How Allaha Siddiqi, Women and Children’s Health Social Worker at WSLHD, is changing care for pregnancy loss

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) boasts a dedicated team of healthcare professionals committed to providing exemplary care to the diverse communities they serve, including Allaha Siddiqi, a Women and Children’s Health Social Worker whose passion is supporting patients through challenging life moments.

Allaha Siddiqi, WSLHD’s Early Career Allied Health Professional of the Year for 2023, started her journey with WSLHD in February 2022, initially joining the Acute Care Team at Blacktown Hospital as a casual.

Her commitment to making a meaningful impact in the lives of patients led her to take on the role of the Women and Children’s Health Social Worker at Auburn Hospital in October 2022.

“I have a passion for working with people across different stages of the lifespan, helping them navigate and overcome psychosocial challenges,” Allaha said.

“Working in Allied Health allows me to deliver patient centred care through evidence-based practice and collaboration with fellow Allied Health and other professionals such as midwives, obstetricians, gynaecologists and paediatricians.”

We’re all there to serve the needs and uphold the best interests of our patients.

For Allaha, the most rewarding aspect of her work lies in supporting women and their families through difficult health journeys, such as pregnancy loss.

“I sometimes overthink and minimise the impact my work can have, but it’s through lending an empathetic, listening ear that the importance of my role is reinforced.”

Allaha’s commitment to patient care extends beyond her daily responsibilities.

She recently took the initiative to address a gap in support for families experiencing pregnancy loss when she noticed that packs specific to pregnancy loss were not available.

Allaha has been actively working on introducing bereavement packs tailored to this aspect of women’s health.

Through her work, she not only provides support during vulnerable moments but also contributes to the ongoing evolution of patient care at Auburn Hospital.