How We Do It

The Hospital Familiarisation Program was introduced by the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital Western Australia in 1983 and is designed to prepare children for possible hospitalisation or visits to the doctor or dentist. Negative reactions to hospitalisation and medical intervention can have immediate or long lasting psychological effects.

This video shows in detail the different components of the program including the group session where children participate in discussions about their own hospital experiences, the showing of various pieces of medical equipment and the free play time where children are given the opportunity to dress up as doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, etc. while others act being the patients. A video is also viewed in which a young child is admitted to hospital and taken through the usual procedures.