This collection of beautiful images and wonderful stories - stories of humanity, care and love; picture of happiness, hope, sadness, birth and death. These are the images - snapshots in every sense - of what Western Sydney Local Health District, its professionals, manager, support staff and patients, and their carers, have experienced in 2016.The stories reveal the splendour of the new hospital at Blacktown, the daily grind for people with serious and continuing illness and the fate of tiny premature babies. It is a slice of live. We have had the privilege of sharing it with those who seek our help. I salute all our carers and thank those who recorded our life this year so we can reflect on it and enjoy it.
The complex demands of Western Sydney Local Health District make it all the more important that we pause occasionally and ask ourselves: “What are we doing and what is it for?” The answer must surely be that our main goal is to care for those who are sick and seek our help, and that we look for ways to prevent illness.Lifeblood 2016 helps us reset our compass because it reveals in pictures and words the human stories that demonstrate brilliantly how serioulsy we take this task. I congratulate all our staff on the fine year’s work and thank our communications people who have worked on our behalf to bring us this collection.
Professor Stephen Leeder, WSLHD Board Chair
Danny O'Connor, WSLHD Chief Executive