An Ode to Northside

Oh Northside, you have rescued me twice.

You couldn’t take me when scheduled but I later got in.

You are the site of some of my most intense sadness but also elation.

Your staff treated me like family and your patients became true friends.

You took in other people in my life but also chucked out a friend.

Your day programs helped me build a community and better care for myself.

I owe a great deal to you and to your late founder Paul Ramsay.

Keep building a community and stay true to your values.

Don’t become more corporate and continue to offer a better alternative to NSW Health.

By the Mad Unicorn.

August 21, 2018

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