Western Sydney staff celebrate Administrative Professionals’ Day 2022

Administrative Professionals’ Day, held on the first Friday in May each year, celebrates the work performed by administrative staff across the country.

To commemorate this special day, the Westmead Hospital corporate services team hosted a bountiful morning tea and awards ceremony for staff which included lucky door prizes on Friday 6 May.

“The day is a great opportunity to commemorate, show gratitude and recognise all administrative staff working in the organisation,” said Westmead Hospital director corporate services Renata Melan.

“Administrative professionals truly underpin the high-quality patient care that is delivered by the hospital.

“Quite simply, without administrative staff, the hospital cannot operate; they support, tackle daily challenges and exhibit grace under pressure to assist fellow employees, management, consumers and the patients of Westmead Hospital.”

Westmead Hospital deputy general manger Deanna Aplitt was also present to hand out the awards.

Award categories and winners are as follows:

Administration Professional of the Year: Jenny Hart
Jenny has been described by her team as a pillar of support during stressful and trying times, particularly over the last two years throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Jenny is a role model for providing compassionate and caring customer service to patients and their families and is always advocating that small acts of kindness make a difference.

Best Customer Service (Team/Individual): Mary Elbro
Mary has consistently demonstrated outstanding customer service, going above and beyond her admin role to check in on vulnerable patients and has been instrumental in calming patients who are experiencing extreme pain and discomfort.

Administration Initiative Award: Respiratory Ambulatory Care Service Admin Team (Dianne Smith & Yasmin Lees)
This team have worked hard to support the service and patients with the implementation of a range of initiatives to support the continuation of patient care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Above and Beyond: Tracy Smith
PA superstar Tracy has implemented a range of initiatives to support her team and Brain Injury Unit colleagues, demonstrating a multitude of talents and is the go-to person for HR advice, IT support, financial information, and data management.

Outstanding contribution to the COVID-19 response: Praneel Chand
Praneel has worked tirelessly throughout the last two years in assist the facility with the management, monitoring and distribution of essential PPE for all staff, ensuring the smoothest processes even when critically low levels were reached.

Administration Team of the Year: Therapies Reception
Nominated by their allied health colleagues, they have been described as both the face and the backbone of the Allied Health Services- always going the extra mile and extremely reliable at all times.