Child & Adolescent Health Care


July 2006 Issue #20

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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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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.
ABC & Other Health Updates

Pediatricians speak out against hospital system

In Victoria, some paediatricians say they're so worried about conditions for children in hospitals that they're willing to risk their jobs. The Association for the Welfare of Child Health says there have been cuts of 30 per cent to paediatric wards over the past 12 years.

WHO announces new baby growth charts

The World Health Organisation has released new growth charts and in a major break from the past, those figures recognise breastfeeding as the biological norm when it comes to measuring what a healthy baby should weigh.

Mental health system access in question

Mark is 19 years old, unemployed and mentally ill. While his mother works, he watches TV or roams the streets on his bike. He used to drive, but he's lost his licence.

Grommets and glue ear

Probably the commonest childhood operation is the insertion of grommets – little ventilation tubes – to relieve fluid in the middle ear: so-called ‘glue ear’. The idea is to prevent developmental problems like speech difficulties from associated hearing loss.

Imaginary friends open up fantastic world

Children with imaginary friends have
more vivid daydreams than other children,
a new study shows for the first time.

Imaginary playmates are a sign of rich fantasy life,but can also hint at problems, researchers say
(Image: Stockphoto

Self management for eczema

A trial of six two-hour sessions of education from trained specialists to parents of children up to 7, between 8 and 13, and adolescents themselves, showed improvements in quality of life, severity, and panicking when things got bad.

Caffeine Calculator

Caffeine can be found in many of the drinks and foods we consume every day. It occurs naturally in some like tea and coffee, and is added during the manufacture of others like cola drinks. Use our caffeine calculator to estimate your daily caffeine intake. Are you having too much?

Kids and road injuries

Five-year-old Sydney girl Sophie Delezio gets out of hospital, five weeks after being hit by a car - the second serious car accident in her short life.

Food and drink advertisers find new ways to target children

Food advertising aimed at children is going covert.

As the debate over the role food marketing plays in childhood obesity continues to centre on TV advertising, manufacturers are turning to less visible techniques to market to children.


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