Human Experience Week kicks off with some pawsome friends at Westmead Hospital

From the April 29 to May 3 each year, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) in conjunction with NSW Health, celebrates Human Experience Week.

Westmead Hospital has opened festivities with the help of some furry friends, thanks to the Nepean Therapy Dogs and the Westmead Hospital Foundation.

Patients and staff were invited to meet these friendly pals at a Human Experience Week stall, and learn more about the important work they do.

The Nepean Therapy Dogs regularly provide comfort and support to patients and their families across the district – these clever pups work to help patients with anxiety, depression and social isolation.

“We walk into a ward and it’s like we’re rock stars! All the nurses come out and everyone is smiling and happy,” Nicole Celeban, President of Nepean Therapy Dogs told The Pulse.

“Patients can laugh, they can cry – we see every single emotion come out. Sometimes the dog is a conduit for them to talk about what’s happening to them, or to try to redirect them to the joys of life.”

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Human Experience Week is a time to reflect on the important connection between the experiences of patients, their families and carers, and the experiences of WSLHD staff and volunteers.

During the week, WSLHD celebrates exceptional patient and staff experiences by inviting and sharing stories to amplify voices and inspire hope.

WSLHD is dedicated to ensuring that the people in its care, along with their families, carers, and WSLHD staff, have the best possible experiences.

The theme for this year is Innovate to Elevate: Amplifying all voices and inspiring hope.