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December 2012

The Department of Health and Ageing has engaged Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd to conduct the Paediatric Pharmaceuticals Prescribing Resource Project. The project involves the development of evidence-based paediatric dosing information, in the form of a paedatric dosing resource containing the most commonly used medicines in Australia for children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. Please promote this project by circulating the Fact Sheet to your networks or organisation. You may wish to consider reproducing the fact sheet in your member newsletters or affiliated publications.

October 2012

The Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the AWCH Hospital Ward Grandparent Scheme.Our Patron, the Governor-General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO hosted an afternoon tea at Admiralty House, Kirribilli on 10 October 2012. The afternoon tea was enjoyed by ward grandparent volunteers and staff from all the NSW hospitals that have the Scheme. Read all about it here.

May 2012

Parent to Parent NZ is looking for contacts to connect families who have a child with a disability, health impairment or special need.

See if you can help - click here to view the current list of contacts they are looking for.

16 April 2012

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia is currently conducting a project on Quality Use of Medicines among Young People.

Part of this project involves an online survey of individuals 17 years old or younger (focussing on young people aged 10 17 years of age) with the aim of gathering information about their attitudes and behaviours regarding medicines and medicine use.

To participate visit:

29 February 2011

 AWCH attended an event in Sydney’s Martin Place on February 29th that marks World Rare Disease Day 2012.

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 and follow the tweets or check out the program at

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.


22 September 2011
Mysterious genetic disorder warning
Reported on Channel Ten News Sydney - Parents and GPs are being urged to be aware of a mysterious genetic disorder that's as common as Down's Syndrome.

07 September 2011

National Child Protection Week - 04 - 11 September 2011 - NAPCAN announces PLAY YOUR PART website

On the eve of National Child Protection Week, NAPCAN provided a sneak preview of some of the resources that will be launching officially on Monday12 September 2011.

The Play Your Part website and YouTube channel have just gone live in readiness for the launch. Click on the map below and see what the rest of Australia will wake up to on Monday morning. Feel free to share this with your friends and family.


31 August 2011
A new resource has been added to our Parents and Carers and Health Professionals page:-
Physical as - 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! - Read our latest post about the AWCH Hospital Ward Grandparent Scheme. Watch our Hospital Ward Grandparent Scheme video!!