2017 News – Archive

2017 News

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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