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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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