About Us

Kids Health is the health promotion unit of The Children's Hospital at Westmead. We strive to keep children fit, happy, healthy, safe and out of hospital. Our team works to achieve 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

  • Current Health Promotion Projects

    For further information on our current projects and resources, please click on the links below.

    Bringing Out the Best in Your Baby

    Shaken Baby

    Kids Can Drown Without a Sound – Portable Pool Safety

    Protect Your Pool, Protect Your Kids- Swimming Pool Fencing

    Kids Don’t Fly - Window and Balcony Safety

    Poison Safety

  • Info for parents

    Kids Health has a wide range of fact sheets covering a wide variety of children's health topcis, all written in easy to understand language for parents and their children.

    View all our fact sheets.

  • Buy a book!

    Our bookshop has a wide range of publications for parents, children, professionals and the community. All publications available in the bookshop have been reviewed by a relevant hospital staff member. The bookshop is owned and staffed by the Hospital with all money generated from book sales contributing to the care of sick kids.

    Buy a book today!


News

  • 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.



  • Kids Don't Fly!

    An increasing number of children are admitted to Hospital each year as a result of falling from windows and balconies. These falls are often in their own home and can result in death or serious injury. Find out more > >



  • Warning Following Surge in Drowning Admissions

    A surge in the number of drowning admissions has prompted Emergency and Trauma specialists to call on parents to be vigilant when supervising their children around swimming pools.



New Fact Sheets