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New medical day unit unveiled

26 September 2018

Nearly 100 families with chronically ill children are set to benefit from the redeveloped Medical Day Unit and Renal Dialysis Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The redeveloped unit has capacity for up to 18 treatment spaces that will see children with life-long or chronic conditions and also provide services including dialysis, allergy tests and intravenous infusions.

Ninety-eight families regularly use the space and almost 2,000 children were treated last financial year. That number is expected to grow with the addition of new treatment spaces. PDF iconRead more

Medication Safety Week – Know Your Allergies

20 August 2018

Medication Safety Week will be held from 20 to 26 August 2018, to coincide with Link iconNPS Be Medicinewise Week.

This year we are encouraging you to be Medicinewise and know your allergies.

Know your medication allergies.

  • What is the medication that you are allergic to?
  • When did the reaction happen?
  • How did you react to the medication (e.g. rash, swelling, nausea)?

Discuss with your doctor, nurse and pharmacist.

  • Your doctor should always ask you about your allergies before prescribing a medicine.
  • Your pharmacist should always ask you about your allergies when checking the prescription or taking your medication history.
  • Your nurse or midwife should always ask about your allergies before giving a medicine.

If you are not asked about your allergies or you have any questions, always speak up.
Make sure your family and friends are aware of your allergies.

Queen Victoria Operating Suites engineering works

5 June 2018

As part of an internal audit of the Queen Victoria Operating Suite, last week we were made aware of issues in relation to air conditioning systems in two theatres within this area.

As a result, on Monday of this week engineering works took place in both theatres to install two new variable speed drives in the air handling units. This work has resolved the issues identified in both theatres, with one theatre being recommissioned this morning and the second theatre will be become operational from tomorrow morning.

Engineering will continue to monitor the theatres to ensure air pressure and air exchanges remain at an appropriate level. WCHN Executive will continue to review the monitoring of maintenance.

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Celebrating our volunteers

25 May 2018

We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

Volunteers play an integral role in delivering person and family centred care and are considered a critical part of our organisation.

They contribute almost 50,000 hours of service to the WCHN, equating to  a value of more than $2 million.  To find out more visit http://wch.sa.gov.au/support/volunteer

Volunteers Day

National Volunteer Week

22 May 2018

Women’s and Children’s Health Network volunteers were among those who proudly flew the flag during a special march through Adelaide’s CBD to mark the start of 2018 National Volunteer Week. The march is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week celebration is “Give a little. Change a lot”.

Our volunteers exemplify the spirit of generosity. They contribute in many different ways throughout the hospital and at our community sites.

They are a critical support to our paid workforce and an integral part of our WCHN family.

We are fortunate to have more than 200 volunteers who contribute their time, skills and lived experience, enhancing the services we can deliver to women, babies, children and young people.

A big thank you to all our WCHN volunteers.

Hand Hygeine Day 2018

It's in your hands

4 May 2018

In recognition of Hand Hygiene Day (5 May), Musa from the Women's and Children's Hospital Kids Klub joined nurse Leah to conduct a hand hygiene audit and education session. Musa confirmed that the nurses and doctors had 'super clean hands'.

Hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of infection and it is important that we all take hand hygiene seriously. For everyday tips, Link iconclick here.

Celebrating Starlight Day

4 May 2018

Today the Women's and Children's Hospital celebrated Starlight Day in the Starlight Express Room, with Captain Starlight organising a special day for seriously ill children and their families. Three year old Evan, along with Aboriginal Artist Cedric Varcoe, Captain Bubbles, his mum Ailsa and Captain Action joined in the activities and fun.

Star Wars Day 2018

Star Wars characters visit WCH

4 May 2018

Today the children at the Women's and Children's Hospital celebrated Star Wars Day with a visit from Star Wars characters. Rey (sometimes known as Dayton, 3) had a visit from a fellow Jedi Knight and a Tie Fighter Pilot. May the fourth be with you!

Premier Steven Marshall, flanked by WCHN CEO Lindsey Gough, at the announcment regarding membership of a new high-level task force to drive the planning for a new WCH to be built alongside the RAH.

New WCH Task Force announced

18 April 2018

The South Australian Government has established a high-level taskforce to drive the co-location of a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

Jim Birch, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the SA Health Department has been appointed to lead the task force, which will guide the planning for a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital to be co-located with the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Read More ...

Premier Steven Marshall is given a tour of the Medical Day Unit construction site at the WCH.

Artist's impression of what the new Medical Day Unit will look like.

WCH Medical Day Unit redevelopment under way

18 April 2018

The SA Government has committed to sustaining the current WCH site, with the redevelopment of the hospital’s Medical Day Unit (MDU) for children with chronic illnesses. The unit will have 18 treatment spaces, two procedure rooms, improved patient consulting spaces and clinical support spaces, including a dedicated reception area. Work on the project is expected to be completed during 2018.

Premier Steven Marshall and Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade recently visited the  hospital to tour the construction site for the redeveloped Medical Day Unit.

Kids have their say during SA Youth Week

18 April 2018

To mark SA Youth Week, members of the Women's and Children's Health Network's Youth Advisory Group and Kids Klub hosted a Grand Round seminar at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital  to talk about the importance of young people's voices in providing safe, quality health care.

Young people want health care workers to T.U.N.E into their needs. Find out more WCH page link iconhere.

‘Ask me to explain’ campaign

16 April 2018

Today, the Paediatric Emergency Department at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital launched its ‘Ask me to explain’ campaign, which actively encourages families to ask questions about their child’s care, and empowers them at a time when they may be feeling anxious and vulnerable.  To find out more, click here Link icon 

$2.5 million Centre of Research Excellence
launched at WCH

12 April 2018

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) will help guide the nation in improving the nutrition of mothers and babies, with the launch of the $2.5 million Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Targeted Nutrition to Improve Maternal and Child Health Outcomes.

The CRE, based at the WCH, is an important partnership between the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the University of Adelaide, SA Health and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Pictured at the launch are Prof. Steve Wesselingh, Executive Director, SAHMRI;  Lindsey Gough, CEO, Women’s and Children’s Health Network; Prof. Maria Makrides, SAHMRI Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children Theme Leader and Prof. Ian Symonds, Dean, Adelaide Medical School. Link iconRead more.

Easter Bunny

Easter at the WCH

5 April 2018

On Sunday, the Easter Bunny visited families at the Women's and Children's Hospital to give out chocolate eggs and bring some Easter cheer to children like Hallie who didn't get to go home on this special holiday.


Reunited... Volunteer Guide Kyri and Medical Short Stay Ward patient Jax welcome Trevor, the toy dinosaur, back to the WCH.

Travelling Trevor back where he belongs

3 April 2018

A missing toy from the Women's and Children's Hospital has made a triumphant return home after a whirlwind tour of the state's newest hospital. Read more...

Falls Awareness Month 2018

April Falls Awareness Month

29 March 2018

Falls are one of the largest causes of harm in health care.

Preventing falls and harm from falls is a national safety and quality priority.

The issue of falls is just as important for pregnant women and children, as it is for older people.

SA Health's Falls Awareness Month runs from Sunday 1 April until Monday 30 April 2018.

To find out more visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/Falls.

Cultural Diversity Expo 2018

African drums herald successful cultural diversity expo at WCH

23 March 2018

High-energy African drumming was on the agenda for the Migrant, Refugee and New Arrivals Community Expo at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Staff, consumers and visitors had the opportunity to join in and show their rhythmic chops alongside one of the master drummers from local troupe African Soul. The expo, now in its second year, featured stalls and displays from many community organisations working in the multicultural space.

WCHN marks Close the Gap Day with release of two key reports

16 March 2018

To coincide with National Close the Gap Day (15 March 2018), the Women's and Children's Health Network has launched two important strategic documents, which will guide its approach to Aboriginal health and wellbeing over coming years.

The PDF iconAboriginal Health Plan 2018-2022 (5.3mb) is a blueprint for fundamental changes to policies, planning and practices, which will enable services to be more culturally responsive to the needs of Aboriginal babies, children, young people, women and their families.

The PDF iconAboriginal Workforce Strategy 2018-2022 (3.5mb) is a commitment to building a contemporary culture that provides a safe and culturally respectful workplace for Aboriginal employees where they can thrive and deliver their best.

Jason Cutler

Jason Cutler named semi-finalist in Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards

9 March 2018

Congratulations to Jason Cutler (pictured), Chair of the WCHN Youth Advisory Group, who has been named a semi-finalist in the “Service to the Community” category of the 2018 Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.

Jason was one of 12 young South Australians selected in this category from hundreds of nominations.

The awards recognise, encourage and reward the positive achievements of young South Australians up to and including 29 years of age.
Finalists will be announced on 15 March with the gala awards presentation to be held on 11 May.

Chronic Pain Service

SA Paediatric Chronic Pain Service launched

2 March 2018

The Women's and Children's Health Network has launched the South Australian Paediatric Chronic Pain Service, a specialist service for the early intervention and care of young people experiencing persistent severe pain. Chronic pain is increasingly recognised as a significant health problem for children and young people. It can arise from a number of conditions and cause significant suffering. The Chronic Pain Service brings together expertise from many different clinical disciplines under the auspices of the Allied Health, Complex, Sub-acute and Spiritual Care directorate.

The team will work together with young people and their families to develop a pain management plan and provide education and resources to help them actively participate in their own care. More details can be WCH page link iconfound here.

Adelaide West Special Education

Communicating in a non-verbal world

28 February 2018

Lorna Fenech, Principal, Adelaide West Special Education Centre, delivered a recent Grand Round at the Women's and Children's Hospital on the topic of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The Centre works in partnership with the Women's and Children's Health Network to help improve understanding about communication with children with disabilities. More details about the Centre are Link iconavailable here.

Superheroes visit

Batman and friends visit WCH

28 February 2018

For avid Batman fan, Bailey, 7, it was quadruple the excitement when he received a surprise visit recently from not only the Caped Crusader, but also fellow superheroes Iron Man, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman, who used their superpowers to cheer up sick kids at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

The gift of reading


The gift of reading

22 February 2018

Glenda Sherwin-Lane, Secretary of Rotary Adelaide West, visited the Women's and Children's Hospital recently to distribute copies of Mem Fox's classic book Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes to parents of newborns, including Rubiya, who gave birth to a baby boy. The annual program is part of Rotary's Books for Babies initiative. A total of 113 copies of the book were given to hospital consumers to mark Rotary's 113th anniversary.

Big thank you to our fireys

Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation President Greg Howard with a token of appreciation from the WCH Foundation and WCHN.

Big thank you to our fireys

16 February 2018

A special celebration was held recently at the WCH to thank the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation (APFF) for its support in the redevelopment of the Newland Ward Parents' Room.

Women's and Children's Health Network  Executive, Surgical Services, Faculties Planning and Management and Engineering staff joined firefighters and staff from the WCH Foundation to acknowledge the amazing contribution the APFF has made to the hospital over the years, particularly to our Burns unit.

The Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation supports prevention and recovery programs for firefighters and their families, as well as burns and road trauma survivors in South Australia.

School's in for Matt

School's in for Matt

5 February 2018

Being in hospital didn't keep 16-year-old Matt away from his studies. His recent two-week stint in the Women's and Children's Hospital coincided with the start of the school term 1, and Hospital School SA teacher Kelly Heptinstall was on hand to introduce him to the Year 10 curriculum.

Virtual reality technology trial

2 February 2018

The Women's and Children's Hospital is trialing virtual reality technology to help distract and comfort children while they undergo minor procedures.

The three-month project will see around 100 children in the Dialysis Unit. Funding for the trial has been provided by The Friends of the Women's & Children's Hospital through its Passion Projects scheme.

Healthy Focus Issue 32

Healthy Focus Summer 2017-18 edition

2 February 2018

The Summer 2017-18 edition of the Women's and Children's Health Network's Healthy Focus magazine is now available from our
WCH page link iconPublications page.

Shirley Heading

WCH Shops volunteer turns 90

31 January 2018

The Women's and Children's Health Network wishes Shirley Heading (pictured) a very happy 90th birthday (30 January 2018) and thanks her for her service to the Friends of WCH Inc. over many years, first in the regional auxiliaries and for the past 14 years as a volunteer in the Rainbows cafe at the WCH.

These days, Shirley still does two shifts a week at Rainbows, buttering rolls, pricing cakes and making boxes.

She thoroughly recommends volunteering as a way of being part of a caring community.

"And I like to be independent – you’ve got to try to keep yourself active and I do what I can," Shirley said.

Queen's Baton Relay

Queen's Baton Relay makes special visit to WCH

19 January 2018

In the lead-up to the XXI (21st ) Commonwealth Games, being held on the Gold Coast in April, the Queen's Baton Relay made a very special visit to the Women's and Children's Hospital with the support of the Starlight Children's Foundation. Young patients, including 11-year-old Levi (pictured with dad Michael and the Starlight Captains) had the opportunity to hold the baton, which has travelled from Buckingham Palace in London, across the world, stopping at each of the Commonwealth nations and territories on its way to the opening ceremony of the Games on 4 April.

Jean's 90th

Volunteer Jean marks a milestone

11 January 2018

Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) staff recently celebrated the 90th birthday of one of our volunteers. Jean has been volunteering at the WCH for the past 13 years, assisting with administrative tasks and compiling information for various departments. Thank you for your service over the years, Jean. Happy 90th Birthday and many happy returns!

Operation Ouch

Operation Ouch! Visits WCH

3 January 2018

It was twice the medical mayhem and double the fun when the twin doctors from the hit TV series Operation Ouch! went on ‘rounds’ at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital recently. During their visit, Doctors Chris and Xand met with staff, parents and patients, including Erin (pictured).

WCH page link icon2017 News

last modified: 01 Mar 2019