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White Ribbon November 2017

WCHN White Ribbon Ambassador Phil Robinson (front left) with new WCHN White Ribbon Supporters

WCHN committed to White Ribbon

24 November 2017

The Women's and Children's Hospital hosted a lunch for staff this afternoon to recognise White Ribbon Day. The lunch was an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to a future free of domestic and family violence.

Across the Network, other events were held to recognise the importance of the day and discuss the roles each of us can play to speak out and act to change the culture of violence against women.

The Women's and Children's Health Network is proud to be an accredited White Ribbon Workplace.

2017 Churchill Fellowship recipient

23 November 2017

Congratulations to Monica Diaz (pictured) from the Women's and Children's Hospital Women's Assessment Service, who is one of nine recipients in South Australia to receive the Churchill Fellowship for 2017. The Churchill Fellowship will fund a project that will explore the care and support available to women with female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) during pregnancy in countries with high prevalence of FGM/C. The aim is to gain knowledge that will form the foundation for midwifery practice in South Australia for the care of pregnant women with FGM/C.

Commodore Bruce Roach with patient Matthew receiving his bear.

Donation brings smiles to young faces

17 November 2017

Today members of the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (RSAYS) visited the Women's and Children's Hospital, to donate 85 Legacy Teddy Bears to hospital children.

Members of the squadron purchased the Legacy Teddy Bears, to bring a smile and comfort to children in the hospital and support Legacy, which cares for the families of incapacitated and deceased veterans.

Thanks to RSAYS, member Ken Case and the Legacy Club of Adelaide.

World Kindness Day 2017

Kindness celebrated at the WCH

13 November 2017

World Kindness Day celebrates and promotes kindness in all its forms and on Monday 13 November, a number of activities were held at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The aim was to highlight the importance of kindness, selflessness and giving, and the important role these values and behaviours play in our everyday lives, our homes, workplace and society in general.

Activities included a Kindness Day party, featuring clown doctors, face painting and games.

Volunteer guides, including Grace and Judith, also gave out red heart stickers to consumers from the Kermode Street Foyer.

Special visit to the WCH

13 November 2017

Today the Women's and Children's Health Network had the very great honour of hosting the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Lynne Cosgrove.

Their Excellencies visited the WCH and, accompanied by members of the WCHN Executive team and WCHF CEO Jane Scotcher, visited the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Day of Surgery/Campbell Ward and the Immunisation Clinic.

While in Adelaide his Excellency General also attended the inaugural Baker-Gordon Charity Shield T20 Cricket Match (Army vs Air Force) held on Sunday, with all proceeds supporting the Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation.

Their Excellencies are pictured with eight-year-old Leigh and his father Leigh Chamberlain.

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Launch of artwork for Aboriginal Families Health Research Partnership

8 November 2017

The Women's and Children's Health Network is a key part of an Aboriginal Families Health Research Partnership, to support research engaging with Aboriginal families in South Australia. On Tuesday 7 November artwork was launched that celebrates and creates a strong identity for this partnership.

Local Kaurna man Karl Telfer and daughter Jakira (pictured) developed the commissioned artwork together, called Living Health, Living Family, Living Spirit, Strong Communities: A journey of systems change, for healthier generations of our peoples.  All partnership members received a copy.

Other partnership members include SAHMRI, the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the Robinson Research Institute, the Aboriginal Health Council of SA, the Council of Aboriginal Elders SA, KWY, the Department of Social Services, the Department for Education and Child Development, and CALHN, SALHN, NALHN, CHSALHN and SA Health - Aboriginal Health branch.

2017 Person and Family Centred Care Passion Project recipients with members from WCHN Executive.

2018 Passion Projects

1 November 2017

Funding from the Person and Family Centred Care Passion Projects initiative assists the Women’s and Children’s Health Network to work in partnership with consumers and the community to make positive service changes.  

A total of $20,000 is provided each year by the Friends of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Inc. to help realise four new Passion Projects.

Applications are now open until 22 November 2017. For more go to: www.wch.sa.gov.au/support/consumer/consumer_passion_projects.html

2018 South Australian of the Year

31 October 2017

Congratulations to Professor David David AC who has been named 2018 South Australian of the Year. Professor David is known across the country and globe for changing the lives of people with craniofacial deformities and disfigurements. He founded the Australian Craniofacial Unit, based at the WCH and RAH, in 1975, and is now in the running to be the 2018 Australian of the Year to be announced on 25 January.

Minister for Health Peter Malinauskas and son Jack, who was given his scheduled vaccinations at the WCH.

Whooping cough reminder

27 October 2017

Parents of babies and young children are being reminded to vaccinate for whooping cough (pertussis), a highly infectious respiratory infection that can be life threatening in infants and young children. There have been 1,447 cases notified this year to date, around 160 more than at the same time last year.

Minister for Health Peter Malinauskas visited the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today, and his son Jack received his scheduled vaccinations, including pertussis. For more go to https://goo.gl/ymsCpP

Award nominees

26 October 2017

Congratulations to Dr Nigel Farrow (left) and Professor David David, who are two of four nominees for the 2018 South Australia Australian of the Year Awards. Dr Nigel Farrow is a researcher with the Adelaide Cystic Fibrosis Airway Research Group based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Professor David David founded the Australian Craniofacial Unit based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the WCH. For more go to https://goo.gl/3Lc9pz

Strategic Asset Manager Jim Mountzouris and CEO Naomi Dwyer.

Full of colour for an important cause

20 October 2017

Today staff at the Women's and Children's Hospital donned their colourful shirts in support of Loud Shirt Friday. Among them were Women’s and Children’s Health Network CEO Naomi Dwyer and Strategic Asset Manager Jim Mountzouris.

Loud Shirt Friday is about looking out for colleagues and friends, and raising awareness for those doctors who have tragically taken their own lives.

For more information about Loud Shirt Friday visit https://loudshirtfriday.com/

WCH play therapists Sarah and Mary.

Celebrating our play therapists

10 October 2017

This week the Women’s and Children’s Hospital celebrated Play Therapy Week, and the work our play therapists do to support children and their families in hospital.

During the week play therapists, including Sarah and Mary, handed out goodie bags, teddy bears and plush football toys to consumers including ward patients.

Play therapists play an important role across the hospital by providing a range of activities for children, which helps provide a distraction from their illness and treatment.

Play therapy at the WCH is supported by the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation.

 

 

Finals fever at the WCH

28 September 2017

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital was in the grip of footy fever today as staff and patients in the surgical wards wore an array of AFL club outfits to display their true colours.

Some like Adelaide Crows fans Phoebe and Riley, both 7, and Kate Hill Ward play therapist Linda in are hoping their team will bring home the ultimate prize with a win in Saturday’s AFL Grand Final.

WCH play therapist Chelsea Whyte, with Amy, Bryce and Super Max the Turtle.

A super visit from a special helper

20 September 2017

Today the Women's and Children's Hospital had a special visit from a Queensland boy determined to make a difference and help others.

Bryce has been inspired by family and friends who have experienced cancer and wanted to do something to support children with cancer.

His goal is to give every child diagnosed with cancer in Australia with a a Super Max the Turtle night light. The night lights are made of plastic and can be taken into hospital, providing support and comfort.

Bryce, his mum Amy and Super Max the Turtle came to the Women's and Children's Hospital to deliver night lights. For more on the Super Max and Bryce project go to https://www.supermaxandbryce.org/

2017 PFCC Awards

Tamara Stewart-Jones (Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Youth South Australia), Jo Pugliese (WCHN 2017 PFCC Staff Member of the Year) and Naomi Dwyer (Chief Executive Officer, WCHN) at today's award presentation and showcase event.

Jo honoured for commitment to
consumer care

20 September 2017

The inaugural Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) Person and Family Centred Care Staff Member of the Year was announced by Chief Executive Officer Naomi Dwyer at the Women's and Children's Hospital today as part of Person and Family Centred Care Week celebrations.

Jo Pugliese, the Play Therapist in the Paediatric Outpatients Department, was selected from monthly winners to receive the ultimate award for 2017.

Jo regularly receives high praise from consumers and their families, who thank her for making their visit to our outpatient clinics fun and less stressful.

The respect, kindness and patience she demonstrates with children and their parents/carers helps to distract and entertain, making sometimes difficult situations much easier for the consumers and clinicians alike.

Person and family centred care is about consciously making a positive difference to the way in which consumers experience health care.

Congratulations to Jo and all the staff at WCHN who are dedicated to making person and family centred care an integral part of our organisation.

Volunteer Strategy launch

Volunteer Strategy launch

19 September 2017

The Women's and Children's Health Network has launched its PDF iconVolunteer Strategy 2017-2027 (6mb), a blueprint for strengthening volunteer engagement throughout all its services, and in line with a philosophy of person and family centred care. The strategy has been developed in collaboration with volunteers, consumers, community and staff.

Members of the team including Regina Newchurch (Aboriginal Wellbeing Counsellor), Harley Hall (Aboriginal Wellbeing Worker) and Lesley Saunders (Co-ordinator).

CAMHS wins national award

1 September 2017

Congratulations to our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, whose Nanko-walun Porlar Nomawi (Wellbeing for Children and Families) program has received a national award.

The Murray Bridge-based program won a TheMHS Award in the 2017 Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand program for service to mental health, in the category ‘Entries with a Different Focus’.

The program delivers culturally appropriate social and emotional wellbeing services to Aboriginal children and families at risk of engagement with the child protection system.

The award was presented at a national conference in Sydney.

Tara, co-convenor of WCHN’s Consumer Coffee Club, which was a joint winner in the Partnering with Consumers, Carers and our Community category of the 2017 Women’s and Children’s Health Network Service Excellence Awards.

WCHN celebrates excellence

14 August 2017

The Women's and Children's Health Network celebrated excellence among staff, consumers and volunteers on Friday 11 August, at the presentation ceremony for the 2017 WCHN Service Excellence Awards.

These awards formally recognise staff, consumers and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to our organisation and to the people and communities we serve.

 

 

Breastfeeding Week

WCH celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

3 August 2017

New mums, their babies and staff from the Women's and Children's Hospital's Postnatal Ward celebrated Link iconWorld Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2017) with a special morning tea at the hospital. The theme of the week is "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together", which links higher rates of breastfeeding to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Adelaide Guitar Festival performance

14 July 2017

Performers from the Link iconAdelaide Guitar Festival’s Resonance program, including Chapman Stick player Andy Salvanos and Emma and Dylan from The Woolcocks, stopped by the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today to give young patients, including  Kiera (11) and Isaac (10), a taste of the some of world-class music.

 

Research informs leading appendicitis care

12 July 2017

A Women’s and Children’s Hospital study has found children with appendicitis could be sent home a day sooner thanks to a new ‘criteria-led’ discharge (CLD) procedure. It also found that this approach could reduce the amount of medication required in cases of uncomplicated appendicitis.

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Women's and Children's Hospital Update

20 June 2017

The South Australian Government has announced a new $528 million world class Adelaide Women's Hospital. The Adelaide Women's Hospital will be co-located with the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, within the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct by the end of 2024. For more information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/yourlocalhospital

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Performer Shireen Khemlani with Melissa (right) and Madelyn (left).

A musical high note

15 June 2017

Performers from  the Adelaide Cabaret Festival show Hush 16 - A Piece Of Quiet, including local bassist Shireen Khemlani, visited the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today to entertain patients and families.

James John (second from right) has donated $10,000 to the hospital's Michael Rice Centre.

Michael Rice Centre Donation

5 June 2017

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital today gratefully accepted a donation of $10,000 for the hospital’s Michael Rice Centre, for children and young people with cancer and blood disorders.

The donation was from James John, who has completed an 18,000 kilometre motorbike ride around Australia to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

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Jessica McKenzie, centre, celebrates her award with colleagues from the WCHN

Staff honoured at 2017 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards

12 May 2017

Tonight four staff members from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the nursing and midwifery professions at this year’s SA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

We congratulate Jessica McKenzie, winner of the Mary Buckskin Award for Excellence in Practice, as well as Trudi Verrall, winner of the Excellence in Innovation in Education Award. We also congratulate Tracey Markham and Jorja Terrell, who were each awarded South Australian Premier's Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships.

The success of our nurses and midwives is testament to their dedication and skill, and we are immensely proud of them all.

Commissioner for Children and Young People Helen Connolly with some of the members of the WCHN Youth Advisory Group.

Children's Commissioner visit

11 May 2017

Today South Australia’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly, visited the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. Helen met with representatives from the Network’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG), to hear first-hand from the young people she is charged with serving.

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Usha and Emily are part of the Volunteer Guide Team that helps patients and visitors find their way around the hospital

Volunteer Guide Team celebrates one year of service

8 May 2017

As part of National Volunteer Week, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Volunteer Guide Team. The Volunteer Guides play a crucial role in helping consumers navigate their way around the hospital and provide a friendly and reassuring presence for the entire hospital community. We thank the Volunteer Guides for their service and wish them a very happy National Volunteer Week!

Four-year-old Riley dressed up as a Rebel Fighter Pilot to celebrate Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you

4 May 2017

Today the children at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital celebrated Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) with a visit from Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader and Darth’s Royal Guard.

Kate and baby Georgia attend the immunisation clinic for their annual flu vaccination

Immunisation clinic going strong

24 April 2017

As part of World Immunisation Week, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital is celebrating the six-month anniversary of its immunisation clinic, which was established to protect the patients and families of the hospital from vaccine-preventable diseases. Over 1,200 patients have been vaccinated at the clinic since it opened its doors.

Four-year-old Lucas attends the Women’s and Children’s Hospital every two weeks as part of the world-first peanut/probiotic allergy trial.

Women’s and Children’s Hospital tackles peanut allergy

20 April 2017

Around one in 30 South Australian children have a peanut allergy. Unlike other allergies, peanut allergy is usually life-long. The Women’s and Children’s Hospital is part of a world-first peanut allergy trial that is looking at how long-term tolerance of peanut can be achieved by using a combination of peanut and a probiotic. As such, the outcomes of this trial are expected to have a significant impact on the way that peanut allergy is managed in the future.

Parents of children who are aged between one and 10 years of age and who suffer from peanut allergy can find out more about the trial by contacting the WCHN allergy team on 8161 9294 / Health.CYWHSAllergyResearch@sa.gov.au.

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Easter Bunny visits Women’s and Children’s Hospital

16 April 2017

Today the Easter Bunny visited families at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to give out chocolate eggs and bring some Easter cheer to children like Justin (left) who didn’t get to go home on this special holiday.

Ronan Smyth and Naomi Dwyer at the WCHN White Ribbon celebration today

Women’s and Children’s Health Network achieves White Ribbon accreditation

5 April 2017

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) has officially become a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace, achieving an Outstanding rating in four accreditation criteria. Ronan Smyth, White Ribbon Workplace Program Executive Manager, attended a celebratory event at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today and presented WCHN CEO Naomi Dwyer with a White Ribbon Workplace accreditation certificate.

Play therapist Jo reads to Lucy (left) and Neena (right) in the Paediatric Outpatients Department

Women’s and Children’s Hospital celebrates Harmony Day

21 March 2017

Harmony Day is an opportunity to honour the multiple ancestries that make up Australia’s diverse population and to foster a sense of belonging for everyone who calls Australia home. Today the Women’s and Children’s Hospital is celebrating Harmony Day with a special book reading of Mem Fox’s "Whoever You Are", which tells the important story of human connection across cultures.

Singh from 'Turbans and Trust' shows Riley from the WCHN Youth Advisory Group how to tie a turban

Cultural Diversity Expo starts important conversation about faith and community

16 March 2017

Today the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) held its first Cultural Diversity Expo to help educate consumers about health care for migrant and refugee families in South Australia. The event was attended by Multicultural Youth South Australia; Multicultural Communities South Australia; the Australian Refugee Association; the African Women’s Federation of South Australia; the Migrant Resource Centre; Welcome to Australia; Turbans and Trust; KidSafe SA and members of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in South Australia.

Guest speakers Zak and Pam at today’s Cultural Diversity Grand Round

Grand Round shines light on Muslim and Sikh worlds

15 March 2017

As part of Cultural Diversity Month at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, a Ground Round was held today to explore misconceptions associated with different communities of faith. Consumer representatives Zakiyyah (Zak) and Parjit (Pam) gave inspirational presentations about their Muslim and Sikh cultures, and members of South Australia’s Nigerian community gave a compelling musical performance.

L-R: Transplant physician Dr Robert Carroll (RAH), kidney transplant recipient Stephanee Hermsen and paediatric nephrologist Dr Sam Crafter (WCH)

World Kidney Day a cause for celebration

9 March 2017

Doctors from the Women's and Children's Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital are celebrating the success of their joint kidney program today, which has achieved a 100% success rate in preventing kidney failure among teenagers with kidney disease. To date, 12 young adults have graduated from the program with new kidneys, without relapse.

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Pregnant women urged to get whooping cough vaccine

28 February 2017

Due to a recent spike in whooping cough cases among South Australian babies, Health Minister Jack Snelling has issued a warning to pregnant women to make sure they are vaccinated.

A free vaccine is available to pregnant women who are in their final trimester. Expectant mothers who are given the vaccine are able to transfer immunity to their unborn babies, providing over 90 per cent protection against severe illness and death from whooping cough.

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Glenda from the Adelaide West Rotary Club hands new Mum Chelsea and baby Mia a copy of “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” by Mem Fox

Newborns get their first taste of reading at Women’s and Children’s Hospital

22 February 2017

Today the Women’s and Children’s Hospital welcomed members of the Adelaide West Rotary Club who handed out free picture books to new families in the postnatal ward. This generous gesture was part of Rotary’s “Books for Babies” initiative which aims to foster early literacy development and a lifelong love of reading among our youngest Australians.

Nikkita and Jason attended the Sweetheart Day celebrations at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital with their six-month-old son Ari, who is about to undergo his second heart operation

A special day for sweethearts

14 February 2017

Today the Women’s and Children’s Hospital joined forces with HeartKids to celebrate Sweetheart Day, a special date in the health calendar to honour all those children living with childhood heart disease and raise important funds for ongoing medical research.

The Cardiology Department at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital works closely with HeartKids to raise awareness of childhood heart disease and support families on their medical journeys.

L-R: Jenny Fereday, Uncle Lewis, WCHN CEO Naomi Dwyer and Jackie Ah-Kit celebrate the launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan today

Reconciliation Action Plan launched on National Apology Day

13 February 2017

Today is the ninth anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, and a day that the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) has chosen to renew its commitment to health equity among our nation’s First Peoples.

A new Reconciliation Action Plan has now been launched by the WCHN to ensure that everyone in the community has the opportunity to grow, prosper and be healthy according to the principles of mutual trust and respect.

The Reconciliation Action Plan for 2017-2020 can be downloaded from the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit web-page.


New structure proposed for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

10 February 2017

A proposed new organisational structure for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in South Australia has been released for a four-week public consultation.

The proposed new structure would ensure that CAMHS consistently delivers a high standard of contemporary care to infants, children, adolescents and their families with mental health needs across the state.

Comments and feedback can be submitted via an online survey before 14 March 2017.

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The Cooper family are glad to have a space for their service dog Charlie to have some respite during their regular trips to the Women's and Children's Hospital

Dog comfort stop launched at Women’s and Children’s Hospital

31 January 2017

Charlie the King Charles Spaniel is one of the first dogs to use the new dog comfort stop at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, a special place for guide dogs and therapy dogs to rest, go to the toilet and have a drink.

The Women's and Children's Hospital is now one of the first public hospitals to provide a comfort zone for service dogs. The dog comfort spot was launched today by the Cooper family, and is open to all consumers of the Women's and Children's Health Network who rely on the support of a registered service dog.

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Little Finn makes his best Operation Ouch! face alongside Dr Xand and Dr Chris in Kate Hill Ward today

Operation Ouch! comes to Women’s and Children’s Hospital

4 January 2017

Television's favourite identical twins, Dr Chris and Dr Xand, from the hit ABC children's television series Operation Ouch!, kicked off their first Australian tour today with a visit to the Women's and Children’'s Hospital.

Dr Chris and Dr Xand spent time with patients in the Kate Hill and Newland Wards and shared amazing facts about the human body and the fascinating world of biology. Their visit was a major highlight for Operation Ouch! fans at the hospital and a happy precursor to their first live concert at Her Majesty's Theatre on 6th January.

Little ones were delighted by Santa’s surprise arrival in the Outpatients Department today

Surprise visit from Santa brings magic to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital

23 December 2016

Santa Claus made a special early visit to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today to hand-out gifts to children in the Outpatients Department and in the wards. The jolly man in the big red suit was joined by the Clown Doctors who sang carols to the children and stirred up fun for families in the lead-up to Christmas Day.

Four-year-old Jio was entertained by the Christmas Pageant Royal Family in Cassia Ward today

A touch of royalty lifts Christmas spirits

21 December 2016

The Credit Union Christmas Pageant Royal Family visited the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today to distribute DVDs of the 2016 Pageant and provide a happy diversion from day-to-day hospital life. The Pageant King, Queen and three princesses chatted to the children in Cassia Ward and gave out “pageant postcards” for them to colour in.

Crows captain Taylor Walker and Crows midfielder Rory Sloane spent time with Milla, Alfie and Layla in Kate Hill Ward today

Crows bring laughter and frivolity to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital

20 December 2016

The entire Crows men’s list and six of the Adelaide Football Club’s women’s players visited the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today to distribute gifts to patients and help spread some Christmas cheer. They mingled with families on the Play Deck and then visited each of the wards where they signed caps and posters and chatted to patients about their Christmas wishes and hopes for the new year.

WCH patient Luke got into the festive spirit with Dorothy the Dinosaur at this year’s Starlight Christmas Party

Starlight Express Room hosts morning of comedy and carols

15 December 2016

The Starlight Children’s Foundation hosted its annual Christmas Party in the Starlight Express Room at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today with the help of ‘Captain Starlight’ and Dorothy the Dinosaur.

Children were entertained by a pantomime and a special hour of carol-singing, as well as a visit from the Adelaide United W-League team. The event provided seriously ill children with a welcome distraction from the stress of hospitalisation and allowed them an opportunity to focus on having fun this festive season.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens caught up with Father Christmas and his elves at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today

Police Link Christmas Party brings festive cheer to children who can’t go home for Christmas

9 December 2016

The Women's and Children's Hospital had a special visit from Police Commissioner Grant Stevens today as part of the annual Police Link Christmas Party.

Commissioner Stevens was joined by Father Christmas, the Clown Doctors, Star Wars characters and members of the South Australian police force, who helped spread Christmas cheer to patients and teach children at the hospital about personal safety.

Baby Leah celebrates the festive season with her Mum, Shannon, at the annual Premature Babies’ Christmas Party

Premmie babies celebrated at annual Christmas party

29 November 2016

Families across Adelaide attended the annual Premature Babies’ Christmas Party at the Women's and Children's Hospital today for a chance to celebrate the lives of those children born at 23 – 29 weeks into pregnancy.

This annual celebration is a wonderful opportunity for neonatal staff to reconnect with the families they have cared for and to promote the importance of early child development among our most vulnerable infants.

Staff and families of the Women's and Children's Health Network gathered together to march against domestic and family violence on Saturday

Women’s and Children’s Health Network joins White Ribbon March

26 November 2016

Staff from the Women's and Children's Health Network were proud to join the White Ribbon March in Adelaide over the weekend to promote the end of violence against women and children.

They were led by CEO Naomi Dwyer and Executive Director and White Ribbon Ambassador, Phil Robinson. The march finished on the steps of Parliament House, where White Ribbon Ambassadors spoke publicly about the importance of preventing domestic and family violence through cultural change.

The new White Ribbon Advocates for the WCHN stood up and spoke out today for the end of domestic and family violence

Staff stand up and speak out on White Ribbon Day

25 November 2016

The Women's and Children's Hospital hosted a lunch for staff this afternoon as part of White Ribbon Day. The lunch was an opportunity to announce the new White Ribbon Advocates for the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN), and to hear from White Ribbon Ambassador Superintendent, Phil Hoff.

Over 20 departments within the WCHN held additional events to recognise the importance of the day and discuss ways that staff can support those affected by domestic and family violence.

WCHN Chief Executive Officer Naomi Dwyer talks about our commitment to White Ribbon

24 November 2016

White Ribbon Ambassador Phil Robinson and Naomi Dwyer talk about the role men can play in ending violence against women

24 November 2016

Immunisation nurse Iann Homer gives baby Beatrix her vaccination at the new immunisation clinic

New immunisation clinic now open

23 November 2016

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital is now the only hospital in South Australia to offer an on-site immunisation clinic for all current inpatients and outpatients in its care.

The clinic will provide all of the vaccines on the National Immunisation Schedule, including the influenza vaccine for pregnant women. It will play an especially important role in protecting women and children with pre-existing medical conditions from preventable infectious diseases.

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Dr Jaya Kusuma and Professor Made Wiryana from Sanglah Hospital stand alongside WCHN CEO Naomi Dwyer with the Memoranda of Understanding

Important international partnership for Women’s and Children’s Health Network

23 November 2016

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network has exchanged Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Adelaide, Sanglah Hospital and the University of Udayana in Bali, Indonesia.

The MOU formalises what has been a great partnership between the organisations over a number of years to collaborate and share education and clinical practice to improve health outcomes for babies and women.

Baby Mia is entertained by two clowns from the Pageant, who took time to visit the hospital following the official parade in Adelaide

Pageant comes to the hospital

12 November 2016

Characters from the Credit Union Christmas Pageant brought festive cheer to children at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today, as the countdown to Christmas officially began.

The new-look Women's Outpatients Department now boasts a more contemporary, relaxed feel

Women's Outpatients Department undergoes a makeover

8 November 2016

The Women’s Outpatients Department at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital has now been renovated. The renovation includes a new wall mural, children’s play zone and new seating. The renovation took place in response to consumer feedback and was funded by TeamKids.

Patients are encouraged to use the ‘person and family-centred’ letterbox that is located in Women’s Outpatients to provide their feedback on the refurbishment.

L-R: Geoffrey Carson (SA Police), Katrina Dee (Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service) and Michael O'Connell (Commissioner for Victims' Rights) came together for the campaign launch

Riverlanders urged to speak out about rape and sexual assault

18 October 2016

Fifteen black silhouettes went up on display across the Riverland today to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault, as part a campaign to encourage help-seeking among survivors of sexual violence.

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Little Isabella receives a goodie bag from play therapists Alex and Leeza

Play Therapy Week brings extra fun to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital

13 October 2016

This week the Women’s and Children’s Hospital is celebrating Play Therapy Week by distributing goodie bags to children receiving treatment.

The hospital’s play therapists play a vital role in the life of the hospital by helping children overcome their fears about the hospital experience through imaginative play and guided relaxation. We recognise the importance of play in recovery and healing and thank all of our play therapists for their dedication and expertise.

The leaders of the Nanko-walun Porlar Nomawi program (L-R): Lesley Saunders, Harley Hall and Regina Newchurch

Program for Aboriginal wellbeing wins Mental Health Award

12 October 2016

An innovative program aimed at improving the emotional and mental health of Aboriginal children in the Murraylands has been awarded the 2016 Mental Health Excellence and Innovation Award by SA Health.

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Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Elsa, Rapunzel and Snow White surprised and delighted children waiting in the outpatients area of the hospital

Princess visit brings sparkle and cheer to WCH patients

27 September 2016

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital was visited by six Disney princesses today in advance of South Australia’s first “Once Upon A Princess Ball” taking place in the October school holidays.

Children in the outpatients area of the hospital were thrilled to be able to practice their best princess moves with beloved storybook characters while waiting to see their doctor.

SANFL players met Cassia Ward patient Jonathan and chatted about their Grand Final hopes for Sunday 25th September.

SANFL players unite for hospital visit

20 September 2016

Star Eagles player Andrew Ainger joined Sturt player Rune Gilfoy and Sturt coach Marty Mattner at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today to visit kids who won’t be able to make the Grand Final on Sunday.

They brought with them the SANFL’s Thomas Seymour Hill Premiership Cup, which has been on tour throughout Adelaide during the finals series.

Inpatients Blaze and Isabelle engaged in imaginative play as swashbuckling pirates with their play therapist Leeza.

Shiver me timbers, it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day

19 September 2016

Children at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital found their sea legs today as part of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. They donned bandanas, swords and pirate teddies and temporarily ‘weighed anchor’ on hospital life to enjoy some escapist fun with their play therapists.

Advanced laser technology

Firefighters and police officers helped launch the Lumenis Ultra Pulse CO2 Laser today.

Advanced laser technology to help burns patients

15 September 2016

A Lumenis Ultra Pulse CO2 Laser has been launched at the Women's and Children's Hospital today to help burns patients recover from deep scarring, thanks to generous donations from Australian Professional Fire Fighters Foundation and the World Police and Fire Games Club.

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Closing Ceremony

Twelve-year-old Alex meets former Olympian Carla Boyd at the WCH.

Former Olympians attend closing ceremony at the hospital

31 August 2016

The Women's and Children's Hospital has held a closing ceremony for its very own Games and invited former Olympians to join in the celebrations.

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Jackie Ah Kit

The Director of Aboriginal Health at the Women's and Children's Health Network, Jackie Ah Kit.

Director of Aboriginal Health honoured at 2016 Gladys Elphick Awards

27 August 2016

The Director of Aboriginal Health at the Women's and Children's Health Network, Jackie Ah Kit, has been awarded the Shirley Peisley Award for influencing positive change in the workforce for Aboriginal people.

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Book Week bandwagon

Vickie Kaminski from SA Health reads a beloved Australian tale to inpatient Isabella at the WCH.

SA Health chief gets on the Book Week bandwagon

25 August 2016

Vickie Kaminski, Acting Chief Executive of SA Health, visited the Women's and Children's Hospital today to take part in Book Week activities. Vickie met five-year-old inpatient, Isabella, and read the Australian classic, Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach.

Ronald McDonald House - Book Week

Jane Scotcher from Ronald McDonald House Charities joins Jack and his Mum Grace in a book-making activity at the WCH.

Ronald McDonald House celebrates Book Week at the hospital

23 August 2016

Children staying at Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide have joined in the Book Week fun at the Women's and Children's Hospital by making their own books.

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Robotic Centre

Rehabilitation patient Tanna takes a turn on the Lokomat machine with the support of senior physiotherapist, Marianne.

Australia's first robotic gym now open

11 August 2016

A state-of-the art robotic gym has opened today at the hospital for children living with serious neurological disorders, thanks to a $1.5 million donation from The Little Heroes Foundation.

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This year's 'Talent Within' Exhibition award winner Tim Boord with two of his photographic pieces on display in the hospital.

Hospital celebrates its 'talent within'

10 August 2016

An exhibition of artwork contributed by staff from across the Women's and Children's Health Network has been launched at the hospital as part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.

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WCH Games

Patients of Cassia Ward join forces with Captain Starlight to celebrate the 2016 WCH Games.

Olympic fever inspires month of playful competition

10 August 2016

The Women's and Children's Hospital has launched its very own Games to coincide with the Summer Olympics in Rio.

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Resonance Concert

Multi-award winning Blues guitarist Cal Williams Jr with WCH patients Corey and Eric.

Adelaide Guitar Festival brings healing power to the hospital

4 August 2016

A world-class ensemble of performers from the Adelaide Guitar Festival has given two concerts for patients at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

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Baby Bundles

It is hoped the study will benefit the long-term intergenerational health of Aboriginal mothers and their children.

Aboriginal mums to receive bundles of nutritional support

29 July 2016

A new research study being hosted at the Women's and Children's Health Network will focus on improving the health of expectant Aboriginal mothers via the provision of 'bundles' containing healthy food and nutritional advice.

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Friends Equipment donation

Dr James Rice, Head of Paediatric Rehabilitation at the WCH, and the Vice-President of Friends, Bev Graham, with the donated ultrasound scanning machine.

Friends of the WCH donate $100,000 of equipment to the hospital

27 July 2016

Children in the emergency and rehabilitation departments of the WCH will now benefit from two new pieces of medical equipment that have been donated to the hospital by the Friends of the Women's and Children's Hospital.

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NAIDOC Week 2016

Staff of the Starlight Express Room and the Aboriginal Liaison Unit standing in front of the handmade Rainbow Serpent

Rainbow Serpent captures the spirit of NAIDOC Week

10 July 2016

Over 100 children at the Women's and Children's Hospital have used their handprints to create a Rainbow Serpent mural as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

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Extra Steps

1,000 extra steps a day helps children with type 1 diabetes

5 July 2016

New research from the Women's and Children's Hospital and University of Adelaide has shown that children who have type 1 diabetes can improve their cardiovascular health by simply taking an extra 1,000 steps a day.

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Baby Friendly Accreditation

Baby Friendly accreditation

20 June 2016

The Child and Family Health Service has been re-accredited as a Baby Friendly organisation for a further three years by the Baby Friendly Health Initiative.

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White Ribbon Event - May 2016

White Ribbon

10 May 2016

The Women's and Children's Health Network is working towards becoming accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace.

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Nursing and Midwifery winners

Our Nursing and Midwifery winners

9 May 2016

Congratulations to all Women's and Children's Health Network staff nominated in this year's annual Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, held on 6 May.

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Volunteer Guides

Volunteer Guide Team launched

9 May 2016

A new Volunteer Guide Team at the Women's and Children's Hospital was launched on 9 May, coinciding with National Volunteer Week.

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Hannah Jeffries

Star Wars characters visit

4 May 2016

Children at the Women's and Children's Hospital, including Hannah, were treated to a special visit by Star Wars characters on 4 May.

May the Fourth is sometimes referred to as 'Star Wars Day' by Star Wars fans, and the visiting Star Wars characters distributed Star Wars toys, posters, books and DVDs to patients in the hospital's Kate Hill, Newland and Adolescent wards. The characters also visited the Starlight Express Room.

Pap Awareness Week 2016

Pap Awareness Week

29 April 2016

The Women's and Children's Health Network is reminding women about the importance of getting regular Pap smears, to help prevent cervical cancer, ahead of Pap Awareness Week 2016.

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Diabetes study

Country families needed for biggest type 1 diabetes study

28 April 2016

Families living in regional South Australia will now be able to participate in the nation's largest study into the causes of type 1 diabetes in early life.

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Toxic Mushrooms found in SA

Deadly mushrooms found in SA

27 April 2016

Dr Julian White, Head of Toxinology, Women's and Children's Health Network helped to share the message about the dangers of poisonous wild mushrooms through media coverage in April.

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Clown Doctors celebrate 15 years

Clown Doctors celebrate 15 years
at the WCH

11 April 2016

For 15 years, a special kind of medicine has been delivered to sick and injured children at the Women's and Children's Hospital courtesy of performers known as Clown Doctors, who spread fun and laughter to those who need it most.

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Potential immunotherapies for cancer

Advancing the potential of immunotherapies for cancer

7 April 2016

A new research project being led by Associate Professor Simon Barry at the Women's and Children's Hospital may help to advance the potential of immunotherapies for cancer. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing.

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Starlight Express Room turns 5

Five years on, Starlight Express Room continues to shine

5 April 2016

The Starlight Express Room at the Women's and Children's Hospital celebrated five years on Tuesday 5 April.

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Easter Bunny visit

Happy Easter!

27 March 2016

Tyson was one of many patients at the Women's and Children's Hospital who received a visit from the Cadbury Easter bunny on Easter Sunday. The Easter bunny handed out chocolate bunnies and wished a Happy Easter to children who didn't get to go home over the weekend.

Representatives from SA Police Link were also on hand to hand out Easter eggs.

WABS multicultural award

WCH's WABS Division wins multicultural award

22 March 2016

The Women's and Children's Hospital's Women's and Babies Division received a Governor's Multicultural Award in March to recognise the efforts of the team to support new mothers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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In harmony with diversity

In harmony with diversity

21 March 2016

Harmony Day was the culmination of Cultural Diversity Month celebrations at the Women's and Children's Health Network.

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Georgio's Easter gift

Georgio's Easter gift

18 March 2016

Women's and Children's Hospital patient Georgio Tsipanitis is one of the State's highest paediatric users of red blood donations due to a blood disorder affecting his production of haemoglobin.

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A celebration of cultures

A celebration of cultures

16 March 2016

The Women's and Children's Health Network celebrates the cultural diversity of its staff, consumers, stakeholders and visitors.

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Visit from Lewis & Lowe

Visit from Lewis & Lowe

11 March 2016

Nova's Lewis & Lowe visited the Women's and Children's Hospital in March, to hand out some colouring in books developed in partnership with TeamKids. Distraction and play therapy can help recovery and the Women's and Children's Hospital play therapists often involve children in colouring in and other craft activities.

Kidney disease

Raising awareness of kidney disease

8 March 2016

Health Minister Jack Snelling and representatives from Kidney Health Australia visited the Women's and Children's Hospital's paediatric Renal Department and facilities on 8 March.

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A fond farewell

A fond farewell to a little champion

5 March 2016

Oliver Climas spent almost a year at the Women's and Children's Hospital and in that time captured the hearts of many staff and volunteers.

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X-Factor winner visits WCH

X-Factor Australia winner visits kids in hospital

2 March 2016

Children in the Women's and Children's Hospital's Cassia Ward had a visit from Reece Mastin in March.

Reece, the X-Factor Australia winner in 2011, helped spread some musical cheer in the ward, treating children and families to some songs.

One in 24 million

One in 24 million

16 February 2016

Baby Ivy was born at the Women's and Children's Hospital just four minutes after Australia's population officially ticked over to 24 million, making her birth a very special delivery.

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