Neonatal Intensive Care Unit receives traditional artwork 
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Multiplex trainee Kenny Dickson with Aboriginal Employment Strategy and Westmead Hospital staff

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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead Hospital has received a traditional Aboriginal artwork to commemorate the care and support provided to a Multiplex trainee’s premature baby and wife.

Four weeks into his traineeship on the Westmead Redevelopment project, Kenny Dickson’s daughter Kanandah was born seven weeks premature and with a serious medical condition that saw her taken into care at the Westmead NICU.

After an eight-week stay, Kanandah is doing well and was able to go home just in time for Christmas.

As a thank you to the Neonatal team for saving Kanandah’s life, Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) Career Mentor Rebecca Ryan created an Aboriginal artwork to donate to the ward from AES and Multiplex.

Kenny gave the artwork to John Whittaker, nursing unit manager of NICU and Donna Garland, operations director for the women and newborn division at Westmead Hospital.

Ms Garland said: “it was wonderful to meet Kenny and hear how the care our team provided his family gave him peace of mind and enabled him to focus on finishing his traineeship.”

Multiplex trainees have been working to convert a previously unused space at Westmead Hospital into the new Connectivity Centre.

The centre has been established to meet the employment needs of the Westmead Redevelopment project, along with wider employment challenges and social value needs of the local community.

It will be the point of co-ordination and collaboration for all employment, training and community-value related activities.

“I’ll always be grateful to the Westmead neonatal team for the care they provided to my family. It makes me even more proud to be working on this project through the connectivity centre,” said Kenny.

The Connectivity Centre will officially open on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.

Photo caption

From left to right: Steve Nelson, business development and operations manager western Sydney, Aboriginal Employment Strategy; Kenny Dickson, Multiplex trainee; Donna Garland, operations director, Westmead Hospital women and newborn division; Rebecca Ryan, career mentor, Aboriginal Employment Strategy; and John Whittaker, nursing unit manager Westmead Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.

Related Information

Read about community participation in the Westmead Redevelopment project.
Read about our arts and culture strategy.