When actress Magda Szubanski put the call out for healthcare workers to film an “ISO dance” with her Kath and Kim character Sharon Strzlecki, the Emergency Department at Footscray delivered.
Clinical Nurse Specialist Ruth Coleman and Registered Nurses Sophie Hadden, Sarah Ryan and Lucy Butler got their groove on to Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, encouraged by one of their “ace clerks” Lauren.
“I got involved because I feel like in a time where there is so much uncertainty, anxiety, disruption and loss (loss of income, loss of loved ones due to the disease, loss of normality) in the community and within our workplace, it’s important to try and make people smile and make them laugh and just for a brief second, take their mind off of the current situation,” Sarah Ryan said.
On Monday Lucy Butler and Sophie Hadden appeared on Nine News and reinforced the importance of washing your hands and staying at home.
Australia's biggest netball tragic has thrown her support behind our healthcare workers, with Kath and Kim's Sharon Strzelecki creating a special 'ISO DANCE' in their honour.@Eliza_Rugg9 @MagdaSzubanski #9News pic.twitter.com/VqkjbWItqd
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) April 13, 2020
“I am sure most of us grew up watching Kath & Kim so to be able to join her [Sharon] in this was a good opportunity to hopefully achieve a fun message for safe hygiene practices and staying home to protect yourself and health care workers,” Lucy said.
“I hope it shows people that whilst we are working on the frontline every day we are still supporting one another to stay positive during this pandemic. “
Rumour has it that while Sarah Ryan danced in her uggies and dishwashing gloves in her living room, her dog gave me some very weird looks!
“It was a great chance to show off our dance moves, colourful scrubs and the type of PPE we are required to wear daily in order to show the community what we do to stay safe at work whilst they’re all staying home,” Sarah said.
“It has felt really good to be a part of this, knowing that it has had a positive impact on people and I hope it achieves continuing to raise awareness of the virus and continues to give people a good chuckle!” Sarah said.
Noice strong courageous. Special Sharon #Iso dance with healthcare workers on frontline & behind the scenes-full version on my insta ❤️Back up dancers inc @western_health (Footscray Hosp)#PrahranEastMedicalCentre@MetroNorthHHS (Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital)@AmbulanceVic pic.twitter.com/IXFqvjPK7l
— Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) April 12, 2020