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New medical day unit unveiled

26 September 2018

Nearly 100 families with chronically ill children are set to benefit from the redeveloped Medical Day Unit and Renal Dialysis Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The redeveloped unit has capacity for up to 18 treatment spaces that will see children with life-long or chronic conditions and also provide services including dialysis, allergy tests and intravenous infusions.

Ninety-eight families regularly use the space and almost 2,000 children were treated last financial year. That number is expected to grow with the addition of new treatment spaces. PDF iconRead more

Medication Safety Week – Know Your Allergies

20 August 2018

Medication Safety Week will be held from 20 to 26 August 2018, to coincide with Link iconNPS Be Medicinewise Week.

This year we are encouraging you to be Medicinewise and know your allergies.

Know your medication allergies.

  • What is the medication that you are allergic to?
  • When did the reaction happen?
  • How did you react to the medication (e.g. rash, swelling, nausea)?

Discuss with your doctor, nurse and pharmacist.

  • Your doctor should always ask you about your allergies before prescribing a medicine.
  • Your pharmacist should always ask you about your allergies when checking the prescription or taking your medication history.
  • Your nurse or midwife should always ask about your allergies before giving a medicine.

If you are not asked about your allergies or you have any questions, always speak up.
Make sure your family and friends are aware of your allergies.

Queen Victoria Operating Suites engineering works

5 June 2018

As part of an internal audit of the Queen Victoria Operating Suite, last week we were made aware of issues in relation to air conditioning systems in two theatres within this area.

As a result, on Monday of this week engineering works took place in both theatres to install two new variable speed drives in the air handling units. This work has resolved the issues identified in both theatres, with one theatre being recommissioned this morning and the second theatre will be become operational from tomorrow morning.

Engineering will continue to monitor the theatres to ensure air pressure and air exchanges remain at an appropriate level. WCHN Executive will continue to review the monitoring of maintenance.

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Celebrating our volunteers

25 May 2018

We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

Volunteers play an integral role in delivering person and family centred care and are considered a critical part of our organisation.

They contribute almost 50,000 hours of service to the WCHN, equating to  a value of more than $2 million.  To find out more visit http://wch.sa.gov.au/support/volunteer

Volunteers Day

National Volunteer Week

22 May 2018

Women’s and Children’s Health Network volunteers were among those who proudly flew the flag during a special march through Adelaide’s CBD to mark the start of 2018 National Volunteer Week. The march is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week celebration is “Give a little. Change a lot”.

Our volunteers exemplify the spirit of generosity. They contribute in many different ways throughout the hospital and at our community sites.

They are a critical support to our paid workforce and an integral part of our WCHN family.

We are fortunate to have more than 200 volunteers who contribute their time, skills and lived experience, enhancing the services we can deliver to women, babies, children and young people.

A big thank you to all our WCHN volunteers.

Hand Hygeine Day 2018

It's in your hands

4 May 2018

In recognition of Hand Hygiene Day (5 May), Musa from the Women's and Children's Hospital Kids Klub joined nurse Leah to conduct a hand hygiene audit and education session. Musa confirmed that the nurses and doctors had 'super clean hands'.

Hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of infection and it is important that we all take hand hygiene seriously. For everyday tips, Link iconclick here.

Celebrating Starlight Day

4 May 2018

Today the Women's and Children's Hospital celebrated Starlight Day in the Starlight Express Room, with Captain Starlight organising a special day for seriously ill children and their families. Three year old Evan, along with Aboriginal Artist Cedric Varcoe, Captain Bubbles, his mum Ailsa and Captain Action joined in the activities and fun.

Star Wars Day 2018

Star Wars characters visit WCH

4 May 2018

Today the children at the Women's and Children's Hospital celebrated Star Wars Day with a visit from Star Wars characters. Rey (sometimes known as Dayton, 3) had a visit from a fellow Jedi Knight and a Tie Fighter Pilot. May the fourth be with you!

Premier Steven Marshall, flanked by WCHN CEO Lindsey Gough, at the announcment regarding membership of a new high-level task force to drive the planning for a new WCH to be built alongside the RAH.

New WCH Task Force announced

18 April 2018

The South Australian Government has established a high-level taskforce to drive the co-location of a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

Jim Birch, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the SA Health Department has been appointed to lead the task force, which will guide the planning for a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital to be co-located with the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Read More ...

Premier Steven Marshall is given a tour of the Medical Day Unit construction site at the WCH.

Artist's impression of what the new Medical Day Unit will look like.

WCH Medical Day Unit redevelopment under way

18 April 2018

The SA Government has committed to sustaining the current WCH site, with the redevelopment of the hospital’s Medical Day Unit (MDU) for children with chronic illnesses. The unit will have 18 treatment spaces, two procedure rooms, improved patient consulting spaces and clinical support spaces, including a dedicated reception area. Work on the project is expected to be completed during 2018.

Premier Steven Marshall and Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade recently visited the  hospital to tour the construction site for the redeveloped Medical Day Unit.

Kids have their say during SA Youth Week

18 April 2018

To mark SA Youth Week, members of the Women's and Children's Health Network's Youth Advisory Group and Kids Klub hosted a Grand Round seminar at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital  to talk about the importance of young people's voices in providing safe, quality health care.

Young people want health care workers to T.U.N.E into their needs. Find out more WCH page link iconhere.

‘Ask me to explain’ campaign

16 April 2018

Today, the Paediatric Emergency Department at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital launched its ‘Ask me to explain’ campaign, which actively encourages families to ask questions about their child’s care, and empowers them at a time when they may be feeling anxious and vulnerable.  To find out more, click here Link icon 

$2.5 million Centre of Research Excellence
launched at WCH

12 April 2018

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) will help guide the nation in improving the nutrition of mothers and babies, with the launch of the $2.5 million Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Targeted Nutrition to Improve Maternal and Child Health Outcomes.

The CRE, based at the WCH, is an important partnership between the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the University of Adelaide, SA Health and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Pictured at the launch are Prof. Steve Wesselingh, Executive Director, SAHMRI;  Lindsey Gough, CEO, Women’s and Children’s Health Network; Prof. Maria Makrides, SAHMRI Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children Theme Leader and Prof. Ian Symonds, Dean, Adelaide Medical School. Link iconRead more.

Easter Bunny

Easter at the WCH

5 April 2018

On Sunday, 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 Hallie who didn't get to go home on this special holiday.


Reunited... Volunteer Guide Kyri and Medical Short Stay Ward patient Jax welcome Trevor, the toy dinosaur, back to the WCH.

Travelling Trevor back where he belongs

3 April 2018

A missing toy from the Women's and Children's Hospital has made a triumphant return home after a whirlwind tour of the state's newest hospital. Read more...

Falls Awareness Month 2018

April Falls Awareness Month

29 March 2018

Falls are one of the largest causes of harm in health care.

Preventing falls and harm from falls is a national safety and quality priority.

The issue of falls is just as important for pregnant women and children, as it is for older people.

SA Health's Falls Awareness Month runs from Sunday 1 April until Monday 30 April 2018.

To find out more visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/Falls.

Cultural Diversity Expo 2018

African drums herald successful cultural diversity expo at WCH

23 March 2018

High-energy African drumming was on the agenda for the Migrant, Refugee and New Arrivals Community Expo at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Staff, consumers and visitors had the opportunity to join in and show their rhythmic chops alongside one of the master drummers from local troupe African Soul. The expo, now in its second year, featured stalls and displays from many community organisations working in the multicultural space.

WCHN marks Close the Gap Day with release of two key reports

16 March 2018

To coincide with National Close the Gap Day (15 March 2018), the Women's and Children's Health Network has launched two important strategic documents, which will guide its approach to Aboriginal health and wellbeing over coming years.

The PDF iconAboriginal Health Plan 2018-2022 (5.3mb) is a blueprint for fundamental changes to policies, planning and practices, which will enable services to be more culturally responsive to the needs of Aboriginal babies, children, young people, women and their families.

The PDF iconAboriginal Workforce Strategy 2018-2022 (3.5mb) is a commitment to building a contemporary culture that provides a safe and culturally respectful workplace for Aboriginal employees where they can thrive and deliver their best.

Jason Cutler

Jason Cutler named semi-finalist in Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards

9 March 2018

Congratulations to Jason Cutler (pictured), Chair of the WCHN Youth Advisory Group, who has been named a semi-finalist in the “Service to the Community” category of the 2018 Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.

Jason was one of 12 young South Australians selected in this category from hundreds of nominations.

The awards recognise, encourage and reward the positive achievements of young South Australians up to and including 29 years of age.
Finalists will be announced on 15 March with the gala awards presentation to be held on 11 May.

Chronic Pain Service

SA Paediatric Chronic Pain Service launched

2 March 2018

The Women's and Children's Health Network has launched the South Australian Paediatric Chronic Pain Service, a specialist service for the early intervention and care of young people experiencing persistent severe pain. Chronic pain is increasingly recognised as a significant health problem for children and young people. It can arise from a number of conditions and cause significant suffering. The Chronic Pain Service brings together expertise from many different clinical disciplines under the auspices of the Allied Health, Complex, Sub-acute and Spiritual Care directorate.

The team will work together with young people and their families to develop a pain management plan and provide education and resources to help them actively participate in their own care. More details can be WCH page link iconfound here.

Adelaide West Special Education

Communicating in a non-verbal world

28 February 2018

Lorna Fenech, Principal, Adelaide West Special Education Centre, delivered a recent Grand Round at the Women's and Children's Hospital on the topic of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The Centre works in partnership with the Women's and Children's Health Network to help improve understanding about communication with children with disabilities. More details about the Centre are Link iconavailable here.

Superheroes visit

Batman and friends visit WCH

28 February 2018

For avid Batman fan, Bailey, 7, it was quadruple the excitement when he received a surprise visit recently from not only the Caped Crusader, but also fellow superheroes Iron Man, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman, who used their superpowers to cheer up sick kids at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

The gift of reading


The gift of reading

22 February 2018

Glenda Sherwin-Lane, Secretary of Rotary Adelaide West, visited the Women's and Children's Hospital recently to distribute copies of Mem Fox's classic book Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes to parents of newborns, including Rubiya, who gave birth to a baby boy. The annual program is part of Rotary's Books for Babies initiative. A total of 113 copies of the book were given to hospital consumers to mark Rotary's 113th anniversary.

Big thank you to our fireys

Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation President Greg Howard with a token of appreciation from the WCH Foundation and WCHN.

Big thank you to our fireys

16 February 2018

A special celebration was held recently at the WCH to thank the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation (APFF) for its support in the redevelopment of the Newland Ward Parents' Room.

Women's and Children's Health Network  Executive, Surgical Services, Faculties Planning and Management and Engineering staff joined firefighters and staff from the WCH Foundation to acknowledge the amazing contribution the APFF has made to the hospital over the years, particularly to our Burns unit.

The Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation supports prevention and recovery programs for firefighters and their families, as well as burns and road trauma survivors in South Australia.

School's in for Matt

School's in for Matt

5 February 2018

Being in hospital didn't keep 16-year-old Matt away from his studies. His recent two-week stint in the Women's and Children's Hospital coincided with the start of the school term 1, and Hospital School SA teacher Kelly Heptinstall was on hand to introduce him to the Year 10 curriculum.

Virtual reality technology trial

2 February 2018

The Women's and Children's Hospital is trialing virtual reality technology to help distract and comfort children while they undergo minor procedures.

The three-month project will see around 100 children in the Dialysis Unit. Funding for the trial has been provided by The Friends of the Women's & Children's Hospital through its Passion Projects scheme.

Healthy Focus Issue 32

Healthy Focus Summer 2017-18 edition

2 February 2018

The Summer 2017-18 edition of the Women's and Children's Health Network's Healthy Focus magazine is now available from our
WCH page link iconPublications page.

Shirley Heading

WCH Shops volunteer turns 90

31 January 2018

The Women's and Children's Health Network wishes Shirley Heading (pictured) a very happy 90th birthday (30 January 2018) and thanks her for her service to the Friends of WCH Inc. over many years, first in the regional auxiliaries and for the past 14 years as a volunteer in the Rainbows cafe at the WCH.

These days, Shirley still does two shifts a week at Rainbows, buttering rolls, pricing cakes and making boxes.

She thoroughly recommends volunteering as a way of being part of a caring community.

"And I like to be independent – you’ve got to try to keep yourself active and I do what I can," Shirley said.

Queen's Baton Relay

Queen's Baton Relay makes special visit to WCH

19 January 2018

In the lead-up to the XXI (21st ) Commonwealth Games, being held on the Gold Coast in April, the Queen's Baton Relay made a very special visit to the Women's and Children's Hospital with the support of the Starlight Children's Foundation. Young patients, including 11-year-old Levi (pictured with dad Michael and the Starlight Captains) had the opportunity to hold the baton, which has travelled from Buckingham Palace in London, across the world, stopping at each of the Commonwealth nations and territories on its way to the opening ceremony of the Games on 4 April.

Jean's 90th

Volunteer Jean marks a milestone

11 January 2018

Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) staff recently celebrated the 90th birthday of one of our volunteers. Jean has been volunteering at the WCH for the past 13 years, assisting with administrative tasks and compiling information for various departments. Thank you for your service over the years, Jean. Happy 90th Birthday and many happy returns!

Operation Ouch

Operation Ouch! Visits WCH

3 January 2018

It was twice the medical mayhem and double the fun when the twin doctors from the hit TV series Operation Ouch! went on ‘rounds’ at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital recently. During their visit, Doctors Chris and Xand met with staff, parents and patients, including Erin (pictured).

WCH Santa visit 2017

Santa makes an early visit to WCH

22 December 2017

Being stuck in bed wasn't going to stop Angus, 6, from enjoying the Christmas festivities at the Women's and Children's Hospital today when Santa and Mrs Claus made a special early visit to hand out presents.


Retinoblastoma patients share their experiences

22 December 2017

North Adelaide footballer Keenan Ramsey (pictured) who lost an eye to Retinoblastoma as a child was one of many who attended a Christmas party yesterday for children who have had treatment for Retinoblastoma (eye cancer) at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

The party brought together families touched by this rare disease so they can share their experiences, provide support and raise awareness.

Keenan who went on to play AFL at the highest level for the Crows met 12 year old Isaiah (pictured) who lost both eyes to the disease.

Carols by Starlight 2017

Carols by Starlight at the hospital

15 December 2017

Emma, 5 (pictured)  was one of the many Women's and Children's Hospital patients who were able to spend some time away from the wards and join in the fun and festivities at Carols by Starlight, held in the Women's and Children's Hospital Starlight Express Room today.

The event is a collaboration between the hospital play therapists, Hospital School, WCH Foundation and Starlight Children's Foundation.

It was streamed live to those children who could not leave their wards.

BloodSafe eLearning - 10 Years

BloodSafe eLearning Australia celebrates 10 years

13 December 2017

BloodSafe eLearning Australia, an acclaimed nationwide online learning program, born in South Australian hospitals, celebrates 10 years of operation this month.

The program aims to improve blood management and patient safety when performing blood transfusions.

Since its inception at the Women's and Children's Hospital in 2007, more than 900,000 courses have been completed, free of charge by more than 450,000 doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals across Australia. Free access at www.bloodsafelearning.org.au

Starlight Christmas Party 2017

Starlight Christmas Party

11 December 2017

Starlight hosted its annual Children's Christmas Party at the Women's and Children's Hospital today, where seriously ill children and their families enjoyed an afternoon of festive fun with Captain Starlight and Starlight friend Rachael Leahcar.

Police-Link Christmas Party 2017

Police Link brings Christmas joy to the hospital

8 December 2017

Eight-year-old Chase's stay in hospital was made a little cheerier today as Santa and his helpers made an early visit for the annual Women's and Children's Hospital Police Link Christmas party.

Kids and adults alike joined in the Christmas spirit on the hospital's Play Deck and in Santa's magic cave.

International Volunteer Day 2017

Recognising our wonderful volunteers

5 December 2017

Today is International Volunteer Day. This is an opportunity for the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) to celebrate the amazing contribution volunteers make to our organisation.

WCHN volunteers, including Abigail and Thea (pictured), exemplify the spirit of generosity, contributing around 25,000 hours per year in more than 50 units, areas and community sites.

Happy International Volunteer Day!

Premature Babies Christmas Party 2017

Christmas cheer for premature babies

1 December 2017

Santa made a special, early visit to the Women's and Children's Hospital to spread Christmas cheer and deliver presents to children, including two year old Harper (pictured), as part of the annual Premature Babies Christmas Party.

The party celebrates the lives of those children born between 23 and 29 weeks into pregnancy.

White Ribbon March 2017

Staff get behind White Ribbon March

27 November 2017

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

Digital Media team

2017 SA Health Awards

27 November 2017

Congratulations to our Centre for Education's Digital Media team (pictured) on its well-deserved win at the SA Health Awards.

The team’s Translating the National Safety and Quality Health Standards into Practice using Online Learning entry was recognised in the Improving Safety and Quality category.

The development and delivery of 22 online courses has improved the efficiency and access to quality learning for all SA Health staff.

For information on other WCHN finalists visit the SA Health website.

Naomi Dwyer

Farewell to CEO, Naomi Dwyer

24 November 2017

Today we farewelled our passionate and talented CEO, Naomi Dwyer.

Over the past three and a half years, Naomi has been a relentless advocate for WCHN and is recognised as a champion of consumer engagement, an advocate for those who are vulnerable and for her leadership in embedding education, research and translation as a pillar of high quality care within WCHN.

Naomi is leaving to take up the role of Chief Executive of Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. We wish her all the very best in her new role.

Lisa Lynch will be acting CEO whilst the final appointment to the role is completed.

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.

2017 Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant comes to the hospital

18 November 2017

Children at the Women's and Children's Hospital had a special visit from Credit Union Christmas Pageant characters today.

The characters dropped by after the pageant to say hi to those children who couldn't attend the main parade, including Mignon Minnaar-Nel (pictured).


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.


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: WCH page link iconPerson and Family Centred Care Passion Projects.

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.

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