Child & Adolescent Health Care


July 2006 Issue #20

In This Issue

What's New.........

AWCH is happy to announce that it has become a National Child Protection Week partner.

To find out more about National Child Protection Week and activities happening in your state, visit the NAPCAN website at www.napcan.org.au

National Child Protection Week

3 - 9 September 2006

Quick Poll
At your hospital, in the last 12 months, have any adults been hospitalised in the same ward as children?

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For more information about items in this newsletter or should you wish to provide feedback please contact:

Anne Cutler
Executive Officer
Email: awch@awch.com.au
Web: www.awch.org.au

Phone: 02 9631 9208

Fax: 02 9631 9390
Address: PO Box 113 WESTMEAD NSW 2145

The Australian Association for the Welfare of Child Health (AWCH) is a national, non-profit organisation of parents, professionals and community members who work together to ensure the emotional and social needs of children, adolescents and their families are recognised and met within hospitals and the health care system in Australia.
President's Message

AWCH has reorganised itself into a national incorporated body to better pursue its advocacy for improved care for children and young people in all health settings. AWCH sees this as an opportunity to build on and strengthen its national organisation so that it can:

  • consolidate its achievements, particularly in improving the psycho-social care of children in all health settings
  • expand its advocacy for children into community health care settings
  • contribute to the broader policy framework governing the health and wellbeing of all Australian children, young people and their families
  • form productive links with state health systems, federal health officials and relevant non-government health organisations.

A key achievement of AWCH is the AWCH 2005 National Survey Report: The Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospital. This Report notes trends in hospital care provided to children since the first survey in 1992, and in effect, sets out the expected standards hospitals should be working towards in their care of children and young people, and in supporting their families.

AWCH considers this report a good starting point for the next phase of its work, which will include:

  • An expansion of its work into non-hospital settings, particularly as fewer children are treated in hospitals, and those that are admitted are hospitalised for shorter periods and often require follow-up care in the community
  • A renewed understanding of what is most important to children, young people and their families in their experience of health care, and the particular needs of those from different cultures
  • Encouraging active involvement by health systems and health professionals in defining and applying evidence-based practice for both hospital and non-hospital care of children and young people and support for their parents, noting some of the downward trends in the 2005 survey
  • Taking into account new challenges for providers of children's and young people's heath care arising from increased incidence of mental illness, suicide, misuse of drugs etc
  • Taking into account evidence about the need for investment in the early years for children's health and well-being in the provision of health services, including perinatal services

I would encourage you to join with AWCH and its board by supporting the Association by becoming an AWCH Member and in that way become part of the collaboration of parents, children, young people, community members and professionals who, together, can advocate effectively for much needed changes in the health system. We all share the responsibility to be strong advocates for child health.


A/Professor David Bennett
AWCH President



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