Here’s what you need to know about the five hospitals where children’s hospitals are housed.1.
Aventura HospitalIn a city of more than 2.5 million, Aventoria Hospital in WA’s north-west has become synonymous with the state’s child-friendly, child-focused care system.
Its three main child-centred wards – Children’s Hospital of WA, Children’s Victoria and Children’s Royal Perth – have seen patients with all manner of ailments, including cerebral palsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
But the hospital is best known for its children’s units.
The Children’s Unit in the Children’s Research Institute at the University of Western Australia has seen patients from the age of two, and Childrens Hospital of Australia’s Children’s Group has seen children up to 15 years old.
In 2018, Avantura Hospital’s Children and Young People’s Unit was ranked as the fifth best in the nation.
The centre’s Children Group has an outstanding record of providing exceptional care for patients with complex medical conditions, as well as those with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsia, Tourette syndrome and multiple sclerosis.
It has the highest ratio of children in a child-care setting of any hospital in the state, at more than 90 per cent.
In 2017, it recorded the largest number of children ever enrolled in a single children’s unit in Australia.2.
White Plains HospitalThe Children’s Institute at White Plains has also been at the forefront of child-centric care.
The children’s intensive care unit at the hospital has seen the care of some of the state and national leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Catherine.
It also hosts the state premier’s state of the nation address, hosted by the Queen.
In the past, the hospital also hosted a number of special events, including the annual St Patrick’s Day celebration in October, and the annual White Plains Easter celebrations in February.
White Hills’ children’s care units have seen a significant increase in children with autism.
In 2016, there were more than 1,000 children with an autism spectrum disorder, and more than 700 children with Tourette’s syndrome.3.
Cabell Huntington HospitalIn Western Australia’s second-biggest city, Cabell Hunterton Hospital, the largest of the five child-oriented child-centered hospitals in the region, has seen a huge increase in its patients with severe developmental disabilities and cerebral palsias.
In 2014, Cabill Hunterton’s Children Hospital was ranked the fifth-best in the country for child-directed care, according to the Child Care Quality Commission.
In 2019, the department of health saw an increase in the number of patients with cerebral palsies, autism spectrum and other disabilities.4.
Aurora Children’s Health and WellnessCare is the only children’s ward in WA that provides all of its patients and staff with a full range of clinical services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, occupational rehabilitation, home visits, physiotherapy and occupational therapy for people with disabilities.
It is also the only hospital in Western Australia that has a dedicated mental health team.
Aurora Health’s Children unit has seen over 400 children with serious mental health conditions, and it has also seen the most children with intellectual disabilities in the WA health system.5.
Whitehorse Children’s hospital has been praised for its high levels of quality of care and its pioneering approach to child-specific health and wellbeing.
The hospital’s Children Unit, which is the state-of-the-art children’s residential unit, has been the centre of attention in WA for a number at the centre’s annual St Joseph’s Day Parade.
In recent years, the unit has also hosted an annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s 100th anniversary.6.
South Perth Children’s ward has been credited with a high proportion of patients who are wheelchair bound or who are at high risk of developing mobility difficulties, such as people with cerebral plexus or spinal stenosis.
The ward’s Children, Young People and Families Unit has been named the fifth most-visited hospital in WA by the Australasian Mental Health Alliance, a nationally recognised health organisation.7.
WA Children’s unit has the fifth highest ratio (85 per cent) of children with developmental disabilities, and in 2019 it had the most patients with autism-spectrum disorders in the whole of Western Australian.
In February 2018, the ward recorded the highest number of referrals to the children’s centre, with the number coming in at more then 2,000.8.
South Australian Children’s has had a number more than 50 children in its Children unit since it was opened in 2005.
It was ranked sixth in the national ranking of child care facilities by the Child Safety Foundation in 2018, and its Children Unit in 2020 was ranked number one in the world.
The unit has been ranked the eighth most-rated child care facility in the State by the Australian Child Care Association