November 2, 2014 Mary Freer

Members of the northern Natal tribes of South African greet one another daily by saying “Sawa bona”, which literally means: “I see you.” The response is “Sikhona” which means: “I am here”.

Does a pledge make a difference? It sure does. We are grateful to Dr Kate Granger , a doctor who is also a terminally ill cancer patient living and working in the UK. Kate started the #hellomynameis campaign when she made the stark discovery, as a patient, that many staff looking after her did not introduce themselves before delivering care.

In 2014 a number of people in Australia took up this challenge and made the #hellomynameis pledge. A number of administrators and clinicians decided they would wear a very simple name badge: their name and their title, that was visible for everyone to see. They also committed to introducing themselves to every patient, every time they delivered care or had an interaction. The #hellomynameis campaign is growing worldwide.

#hellomynameis is a simple but profoundly important way of improving health, aged and community care in Australia. Join us and make a “hellomynameis pledge.