Staff encouraged to grow disability workforce

Westmead Hospital; International Day of People with a Disability 2017
WSLHD Workforce director Julie Welch, Westmead gardener Jimmy McCully with Job Access representative Daniel Valiente- Riedl.

Western Sydney Local Health District celebrated International Day of People with a Disability with a host of speakers including our chief executive Danny O’Connor today.

The chief executive talked about the ways we look after our people with a disability in our workforce and how we can increase these staffing numbers.

A representative from Job Access support services reminded managers that support is available and free to the organisation and to consider the value and loyalty they will experience when employing someone with a disability.

Westmead Hospital gardener James McCully or better known as “Jimmy” has worked at Westmead Hospital for 32 years.

The green-thumbed gardener is often spotted on hospital grounds doing the lawns and driving the gardening team around the facility to maintain and keep the hospital clean.

“I have cerebral palsy and the Westmead landscape is massive so the ride-on mower allows me more mobility to get around,” Jimmy said.

“I like to be treated the same as everyone else and not treated like someone with a disability.”

The theme for this year’s International Day of People with a Disability is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

The WSLHD Workforce Disability plan can be located and downloaded at: Disability Workforce Plan 2015-2020.pdf.aspx

WSLHD; chief executive; International Day of People with a Disability
WSLHD chief executive Danny O’Connor address the audience