The AWCH Hospital Ward Grandparent Scheme was established in 1987. Now over 25 years on, AWCH has sought formal feedback as to the success of the Scheme.
Parents, ward grandparents, and health professionals that have come in contact with the Scheme were asked to provide feedback on the Scheme.
In 2004, following a survey of 197 Australian hospitals, the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare identified Emergency Departments (EDs) as an area within hospitals that needed to be made more child and youth friendly, especially in general hospitals.
AWCH, in partnership with a general hospital conducted a project in an ED which sought to evaluate both staff and visitors’ perceptions of the ED to establish its strengths, weakness and the ways in which it could be improved.
In 1992, AWCH conducted a national survey on the psychosocial care of children and their families in hospital. The survey was repeated in 2004, in partnership with the University of Western Sydney (UWS), using the same research instrument (a questionnaire).
The AWCH 2005 National Survey Report on the Psychosocial Care of Children and Their Families in Hospital outlines the facilities and services currently operating in Australian hospitals that have significance for the quality of care for children, young people and their families.
This report follows a nation-wide survey of hospitals offering paediatric facilities, conducted by the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital between October 1990 and March 1991. The focus of the survey was the various aspects of psychosocial care of hospitalised children.