It’s been an intense few months for our healthcare workers.
The smoke had barely settled from last summer’s bushfires when the first cases of coronavirus hit Victoria.
Our region has been beset by one moment of crisis after another, placing a sustained strain on BRHS staff, often on the frontlines.
And so we thought a little dose of good old-fashioned silly fun was what everyone needed right now.
(Laughter may not actually be the best medicine, but it’s pretty good.)
The “Where’s Your Head At?” Happy Head Wear Parade was a light-hearted effort to focus for a moment on how BRHS staff are coping during these stressful times.
The initiative of BRHS CEO Robyn Hayles, the campaign also provided an outlet to come together, laugh a little, and celebrate the wonderful people that make up our organisation.
The idea was simple – staff were tasked with making, repurposing, buying or borrowing the weirdest and most colourful hat or headwear they could dream up, and to wear it to work on “Where’s Your Head At?” Day, Friday, May 22.
More than 90 staff members bravely rose to the occasion, and the resulting virtual “parade” was a lovely galvanising moment for the whole organisation, and a hoot to boot.
“’Where’s Your Head At’ was another way of saying, ‘how are you doing right now?,’ which we felt was really important at the moment,” Hayles said.
“Our staff have done a first class job of handling everything that has been thrown at them over the past few months, personally and professionally. It’s really important we don’t take their own wellbeing for granted.”
“We dedicate a lot of effort to making sure our staff are supported in and out of the workplace, and Where’s Your Head At was another way to help relieve a little stress and bring everyone together for some fun.”
Although there were many strange and remarkable entries, Clerical Support worker Faye Bone was awarded the prize for best headwear, taking home a range of terrific gifts including a voucher for the Long Paddock restaurant in Lindenow, board games and puzzles, Bunnings vouchers and bath salts.