramadan at Blacktown Hospital during the Wellbeing Festival.
Blacktown endocrinologist Dr Ahmed Hussein speaks about diabetes during Ramadan during the Wellbeing Festival.
Patient safety officer Abraham Mahachi at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Patient safety officer Abraham Mahachi at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.

“I just love it!”

“I would be happy to do this every day.”

“ I would come in early for my shift to do this.”

“I didn’t stop smiling the entire class.”

“That was so much FUN! Can we do this every week?”

Executive support officer Afrah Fazli at the WSLHD Wellbeing festival talk on diabetes during Ramadan at Auburn Hospital.
Executive support officer Afrah Fazli at the WSLHD Wellbeing festival talk on diabetes during Ramadan at Auburn Hospital.

Here are the stats:

  • We held 32 events
  • 25 days of free health checks
  • Gave away 1300 free apples
  • Gave away hundreds of refillable water bottles and
  • We collectively walked more than 100,000 steps – in just 20 minutes!

The Wellbeing Festival was another landmark in the WSLHD employee wellbeing program (the first was the launch of Fitness Passport: if you haven’t already signed up, you can find details here).

Who was out and about during the Wellbeing Festival? Scroll down to find out.

Clinical nurse consultant Catherine Hardman was the winner of one of two hampers donated by Arab Bank to the Wellbeing Festival.
Clinical nurse consultant Catherine Hardman was the winner of one of two hampers donated by Arab Bank to the Wellbeing Festival.
Peter Rophail and Brownyn Merritt at the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival laughetr class at Blacktown Hospital.
Peter Rophail and Brownyn Merritt at the Wellbeing Festival laughter class at Blacktown Hospital.
Administration officer Maryanne Maetzig, student Ana Cabebula and nurse educator Lea Macdonald at the Wellbeing Festival talk on work-life effectiveness.
Administration officer Maryanne Maetzig, student Ana Cabebula and nurse educator Lea Macdonald at the Wellbeing Festival talk on work-life effectiveness.
Westmead employees pound the pavement on Walking Wednesday as part of the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival.
Westmead employees pound the pavement on Walking Wednesday as part of the WSLHD Wellbeing Festival.
Blacktown Hospital social worker Carol Norman was the winner of one of two hampers donated by Arab Bank. Anyone who booked an event during the Wellbeing Festival went into the draw.
Blacktown Hospital social worker Carol Norman was the winner of one of two hampers donated by Arab Bank. Anyone who booked an event during the Wellbeing Festival went into the draw.
Manager workforce development Patricia Nove and administration officer Maryanne Maetzig at the Wellbeing Festival talk on work-life effectiveness.
Manager workforce development Patricia Nove and administration officer Maryanne Maetzig at the Wellbeing Festival talk on work-life effectiveness.

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