May 23, 2019

What’s new this month

There’s a lot happening at Northern Health during May, as we are prepare for winter, launching the annual People Matter Survey, and planning for the new financial year.

People Matter Survey

The survey is your once-a-year opportunity to tell us about your experience working at Northern Health. It’s an opportunity to tell us what makes you excited to come to work every day, what can be improved in your working environment and how we, as an organisation, can support you.

And we promise not just to listen to what you say, but also act upon it to make real changes. Your answers will show us the opportunities for growth, improvement and ways to make Northern Health a safe and welcoming place to work for everyone.

I encourage everyone to complete the survey by clicking here.

Flu Campaign

The flu has come early this year and this flu season is developing as a serious one.  There’s been an unprecedented rise in flu cases across the country, with Victoria seeing 26 deaths and 10,683 diagnosed cases of influenza, compared with 2,197 at the same time last year.

After launching the flu campaign in the beginning of the month, we have been dedicated to vaccinating both our staff and our community. Our diligent staff have been working extended hours to provide vaccinations from 8 am to 8 pm every day in the Northern Hospital foyer. Thank you for all the hard work you do.

In addition, we’ve arranged for appointments at Craigieburn Centre during May and June, to accommodate the needs of our community.

So far, we have vaccinated around 57.5% of staff, and we need 1,215 more to reach our target of 85%! I would strongly recommend all of our staff get their vaccinations, to keep themselves, their families and their Northern family protected.

Our community has responded to our message to vaccinate on time and stay well. Up to this date, we have vaccinated between 6,000-7,000 community members and our flu clinic will continue to support our community in staying well and protected.

This week, I have two important messages for all: Don’t forget your flu shot and don’t forget to complete the People Matter Survey.

Have a great week everyone.

Siva Sivarajah

Chief Executive