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The Arts in Health program integrates art into the life of the Women's and Children's Hospital to improve a child’s health and wellbeing.

In simple terms we try to make the environment more ‘child-friendly’, making it look better and helping to make the time spent in hospital 'feel better'.

Established in August 2008, the TeamKids Arts in Health program delivers a range of activities throughout the hospital across art forms such as: Visual Arts and Digital Media, Music and Performing Arts, Public Arts and Integrated Design, Literature and the Therapeutic Arts (Play Therapy, Art Therapy and Music Therapy).

From providing pencils and colouring books in waiting areas, to running Gallery spaces and art displays in the Hospital, to collaborating with Hospital School on book week activities and working closely with the Play Therapy Team, the Arts in Health program delivers smiles and fun throughout the Hospital.

Help TeamKids to raise funds so we can continue to run and expand on our Arts in Health program across the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Click on the links below to read more about and find out how you can support some of our Arts in Health programs.





For more information, please contact: 

Jill Newman – Manager, Arts in Health
(08) 8464 7950

artsinhealth@wchfoundation.org.au


Health research is about exploring the unknown and discovering new ways of not just treating and curing disease, but finding ways of preventing the problem in the first place.

Through the generosity of South Australians, TeamKids funds over a million dollars each year in health and medical research awards.

For additional information about any of the TeamKids Research awards, scholarships or fellowships please contact the Research Secretariat or the Research Grants Officer at the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN).

Director Research Administration Dr Andrea Averis Phone (08) 8161 7703 Email: andrea.averis@health.sa.gov.au

Research Grants Officer Advice on Research Grants Ms Katherine McPhail Phone (08) 8161 8175 Email: katherine.mcphail@health.sa.gov.au

Further information is available at www.wch.sa.gov.au/research

Keep reading to meet our researchers, view our research partners or learn more about our funded scholarships, fellowships and awards.

The following research partners have worked with us in exploring the science of healing.


WCH Foundation Funded Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards


WCH Foundation Research Project Grants

The WCH Foundation Research Project Grants support research into the health of children, youth and women by providing funding for research projects on an annual basis.

Funding for up to $75,000 per project is awarded through a competitive grants process. Applications are called in May for funding in the next calendar year.

Applications will be accepted from hospital staff who hold paid or other appointments at the WCHN, WCHRI and SA Pathology (WCH campus). Members of the WCHN core University Departments who are located at the WCH site can also apply.

In addition, two grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to new researchers based at the WCH Campus, defined as those researchers who have not received previous funding from the WCH Foundation, are post-graduates who have completed a doctoral degree within the last five years and are up to, but not more than, 40 years of age.

WCHF Malcom Douglas Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Malcolm Douglas Grant Research Fund was established in 2004 by Ms Natalie McConaghy in memory of her nephew, Malcolm Douglas Grant. The primary purpose of the Fund is to facilitate research of an international standard into the cause of, or treatments for, patients with Morquio syndrome, other mucopolysaccharidoses, or other genetic disorders involving bone dysplasias within the lysosomal storage disorders group.

The Malcolm Douglas Grant Research Fund will fund a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Campus, for a period of three years. Only one Fellowship will be offered at any one time.

Conditions of the Fellowship and application details are available at: http://www.wch.sa.gov.au/research/funding/index.html.

This Fellowship will be open to postdoctoral graduates with a minimum of two years’ postdoctoral research experience. Successful applicants will undertake research within one of the Departments of the WCHN or SA Pathology (WCH campus).

The stipend for the Fellowship will be $70,000 per annum for a maximum of three years. There will be a maintenance allowance of $5,000 provided in the first year, and a travel allowance in the final year of the Fellowship of $5,000 to support national and international presentations of the research undertaken

WCHF Matthew Scriver PICU Nurses Scholarship

The Matthew Scriver Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Nurses Scholarship was established in 2006, in memory of Matthew Scriver. The Scholarship supports research initiatives by nurses working in PICU, either as PICU nurses or nurses appointed in other areas of WCHN who are working with children and their families who are admitted to PICU. All types of research projects may be supported by the Scholarship.

The Scholarship stipend is $2,000 and is offered annually.

WCHF May Fotheringham Fellowship

The May Fotheringham Fund was established as an endowment in 1971, following the death of Mrs May Fotheringham, who bequeathed a portion of her estate to the Women's and Children's Hospital.

The Fellowship is offered annually for research, study or professional development to WCHN only non-medical staff, who wish to undertake such a program in Australia or overseas. 

Applications (to the value of approximately $5,000) for this award are called in April of each year.

WCH Midwifery Fellowship

The WCH Foundation Midwifery Fellowship provides an excellent opportunity for a midwife to gain research training and experience leading to a higher degree in any aspect of midwifery.

The Fellow will undertake a supervised research project in conjunction with the Department of Nursing and Midwifery Research and Practice Development and a relevant clinical area within the Women's and Babies Division of the Women's and Children's Hospital. The Fellow will be registered for the degree of Masters by Research or PhD at either the University of South Australia or Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.

The Scholarship Stipend is $25,000 plus annual allowance of $2,000.

WCHF Population Health Medical Postgraduate Scholarship

The WCH Foundation will fund a Population Health Medical Postgraduate Scholarship at the WCHN, for a period of two to three years, and dependent on course enrolment for a Masters by Research or PhD degree. Only one award will be offered at any one time.

The scholarship provides an opportunity for research leading to a higher degree in any aspect of population health at WCHN. The scholar will undertake a supervised research project in conjunction with one of the Departments of WCHN (either the Women’s and Children’s Hospital or Child and Youth Health), the Women's and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) or SA Pathology and a South Australian university.

The Scholarship Stipend is $60,000 in 2010 plus annual allowance of $5,000.

WCHF Population Health PhD Scholarship

The WCH Foundation will fund Population Health PhD Scholarships at WCHN, for a period of up to three years. Only two awards will be offered at any one time.

The scholarship provides an opportunity for research leading to a PhD in any aspect of population health at WCHN. The scholar will undertake a supervised doctoral research project in conjunction with one of the Departments of WCHN, the Women's and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) or SA Pathology and a South Australian university.

The Scholarship Stipend is $25,000 plus annual allowance of $5,000.

MS McLeod Awards

The MS McLeod Research Fund is part of the WCH Foundation Research Fund. Established by a bequest from the estate of Murdoch Stanley McLeod, the purpose of this fund is to support in perpetuity paediatric research.

Medical Postgraduate Scholarship

  • Eligibility: MBBS or equivalent, eligible to enrol in Masters by Research or PhD at a South Australian University
  • Duration: 3 years with possible 6 month extension.  Up to two awards will be offered at any one time
  • Value: $60,000 per annum, plus a $5,000 allowance for national / international presentations of the research
  • for more information click here

PhD Scholarship 

Eligibility: Graduates with appropriate science or health sciences honours degree, eligible to enrol in a PhD at a South Australian University

  • Duration: 3 years with possible 6 month extension - Up to three awards will be offered at any one time
  • Value: $25,000 per annum
  • for more information click here

Postdoctoral Fellowship 

  • Eligibility: Postdoctoral applicants with 2+ years postdoctoral research experience
  • Duration: 3 years, with possible 1 year extension.  - Up to three awards will be offered at any one time
  • Value: $75,000 per annum, $5,000 maintenance allowance 1st year and $5,000 allowance for national / international presentations of research in 3rd year.
  • for more information click here

Paediatric/Child Health Nursing Fellowship 

  • Eligibility: Graduates with appropriate nursing/ health sciences degree, must study in a WCHN Paediatric Department and eligible to enrol in Masters by Research or PhD at a South Australian University
  • Duration: 3 years with possible 6 month extension - Only one award will be offered at any one time
  • Value: $25,000 per annum plus $2,000 per annum goods and services allowance
  • for more information click here

Departmental Research Grants 

  • Eligibility: WCHN, SA Pathology (WCH Campus) and WCHRI staff, Department Heads can nominate one research project per department
  • Duration: To be completed within 12 months
  • Value: $10,000 per grant - Offered annually
  • Change: 4 grants awarded per annum
  • for more information click here

When Dr Ainslie Derrick Roberts walks into her research lab at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital every day, she walks past a picture of Malcolm Douglas Grant. It is this image that was the inspiration for Ainslie to apply for a research Fellowship bearing his name.

When Malcolm Douglas Grant passed away from Morquio Syndrome in 1999 aged 40 years, his estate was left to his devoted aunt Natalie MConaghy. $500,000 was gifted to the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation for the sole purpose of research into Mucupolysaccharide (MPS) diseases particularly Morquio. It was then that the Malcolm Douglas Grant Research Fund was established.

Morquio Syndrome is an inherited disease of metabolism in which the body is missing or doesn’t have enough of a substance needed to break down long chains of sugar molecules. The condition is characterised by a severe abnormal development of the skeleton, resulting in short stature. Growth is stunted and generally patients will be in a wheelchair at an early age. There is no specific treatment .

Dr Derrick Roberts, through her Fellowship, is hoping to have a good working model of the disease by the middle of 2013.

“My aim is find good markers of what we can do to help and understand the disease. Being able to understand why some things happen and some things don’t.

Once I have a model it will then allow us to develop appropriate therapy – like gene therapy”

Dr Derrick Roberts says her personal connection with Morquio syndrome is what drives her every day.

“Meeting Natalie, and walking past Malcolm’s picture daily, was definitely the inspiration in wanting to do this research”

Malcolm’s aunt Natalie, who spent a great deal of time with him said he will never be forgotten.

“Malcolm was the bravest person I have ever known. If his legacy can help save the life or lives of any sufferers of Morquio Syndrome, he will be remembered always.”

 


*2018 applications are not yet open*


We are committed to the best possible health care for the community served by the WCH.

We work in partnership with the WCH to realise community and donor expectations by investing in the best possible Hospital environment; equipment and facilities; and research and education supporting clinicians.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and the WCH.

Here is a list of our recent achievements!


Aboriginal Liaison Room - $80,000 

Nuclear Medicine - Pain Distraction Graphics  & Audio Visual package - $40,000 

Boylan Ward (Psychiatric Ward) Focus Room - $62,000 

Rogerson Theatre Entrance – Pain Distraction Graphics $28,000 

Sacred Space – a multi faith, non-denominational spiritual retreat $400,000   

Adolescent Ward Refurbishment - $700,000 

Newland Ward Surgical Hub- $198,000

Arts in Health – gallery spaces in the Hospital, design and music therapy, play therapy support - $89,000

Paediatric Emergency Waiting Room – refurbishment with pain distraction graphics and aquarium $41,000

The Breathing Space – play area for children in waiting room, graphics throughout and new equipment  - $25,000

The Play Deck - Garden area refurbishment - $5,000

Michael Rice Centre - Refurbishment of Parent Room - $5,253

28 x Bassinets – for the Women’s & Babies Division - $29,000

5 x Resuscitation Cots – for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit  - $125,000   

2 x New Neonatal Incubators - $90,000    

Home Equipment Centre – suction equipment families can borrow to keep children out of hospital - $37,500

28 x Bassinets – for the Women’s & Babies Division - $29,000 

Vehicle for Paediatric Palliative Care - $7,000

Foetal Monitor - $29,000

Spectra Optia Apheresis System used to collect Stem Cells in Oncology -  $56,600

New equipment to assist with less traumatic assistance for children in the Burns Unit - $16,485

Intrathecal Baclofen Pump program for Paediatric Rehabilitation - $20,000

Research – 30 projects - $1.6 Million 

The Breathing Space – bench-to-bedside research facilities and treatment centre for children with respiratory conditions and Cystic Fibrosis - $2.6 Million    

And…

Support Fund – helping Hospital families facing financial hardship – over $237,000 in 3 years   

Palliative Care Art Therapist $61,000


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