Grant Funding

The WCH Foundation works closely with the staff of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network to fund their innovative ideas through grant rounds.

Upwards of $150,000 worth of grants are awarded each March and September to projects that align with the mission of the WCH Foundation.

These grants encourage WCHN staff to consider improvements to their areas, helping them to continue providing the most brilliant care to families.

Applications for our September 2021 Grant Round have now CLOSED! For all enquiries, please contact the Foundation.

September 2021 grant recipients

Corporate Services/Telehealth

  • $47,492 – For the purchase of 10x Smiley Scopes for use within the WCH.


Allied Health

  • $42,000 – To develop the EATeRS program (Email And Text Reminder System) to assist children with food allergy. This project will assess whether active follow-up using electronic messaging improves the rate of allergen consumption at home after successful food challenge in hospital.


Gender Diversity Service (Division of Paed Medicine, CAMHS, Allied Health)

  • $25,000 – For the expansion of Chest Binding Service for gender diverse patients.


Surgical Services – Burns

  • $18,150 – For the creation and broadcast of a burns first aid and campfire safety education campaign, targeted towards Aboriginal populations.


CaFHS (Statewide)

  • $18,000 – To update the Vision Screening equipment for CaFHS sites across SA (122 screening toolkits).


Haematology and Oncology

  • $13,000 – For the development of a Vulnerable Patient Transport Assistance Program to assist patients requiring frequent visits to the WCH for transfusions and medications who are at risk of non-attendance, and therefore detrimental health outcomes.


Allied Health, Complex, Sub-Acute and Spiritual Care

  • $10,000 – For the purchase of components and spare parts to complete the collection of specialised equipment available for use by families with children with disabilities, and subsequent staff education to ensure appropriate use.


Allied Health, Complex, Sub-Acute and Spiritual Care

  • $10,000 – For the redesign of the Michael Rice Cancer Centre Adolescent Room to optimise opportunity for physical activity, music and play for patients receiving oncology treatment.


Women’s and Babies Division

  • $5,709 – For the implementation of NICU Baby Books for all babies born premature (less than 32 weeks gestation) and babies receiving end of life care


CaFHS/Aboriginal Strategic Operations

  • $5,000 – For the purchase of culturally appropriate books and resources, and to develop CaFHS specific literature which will be translated into different language groups, as required.


Women’s and Babies Division

  • $8,200 – To enhance the healing environment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by improving access to safe and meaningful sound experiences for preterm/medically fragile infants, and their families.

The impact of our grants

The WCH Foundation is proud to have supported the Mind in Labour, Mind in Life antenatal childbirth education program through our Grants Program. Pregnant women and their partners or support persons are taught a skill based, non-medication approach to support emotional resilience during pregnancy and beyond.

Participants report improved self-efficacy and satisfaction with the birthing experience and transition to parenting.

Participants of the Mind in Labour, Mind in Life program

Participants of the Mind in Labour, Mind in Life program