Punjabi fusion dancing, Hakas and soulful music: WSLHD’s resounding message of unity at Harmony Day event

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has welcomed vibrant cultural attire, stunning performances, and a palpable sense of unity as staff gathered at Blacktown Hospital to celebrate Harmony Day.

The event brought to life this year’s theme Everyone Belongs with a series of diverse and engaging performances from WSLHD staff in a celebration of difference and inclusion.

From “Punjabi fusion” dance performances to beautiful singing, the event was a powerful exclamation mark in a week of celebrations across the district.

Nicole Grice, WSLHD Director of People & Culture, gave a stirring address as this year’s Executive Sponsor of Harmony Day, emphasising the importance of fostering cultural respect and inclusivity across the district.

“Western Sydney has one of the most diverse cultural communities in Australia and we proudly cater our services to meet the needs of our people,” Nicole said.

With nearly half of the district’s residents born overseas and a majority speaking languages other than English, Harmony Day is a platform to honour this multicultural heritage, something that plays a role in patient and community care year round.

Nicole Grice, WSLHD Director of People & Culture,

“We have an established Multicultural Health team here at the district to work with these culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“This team is dedicated to delivering meaningful, empathetic and culturally sensitive care.”

WSLHD Multicultural Health Services Manager, Monika Latanik, moved attendees with her account of her experience migrating to Australia, and the difficulties and cultural shock she faced.

She also shared the incredible work the Multicultural Health team do for the western Sydney community.

“We do not provide clinical care, but we support the communities to understand how the system looks, how to access it, and how to navigate it.

“We also work with staff to help them understand where the community is coming from.”

The event at Blacktown Hospital also showcased the talent and diversity of staff, including Kanwal Preet Kaur, a Clinical Nurse Educator, who impressed the audience with a captivating “Punjabi fusion” dance performance.

Bryan Ines, Perioperative Services nurse educator, added his touch to the celebration with a heartfelt performance of Circle of Life , and his voice echoed through the halls of the hospital.

Another highlight of the event was a powerful Haka performance by Wiremu (Wil) Pita, Medical Workforce Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals (BMDH).

The Harmony Day celebration at Blacktown Hospital was just one of the many ways in which the WSLHD marked the occasion.

Across the district, departments and teams hosted small events, bringing cultural dishes and wearing cultural dress or the colour orange, each contributing to the collective celebration of multiculturalism and inclusivity.

The array of celebrations throughout the district acted as evidence that Harmony Day is more than just a celebration—it is a statement of the district’s commitment to diversity, respect, and belonging.

Days like today give us an important opportunity to learn and celebrate these vibrant cultures and communities.

Nicole Grice, WSLHD Director of People & Culture,

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