Supporting Children and Families
We deliver programs and invest in initiatives that support the health and wellbeing of women, children, and their families under the care of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and its associated Health Network.
Working in collaboration with the Hospital’s social work team, we deliver immediate support to families in need through our Family Support Programs. These Programs assist families with the costs related to a child’s hospitalisation or ill-health such as emergency transport, accommodation, groceries, utility bills and maintenance of medical equipment to use at home.
We also support the provision of life-changing services to patients and families. From ensuring new parents feel heard and supported to providing teens with coping strategies to manage chronic pain, the programs and initiatives we fund support brilliant care across the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.
Free transport for patients with sickle cell disease
The WCH Foundation is providing free transport to patients with sickle cell disease at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) to support them in making it to their regular appointments.
The WCH Haematology/Oncology Unit cares for approximately 40 patients per year with sickle cell disease, with patient numbers on the rise.
Milestone moments for the tiniest babies
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network NICU admits approximately 150 babies a year born at less than 32 weeks gestation.
We have provided funding for the creation of NICU baby books that are customisable and specific to these families. The idea, brought to the WCH Foundation by NICU nurses Natasha Woodall and Robynn Lindner, recognises that milestones for a NICU baby can look very different.
Knitting for teen wellbeing
Inpatients in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Program are getting crafty to help with their treatment and improve their wellbeing.
For patients with eating disorders, undergoing treatment can cause high levels of mental health distress. During their hospital admission, they are supervised to eat and are monitored for an hour after meals.
Music Therapy expansion at WCH
The WCH Foundation is excited to be growing the Music Therapy service to assist more patients and families under the care of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH)!
In the past 18 months, we’ve undertaken a Music Therapy Project through our Arts in Health program. The aim of this pilot initiative was to expand Music Therapy at the WCH into a hospital-wide service.
Out of Home Care
The Out of Home Care Clinic provides health assessments and reviews for children and young people under the Guardianship of the Chief Executive Officer of the Department for Child Protection. The clinic has relocated to a quieter spot in the Hospital, and we helped create a more welcoming and calming space at this new location with the purchase of much-needed furniture, toys, books, iPads, and sensory aids.
Having a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) can feel isolating and scary. We’ve funded a project that recognises the importance of Parent and Family-Centred Care (PFCC) to develop and improve family connections and resilience during these stays and to facilitate a confident transition home.
Chronic Pain Management
We’ve helped fund the Comfort Ability Program – a one-day workshop run a few times each year to help young people and their parents manage chronic pain and build comfort skills. It focuses on strategies for improving function, sleep, school attendance and overall mental health and wellbeing.