About Us

Kids Health is the health promotion unit of The Children's Hospital at Westmead. We aim to keep children fit, happy, healthy, safe and out of hospital. Our team works to meet these aims through health and safety promotion, information provision and education.

Health promotion is defined as the process of enabling people to increase control over the determinants of health and thereby improve their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being an individual or group must be able to identify and realise aspirations, to satisfy needs and to change or cope with the environment.(1)

Health, is therefore, more than the absence of disease. It is a positive concept that emphasises physical, mental and social well being.

The unit consists of our health promotion staff, the Hospital's bookshop and a lending library. We are located on Level 2 (street level), off the galleria (main walkway), opposite The Parent and Carer Resource Centre. You can visit us without appointment between 9.00am and 4.00pm from Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays).

References

(1) Nutbeam, D (1986) Health Promotion Glossary. Health Promotion vol 1 No 1 Oxford University Press


News

  • The NSW Study of Drowning and Near Drowning in Children (0-16)

    New research conducted by The Children’s Hospital at Westmead sheds light on the circumstances surrounding near drowning of children aged 0-16 in New South Wales (NSW).  Click here to access the full report (2013-2015), view the infographics poster and watch a video detailing the highlights of the study and drowning prevention strategies.  #NSWChildDrowningStudy



  • Children and Concussion - When in doubt, sit it out!

    The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has launched an awareness campaign on the signs and symptoms of concussion after an alarming increase in child sports concussions. Click here to find out more.



  • Bringing out the best in your baby

    The calendar, encouraging development and attachment in the first 12 months of life has been redesigned and is now available for download!



  • Kids Can Drown Without a Sound!

    The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) is conducting a state-wide portable pool safety campaign “Kids Can Drown Without a Sound” for English and non-English speaking community groups. The campaign was developed after experts were concerned by the number of children experiencing drowning and near drowning incidents in portable swimming pools.

    View the resources available in 16 community languages and for further information on the campaign.



  • SHAKING YOUR BABY IS JUST NOT THE DEAL - NEW RESOURCES FOR MEN

    The most recent resource developed by the Shaken Baby Prevention Project, is a set of postcards aimed at providing men with information about how to respond appropriately to a crying baby, provide strategies for settling a crying baby and encouraging men to ask for help when they need it.

    These postcards add to the Project’s existing internationally acclaimed multi-lingual resources including the film, “No Matter How Upset You Feel, Shaking Your Baby is Just Not the Deal!”, pamphlets and posters.



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