You can choose where to direct your fundraising when you register for the John Hughes Big Walk. The wards and departments are explained below.
The Department of Aboriginal Clinical Child Health is focused on closing the widening gap between health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and the general population. They are doing this by focusing on a wide range of practical service delivery initiatives and collaborative research projects.
Accident & Emergency
As the only specialist children’s hospital in Western Australia, Princess Margaret Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department sees over 71,000 presentations every year. For a lot of patients and families admitted to the hospital, the Accident and Emergency Department is often the first port of call. Ensuring that the Department has the right equipment and staff expertise, as well as appropriate distraction therapy and support services is crucial.
The Total Care Burns Unit is dedicated to treating both acute and post-acute burn patients, as well as surgical patients with complex wound issues. The Unit provides the best possible treatment for children who have sustained a burn injury while ensuring the final outcome is worth enduring the pain of treatment. As the only paediatric burns unit in Western Australia, the Princess Margaret Hospital Burns Total Care Unit services the entire state, in addition to a number of Northern Territory communities which border WA.
Children’s Cancer Ward / Haematology
The Children’s Cancer Ward at Princess Margaret Hospital is recognised as a leader in research and treatment of childhood cancer. A dedicated multidisciplinary team of specialist medical, nursing, research and allied health professionals work together to meet the clinical, physical and emotional needs of the young patients in their care – along with their parents and families. The team run both inpatient and outpatient services aimed at maximising the quality of life for children with diagnosed with cancer and maximising long-term survivorship.
The Cardiology Department at Princess Margaret Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services for children and adolescents from throughout West Australia with actual or suspected heart diseases. The department deals with a wide range of heart conditions including congenital heart defects, arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy.
Diabetes & Endocrinology
The Endocrinology and Diabetes Department at Princess Margaret Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services for children and adolescents with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) and endocrine disorders – including severe obesity. The Department provides a team approach to treatment which may include working with a doctor, diabetes nurse educator, social worker, dietician, psychologist, physiotherapist and school liaison teacher.
Intensive Care Unit & Theatre
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Princess Margaret Hospital cares for the most vulnerable and critically ill children and adolescents from throughout Western Australia. PICU works alongside the hospital’s six operating theatres and two procedure rooms providing specialist care for seriously ill, injured or ventilated children, post-surgery support and specialist care for patients unsuitable for a ward due to physiological instability or dependence on specialist equipment.
Young people throughout Western Australia identify mental health as one of their biggest personal concerns, with an alarming 13% of young people identifying suicide as an issue of concern. The Mental Health Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital is dedicated to providing short-term assessments and intervention for children and young people aged six to sixteen who are experiencing mental health problems. The Unit at is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals from nursing, medical, social work, occupational therapy, teaching and psychology.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for the hospital’s youngest, and in many instances, most vulnerable patients. The Unit is run by a team of highly skilled specialist medical and nursing staff trained specifically to care for newborn infants and offer support for their parents and families at what is often a very traumatic and complicated time. Each year, the Unit cares for around 600 tiny patients who experience medical complications or problems at the start of their life. Because of the tiny size of many of their patients, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit often requires specialist equipment, for example 75% of these patients require the use of a specialised giraffe warmer to keep their temperature stable.
The Neurology Department at Princess Margaret Hospital cares for upwards on 5,000 patients a year with diseases of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Some of the most common conditions treated by the Neurology Department include; epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, neurogenetic disorders, headaches, brain and spinal cord injuries, brain tumours and movement disorders.
The Rehabilitation department sees children and adolescents with physical disabilities and acquired cognitive disabilities. Services include assessments, intervention, education, support, treatments and therapies within our rehabilitation programs. A specialised team works with young patients in a number of programs including: Acquired brain injury rehabilitation. Spinal rehabilitation, spasticity management, neurodevelopmental clinics, education and clinical research.
Refugee Health Clinic
The Refugee Health Clinic aims to coordinate and manage the complex care needs of recently resettled refugee and asylum seeker children under 16 years of age. This is a holistic service with specialist staff including medical staff (Paediatric consultants, GP, Refugee Health Senior Registrar), nurses (Refugee Liaison Nurse, Community Health Nurse and Clinic Nurse), social worker, dietician, school teacher liaison, dental registrar and psychology liaison. The clinic aims to meet the medical, developmental, educational and psychosocial domains of refugee children and adolescents. Children are assessed in family groups wherever possible to minimise disruption to the resettlement process.
The Department of Respiratory Medicine cares for infants, children and young people with a broad range of chronic and acute respiratory conditions. Some of the most common conditions treated at the Department of Respiratory Medicine include asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital lung disease, airway disease, difficult pulmonary infections and sleep related respiratory disorders.
Ward 7Teen is a multispecialty ward incorporating adolescents from the year they turn 13 years of age who are deemed developmentally appropriate to the ward, would benefit from specific skills and interaction on the ward, by their admitting consultant as to be appropriate to the ward regardless of specialty, who will not adversely affect the care of other patients. Adolescents admitted to Ward 7Teen have the advantage of staff who understand the developmental stage of adolescence and strive to incorporate needs within the individual health care plans. The importance of education is recognised and Ward 7Teen has its own high school facility to ensure that adolescents admitted to the ward are able to maintain their schooling and attendance record.
Perth Children’s Hospital area of greatest need
While the above wards and departments are the most frequented areas at Perth Children’s Hospital, ongoing funds and support is constantly required throughout the hospital to ensure children and adolescents from throughout Western Australia receive the best possible care and treatment when they most need it. Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation works closely with hospital staff to ensure funds raised for the area of greatest need will be used to create the best possible outcomes for patients and their families.