Western Sydney Health Check

Western Sydney Health Check

www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au
Hear from our leading experts on healthcare-related issues from five hospitals and a range of health services in Western Sydney. Proudly produced by Western Sydney Local Health District.


Domestic violence expert encourages people to act
Jul 22 • 15 min
Blacktown Hospital’s Dr Maria Nittis speaks candidly about domestic violence (DV) and the support available in this episode of Western Sydney Health Check.Maria is the department head of the forensic medical unit, a service that documents the injuries…
Physios: The only people telling COVID patients to cough
Jun 29 • 18 min
From helping patients learning to walk again to helping them talk, Westmead Hospital physiotherapist Hariette Esterman says working on the frontline of COVID-19 is no easy task.Hariette works in Westmead Hospital’s ICU as an acute physiotherapist and…
How COVID-19 is affecting young Australians
Jun 18 • 15 min
Jessica Lam and Ikneet Kalsy are both 22, both pharmacy interns, and both members of the Western Sydney Local Health District Youth Council, providing invaluable input into our services from a young person’s perspective.In episode ten they discuss some…
Youngest-ever podcast guest talks COVID-19 with emergency department doctor and aunty
May 27 • 9 min
Dr Kavita Varshney from Westmead Hospital’s emergency department drops in for a chat with her five-year old niece Zara. Zara is the star of an important COVID-19 video message where she cleverly imitated her aunty’s video message for a NSW Health…
Caring for the vulnerable during a pandemic
May 18 • 13 min
As a community nurse, she’s passionate about caring for the vulnerable, particularly Western Sydney’s young people and those experiencing homelessness.In episode eight we speak to Nina about a new clinic providing free flu shots and COVID-19 screening…
Graduate program kicking goals for nurses and midwives
May 15 • 15 min
Registered nurse Ashleigh Peters chats about her experience working in the COVID-19 ward at Westmead Hospital. We hear about her rise through the nursing world and the GradStart program. Yervette Jones, WSLHD Workforce nurse manager, gives an overview…
The intensive care battle against COVID-19
May 6 • 19 min
In episode six we speak to intensive care specialist Dr Tom Solano, critical care coordinator for Western Sydney Local Health District.Dr Solano shares what he and other intensive care staff have seen so far, what they’ve learned from cases overseas,…
How is COVID-19 affecting our mental health
Apr 14 • 15 min
In episode five we speak to Professor Bill Brakoulias, executive director of mental health services for Western Sydney Local Health District.Prof Brakoulias provides insight into how COVID-19 is causing stress and anxiety, leading to some extreme…
COVID-19 for expecting mothers-to-be
Apr 1 • 18 min
In episode four we speak to gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr Andrew Pesce, who has delivered thousands of babies at Westmead Hospital over many decades. Dr Pesce provides advice and reassurance for pregnant women on how to keep themselves and their…
On the frontline of COVID-19 with Dr Brandon Verdonk
Mar 27 • 14 min
In episode three we speak to one of our health heroes, junior medical officer Dr Brandon Verdonk, who’s been working around the clock to help the community of Western Sydney deal with COVID-19.At the coal face of the pandemic, Dr Verdonk takes us…
What do I need to know about COVID-19?
Mar 18 • 18 min
In episode two we ask the big questions about COVID-19, including what it is, how it’s spreading and what happens if you test positive.Our guests are Professor Tania Sorrell, Director of Infectious Disease Services, Westmead, and Director of the Marie…
How are Western Sydney hospitals responding to COVID-19
Mar 13 • 14 min
Welcome to our new podcast Western Sydney Health Check, the only place to hear from leading experts on healthcare-related issues from five hospitals and a range of health services in Western Sydney.In episode one we are joined by our chief executive…