Human resources by day, crime fighter by night

WSLHD human resources operational officer Hany Mena.

From Cumberland Hospital to NSW Police, Hany Mena just loves helping people.

When the 41-year-old father of two is not working for the People and Culture team at Western Sydney Local Health District, he’s helping organise community event as the vice president of the Australian Egyptian Forum Council.

A former solicitor, he also voluntarily shares his expertise with the Australian Arabic-speaking community via SBS Radio.

To top it all off, he’s just been appointed to the NSW Police Commissioner’s Multicultural Advisory Council, acting as a liaison between police and the multicultural public of western Sydney, especially the Arabic-speaking community.

“I was recommended by a police liaison officer to Parramatta Police and when I heard there was an opportunity to assist with crime prevention, I was very interested,” Hany said.

“I was a solicitor in Egypt with a specialty in crime, so I love to help people understand how the law works. I am so proud and over the moon to be on the committee.”

Hany first worked with patients in the admissions and bookings team at Auburn Hospital before later moving into the district’s People and Culture team.

Hany immigrated to Australia in September 2008 with his mother and brother, and immediately dedicated his time to learning English and understanding his new country.

Since then he has married, started a family and settled down in Edmondson Park, but it was Hany’s introduction to Australia that continues to inspire his admirable work rate.

“When I came here it was a new culture, new language, everything was new but I found Australia to be a very welcoming and kind country. It touched my heart. That’s why I want to do something for this great country and my dream came true,” Hany said.

“I’m organising my time to contribute to the community and give back.”

Hany is also an avid soccer fan and loves to organise events whenever Egypt or Australia play, such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Hany started working in the admissions and bookings team at Auburn Hospital in 2011. During that time he studied human resources (HR), and in 2019 he started a new district role as a HR operational officer with the People and Culture team based at Cumberland Hospital.

He said the best part of both roles is helping people.

“I love working with people, and I am happy when I make people happy,” Hany said.

“I enjoyed working face to face with patients in Auburn. This role is totally different, we’re away from the public eye, but I really enjoy the support of the team. We deal with a large number of staff and it always makes me happy when I can solve someone’s problem.”