Celebrating our oral health heroes: VIP visit and lunch to say thanks

Westmead prosthodontist Dr Matthew McLaughlin, WSLHD Chief Executive Graeme Loy, Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee,
Director of Westmead Oral Health Dr Josephine Kenny, Dr Christine Wallace and NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard

Oral health staff were showered with appreciation recently with a special lunchtime event held at Westmead Hospital featuring members of Parliament along with representatives from Western Sydney Local Health District and the Health Services Union.

The NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor and Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education and Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee attended the event to address the staff, highlighting the importance of their role in the health system and thanking the team for their contributions.

The guests also visited Westmead Hospital’s impressive new digital dental laboratory, the state’s second lab of its kind, allowing for patient treatment to be remotely planned and simplified through 3D printing. Prints are being used to create 3D versions of patients’ mouths, dentures, dental appliances and dental trays.

The lunchtime event was the first of its kind for oral health, and staff in attendance included dental officers, dental staff specialists, dental assistants, administrative officers and secretaries.

The WSLHD chief executive, Graeme Loy, who also attended the event, said that it was great to see the state’s leaders taking the time out to thank our staff.

“It is without a doubt a busy time for the health system but it was great to see the NSW Health Minister and members of parliament drop in to greet our health heroes in person,” Graeme said.

“I appreciate the opportunity for all of us to get together and work constructively to improve the way we care for our community here in western Sydney.”

Oral Health director Dr Josephine Kenny thanked Graeme Loy for his words of appreciation, the HSU secretary Gerard Hayes and the NSW Government politicians for visiting the hospital.

“Our staff appreciated the interest shown by the NSW Health minister in the work that they do and the care they provide to patients.”

World Oral Health Day will be celebrated on 20 March this year. For more information visit https://www.worldoralhealthday.org.