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
National Liaison 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.
Growing Up Ready

The Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce Program Manager, Lynne Brodie attended a conference on Transition 'Growing up Ready' held from May 11th -13th at Bloorview Children's Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. Over 250 professionals and consumers attended and with 40 presentations to choose from there was something for everyone. Highlights included presentations from young people on a range of issues of concern to them including learning independent living skills, finding appropriate adult health providers and developing social networks. A full report will be available in late June.

The Illawarra spina bifida transition pilot project is progressing well with very positive feedback being provided from young people attending the newly formed clinic at Port Kembla Hospital. Enquiries should be directed to Project Officer Joanne Morrell on
042 200 2230.

The neurology project at John Hunter Children's Hospital is also gaining momentum with over 250 families surveyed about their transition experiences.

GMCT Transition Care initiatives were highlighted at displays held at Westmead, Royal Prince Alfred and John Hunter Hospitals to celebrate Youth Week 2006. Transition Coordinator for the Hunter and New England AHS, Rebecca Harris (pictured on left) fielded questions from professionals, young people and their parents on a range of transition issues.

A working group is being formed to improve processes for young people with chronic illness/disability presenting to adult emergency departments for the first time. If you are interested in contributing please contact Lif O'Connor on 9515 6382.

Resources are available on the transition website to help professionals to prepare young people and also to help young people and their families. Information can be downloaded from:

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If you would like to have your program or service featured in the next AWCH newsletter, send your report to Anne Cutler at awch@awch.com.au by 31 August 2006.

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