‘Kin and community’: Celebrating the festive season with Western Sydney Local Health District’s Centre for Addiction Medicine, Mount Druitt Hospital

The team at the Centre for Addiction Medicine (CAM) at Mount Druitt Hospital has gathered for a special party to celebrate the end of a big year.

A sausage sizzle was put on for staff and clients to enjoy, complete with a gift and visit from Santa for the children in attendance.

“Staff and clients were able to share a laugh, clients were able to discuss their suggestions or concerns with staff and most importantly share a meal together,” Sheree Thorley, Registered Nurse, Mount Druitt Hospital Drug Health said.

“We have also had the pleasure of having many new staff join the CAM team. This has allowed us to expand our services significantly.”

Over 50 gifts were provided to clients at the event, with 18 families enjoying the end of year festivities with the CAM team.

“Christmas for our clients is all about kin and community. Unfortunately for many, it’s also a time of worry and financial stress,” Sheree said.

“Staff at CAM Mount Druitt Hospital were determined to make sure that all the children for our clients have a very merry Christmas as well as ease some of the worry for our clients.”

The CAM Mount Druitt Hospital team is ready for an even bigger 2023 with the local community and is looking forward to re-engaging with their clients from all walks of life.

“In 2023 were hoping to continue to expand our service to continue to meet the needs of our clients,” Sheree said.

“Were currently expecting to reinstate our SMART recovery program, see our HepC clinic back up and running as well as expand our counselling/psychology services.”