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 gift of $20 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer.

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

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 $20 gift will keep the pantry stocked with non-perishable food items to make holiday planning a breeze for our families.

Your $50 gift will bring our Beach House to life by providing comfortable and welcoming surroundings for our families to enjoy.

Your $75 gift will bring fun and laughter to the whole family as you build and maintain an assortment of activities for children (big and small!) to enjoy.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your gift will give families a much needed break from the never ending rounds of hospital and doctor visits and instead, focus on making special memories that will last a lifetime.

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

Your gift of $2,500 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your gift of $5,000 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

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 generous support will help make the Beach House project at Encounter Lakes, Victor Harbor, a reality.

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

Your support of $20 will provide families like Hannah’s with access to exceptional care, treatment and services.

Your contribution of $30 will help your Hospital to continue to deliver first class care and services to children like Hannah and their families.

Your donation of $50 will help to fund vital hospital equipment, services and research that helps children like Hannah to have the best chance at recovery.

Your support of $25 will provide families like Hannah’s with access to exceptional care, treatment and services.

Your contribution of $50 will help your Hospital to continue to deliver first class care and services to children like Hannah and their families.

Your donation of $75 will help to fund vital hospital equipment, services and research that helps children like Hannah to have the best chance at recovery.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your support will make the difference to physical and occupational therapy programs that get children like Hannah home sooner.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Every dollar makes a difference to helping your hospital and supporting children and their families when they need it most.

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