2011 News

22 November 2011

 awch-workshopAWCH attended the Youth Health2011 – It’s Totally Important Conference in November in Sydney. The conference ran over 3 days and was a wonderful mix of professionals and young people coming together to discuss youth health.

AWCH jointly hosted a pre-conference workshop which had a morning session discussing the rights of young people in healthcare and the standards required to protect those rights followed in the afternoon with presentations and discussion about training and workforce development in adolescent healthcare.

Click on the report to read about the workshop, go to www.youthhealth2011.com.au and follow the tweets or check out the program at www.youthhealth2011.com.au/program/conference-program/


04 October 2011


AWCH organised an event to promote Mental Health Month by taking our Hospital Ward Grandparent volunteers and office volunteers on a Fish 'n' Ships tour.

The event showcased the importance of volunteering and its benefits to support and enhance a person’s wellbeing.



31 August 2011
A new resource has been added to our Parents and Carers and Health Professionals page:-
Physical as anything.com - a web based resource that provides information and help for teachers and schools, parents and carers, and healthcare professionals for school-aged children with medical, developmental and psychological conditions.

10 August 2011
AWCH is now blogging! - www.awchblog.blogspot.com Read our latest post about the AWCH Hospital Ward Grandparent Scheme. Watch our Hospital Ward Grandparent Scheme video!!

30 June 2011
ChilOut Launches Detention Report ~
' No Place For Children: Detention on Christmas Island'

Children in detention pledge on track, says Bowen; but still there are over 320 children left in immigration detention.

14 June 2011
What’s it like for children and their families waiting in an Emergency Department waiting room?

emergency departments

Read about a project undertaken by AWCH to better understand the needs of children and their families waiting for long periods of time in this kind of setting.



01 June 2011

AWCH celebrates National Volunteer Week



31 May 2011
World No Tobacco Day
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control - the world's foremost tobacco control instrument.

ASH Australia Media Release Multipartisan support for plain tobacco packs a breath of fresh air – especially for children.

25 May 2011

World’s first plain tobacco pack law will save lives and end marketing of diseases in glossy boxes.

ASH Australia and 41 organisations have welcomed the world’s first proposed law mandating plain packaging of tobacco as a lifesaving policy and an end to marketing of tobacco diseases in glossy boxes.



23 May 2011

Help FAHCSIA promote the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 through your online channels.

Contact nationaldisabiltyst@fahcsia.gov.au to indicate your support.




19 May 2011
This Is Not A Kid-Friendly Policy
Just how many kids are still locked up? The clock is ticking on Chris Bowen's commitment to get kids out of immigration detention by June.
By Newmatilda.com

Detention statistics - Australia's littlest prisoners
Statistics as of 15 April 2011 from DIAC - There were 1048 children (aged under 18 years) in immigration detention: 156 were detained in the community under residence determinations, 742 were in alternative temporary detention, 24 were in immigration residential housing and 126 were in immigration transit accommodation. 658 of those children are detained on Christmas Island.

07 March 2011
AWCH is urging you to join the GetUp campaign to end the shameful practice of keeping refugee children in detention. Take action and contact the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen MP and call for an end to this policy.

Read the letter AWCH wrote asking the government to release children from detention centres.

01 March 2011
The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) are very keen for everyone to support the development of a national plan for rare diseases – please complete the brief survey on their website www.apsu.org.au . It will only take 2 minutes to show your support.

28 February 2011

rare-disease-dayAWCH attended the World Rare Disease Day event at Sydney Opera House, convened by the Steve Waugh Foundation.

World Rare Disease Day is a global event held annually on the last day of February.

Its main objective is to raise awareness of rare diseases and their impact on not only the kids living with them and their families, but also on the wider community as a whole.

03 February 2011
ConnectGroups is seeking expressions of interest from Self Help & Support Groups who would like to exhibit their art (ie. photographs, paintings, posters and poetry) as part of the 2011 National Self Help & Support Groups Awareness Day the 8 of September 2011.

If you or your group is interested in participating in this wonderful experience please email ivi@connectgroups.org.au
by 28th February.

25 January 2011
Launch of Charter on the Rights of Children and Young People in Healthcare Services in Australia

The Charter on the Rights of Children and Young People in Healthcare Services in Australia, is a joint project of CHA and the Association for the Well-being of Children in Healthcare (AWCH).

A copy of the Australian version of the Charter is available on the CHA website.