December 4, 2018

Chief Executive Message

2018 Northern Health Quality Account

This week we’ve published the 2018 Northern Health Quality Account on our website.

In the report, you can read about our absolute commitment to patient safety and improving the patient experience, and our quality and safety achievements over the last 12 months. We know this would not be possible without dedication from our staff, cooperation from our patients and their families, as well as involvement with our community members.

Providing Trusted Care to all of our patients is our commitment, and with the ongoing High Reliability transformation, we are making significant improvements in clinical practice and the way we provide care over the next two years.

In the report, we share the many successful staff and patient stories, showing what we do every day and how we engage with our community, encouraging deeper mutual understanding and support.

I encourage you to read the Quality Account on our website.

Jodie Ashworth leaving Northern Health

Jodie Ashworth, our Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, leaves Northern Health at the end of next week. She and her family will be moving to the warmth of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

On your behalf, I would like to thank Jodie for her drive and commitment since she joined Northern Health in January 2014. She is a passionate advocate for patient care and excellent patient outcomes, and takes pride in leading our nursing and midwifery staff.

Jodie, we wish you well in the next stage of your life and career in Queensland. You will be missed.

Jodie is a guest columnist this week discussing the Patient Experience – the Trusted Care element she has been leading.

Staff Christmas BBQ Lunches

As the year draws to a close, I am pleased to invite you to Staff Christmas BBQ Lunches across our sites: Broadmeadows Hospital at 1pm Monday, 17 December, Northern Hospital Epping at 1pm Tuesday, 18 December, Bundoora at 1pm Wednesday, 19 December, and Craigieburn at 12.30pm Wednesday, 19 December.

I hope you can attend.

Christmas and New Year Celebrations

I hope that you and your families have an enjoyable festive season.

Those participating in workplace Christmas functions need to remember that these are an extension of our workplace – so all Code of Conduct and social media policies apply.  Further information can be found within the Prompt OHS – Employee Health & Wellbeing procedure. 

Keep safe and enjoy this time of the year – refreshed and ready for a great year ahead in 2019.


Chief Executive

Siva Sivarajah