Health workers gathered around a barbecue.

Lunch and kindness: At Port Macquarie Community Health Campus staff enjoyed a Gathering of Kindness. Pictured are Fiona Ross, Michael Rhor, Tania Arnott, Michelle Tyler and Jodie Boston.

Acts of kindness anything but random

Nov 17, 2023

From 13-17 November MNCLHD staff enjoyed several gatherings to show appreciation to our colleagues.

NSW Health held a week of Gatherings of Kindness around the state celebrating the theme ‘My Kind of Experience – Reframing Quality and Safety: Exploring the actions and moments that matter to us all’. The initiative aligns with NSW Health’s Elevating the Human Experience Framework. A week of gatherings began on 13 November, World Kindness Day.

Locally, Acting Nurse Educator Hastings Macleay Clinical Network Community Nursing and Allied Health, Tania Arnott, successfully applied for a grant to fund a series of get-togethers for the local network. From barbecues to meditation sessions, staff could take a break and acknowledge the everyday acts of care and kindness we give to ourselves, each other, and our patients.

“We all have different experiences and interpretations about what acts of kindness mean to us. This week’s events are about popping out kindness; drawing awareness on how kind acts, no matter how small, make a big difference,” Ms Arnott said.

“It’s important to take a few moments to acknowledge what our colleagues do to help us feel good. When we have a positive experience, we feel seen and valued. That positivity flows into the care we give our patients.”

Click on the image below to browse through some kind moments from the week.

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