Our History – Celebrating Arts in Health

Inspired by a shared intent to improve the look and feel of the hospital environment of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH), the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation (WCH Foundation) and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCH Network) partnered to establish an Arts in Health (AIH) Program in August 2008.

The aim of introducing an Arts in Health program into the hospital was to integrate arts into the life of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Today, the program consists of integrated areas which deliver a range of activities throughout the hospital, including:

  • Visual arts, design and digital media
  • Music and performing arts
  • Public art and integrated design
  • Literature
  • Play Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Therapeutic arts (art, dance and music).

In January 2010, our Foundation opened the first exhibition in the newly created Blue Heart Gallery (Ground Floor, Zone A, near Allied Health and Hospital School), and through the generous support of our donors we now have five gallery space spread across the hospital.  The WCH Foundation’s Gallery program provides an environment away from the stresses of treatment to distract, entertain and inspire all who pass by. The artworks displayed in the exhibition spaces come from a range of sources – internally from hospital staff, patients (women & children) and their families, through specific Arts in Health activities and externally from local artists and art collectives.

The Hon John Hill MP Minister for Health and Minister Assisting the Premier in the Arts officially launched the Arts in Health Program on 28 January 2010. Next year as we celebrate 10 years of this program, we will delve deeper into the impact each of these programs has had on children, their families and the hospital community.

To celebrate the hospital’s 140-year milestone we are currently running an exhibition on the History of Fundraising in the Yellow Heart Gallery (Level 1, Zone F – past the QV Lecture Theatre). For more information about our exhibitions and other programs within Arts in Health, click here.

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Your gift of $5 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your gift of $10 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your monthly donation of $20 could assist in delivering our play therapy sessions, bringing smiles and reducing anxiety during a child’s stay in hospital.

Your gift of $25 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your monthly donation of $30 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your monthly donation of $50 could help to invest in the latest medical research, helping to find cures and invest in our future.

Your gift of $50 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your gift of $75 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer.

Your gift of $39 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children's days while in hospital ($468 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $49 could help purchase at-home equipment for children recovering at home, meaning more time with their family ($588 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $69 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care ($828 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $99 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer ($1,188 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $20 fills families like Dimi’s with hope and confidence when they need it most.

Your gift of $30 helps to deliver outstanding care to children like Dimi and their families.

Your gift of $50 could fund vital hospital equipment, services and research providing children like Dimi the best chance at recovery.

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Your gift of $1,000 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

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You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your gift will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your donation will contribute to ensuring the WCH Foundation can fund families’ stays well into the future making the Beach House a sanctuary for years to come.

Your generous support will help us search for a cure for Paediatric Cancer.

Your donation of $25 will help fund family stays now and well into the future, ensuring the Beach House is a sanctuary for years to come.

Your donation of $50 will help fund family stays now and well into the future, ensuring the Beach House is a sanctuary for years to come.

Your donation of $75 will help fund family stays now and well into the future, ensuring the Beach House is a sanctuary for years to come.

Your gift of $25 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to create an interactive and bright environment making patients feel more at home.

Your gift of $50 helps to deliver outstanding care to children giving them the best chance to get home sooner.

Your gift of $75 funds vital research providing children the best chance at recovery.

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Your donation of $0 will help fund family stays now and well into the future, ensuring the Beach House is a sanctuary for years to come.

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