History and Achievements
The Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare, AWCH (formerly the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital) was established on 15 February 1973 as a voluntary organisation. It consisted of both professional and non-professional people who were interested in promoting the non-medical needs of children and their families in hospital and health care.
Over the years AWCH has been the voice for children and their families in the health care system. Being a non-government organisation, we are able to bring consumer pressure to make changes in the psychosocial care of children in hospitals. AWCH has been instrumental in the introduction of:
- increased and flexible visiting hours for parents/carers and siblings of hospitalised children and adolescents
- parents staying with their child during hospitalisation with appropriate facilities
- recognition of the importance of play/education for a child/young person's preparation and recovery while in hospital
- increased parental involvement in all aspects of a child's hospital care.
Learn more about our history and some of the key moments and individuals who have been part of our organisation in the Brief History of AWCH.
2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of The Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH). From its humble beginnings, AWCH is now a well-respected and recognised organisation promoting the emotional and social needs of children and young people in the health care system.
We have compiled a collection of reminiscences from people who were involved in AWCH in the early days as well as members past and present. Their recollections highlight the struggles and achievements of determined parents and health professionals in bringing about change to the healthcare of children and young people.
Also created to mark this special occasion is a Tribute Book to honour the work of AWCH pioneers. Their tireless effort in promoting the emotional and social needs of children in hospital was fundamental in raising awareness and enabled the world of children and young people in healthcare to be changed for the better.
The book highlights our accomplishments over 40 years.