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News - 2000

Kayaking for Kemo Kids

There is only one sure way to get rid of those unwanted kilos collected over the New Year period - get in your kayak and paddle!!!

That is just what Bob Glenister and friends are doing when they Kayak for Kemo Kids on January 13.

The 1,000 km from Coolangatta to Sydney will be covered in 23 days by the five kayakers, all dedicated to raising as much money as possible for cancer research at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. This is the third year the event has taken place and each time it is bigger and better.

22 / 12 / 2000 >> More


Childhood Obesity - The Challenges

On Monday 11th December, The Children's Hospital at Westmead will be hosting a workshop for health professionals to focus on the problem of, and potential solutions to, obesity in childhood and adolescence. This workshop will tackle one of the most serious health risks to young Australians.

There is clear evidence that the prevalence of obesity and overweight in Australian children is increasing. At the recent Pre-Olympic Congress Dr Michael Booth presented evidence showing that approximately 20% of Australian children and adolescents are currently overweight or obese and the trend is for this figure to increase.

07 / 12 / 2000 >> More


Hear Ye... Hear Ye... Heralding In A New Era

On 6 November 1995 we welcomed our first patient to our new Hospital at Westmead. So on 6 November 2000, acknowledging that we aren't really 'new' any more, we launched our new name - The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

This change takes into account the view of many staff and a wide range of our donors and supporters. By modifying our commonly used name we will now more accurately reflect what we are... a Children's Hospital, and where we are... at Westmead.

06 / 11 / 2000 >> More


ADHD in the Third Millennium - Perspectives for Australia

On March 16, 17 & 18, 2001, The Children's Hospital Education Research Institute (CHERI) will be presenting their sixth annual Conference. This Conference offers the first national focus to display, share and promote Australian research and experience in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and associated conditions.

24 / 10 / 2000 >> More


Brightening The Lives Of Sick Kids

The Hon Craig Knowles MP, Minister for Health, will be launching the Operation Art 2000 display at The Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday 24 October at 10am. The art works are the winning 50 from over 450 that have been created by children from across NSW for sick kids at The New Children's Hospital, Westmead.

The program is in its sixth year with entries each year surpassing all expectations. Operation Art is a way of involving young people in the special work of the hospital, and its arts program.

24 / 10 / 2000 >> More


Cuppa For Kids

On Friday 1st December enjoying a great cuppa will take on a whole new significance.

Friday 1st December will be the first ever Cuppa for Kids. Select cafes, clubs and hotels will donate 50 cents from each hot drink sold to the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

18 / 10 / 2000 >> More


ADHD Behaviours, Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Behaviour

Kids Health, the Child Health Promotion Unit at The New Children's Hospital, Westmead, runs seminars for parents throughout the year.

On Tuesday 14th November Ian Wallace will present "ADHD Behaviours, Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Behaviour" in the Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre at The New Children's Hospital.

18 / 10 / 2000 >> More


Child Restraint Awareness Day

Kids Health, the Child Health Promotion Unit at The New Children's Hospital, Westmead, in collaboration with Parramatta City Council and Holroyd City Council has organised a "Child Restraint Awareness Day" for Saturday 21st October 2000. Restraint checking will be offered at the front entrance to the Hospital and there will be a free Sausage Sizzle. The Bandaged Bear Road Safety Centre will also be open.

09 / 10 / 2000 >> More


Cherries Help Build Beautiful Bones

While we all know that fresh fruit and vegetables make healthy people, cherries have never before played such a vital role in building strong beautiful bones in children.

At 8am on Wednesday 18th October the first box of cherries for the season will be auctioned at Sydney Markets to raise money for children with brittle bones being treated at The New Children's Hospital, Westmead.

05 / 10 / 2000 >> More


Parenting Skills in a Changing World

Kids Health, the Child Health Promotion Unit at The New Children's Hospital, Westmead, runs seminars for parents throughout the year.

On Tuesday 7th of November Dr Ken Nunn will present "Parenting Skills in a Changing World" in the Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre at The New Children's Hospital.

05 / 10 / 2000 >> More


Teddy Bears' Picnic Postponed

Due to the far-reaching impact of the Olympics in Sydney The New Children's Hospital has decided to postpone the Teddy Bears' Picnic until 2001.

The Teddy Bears' Picnic has been an integral part of the Hospital's calendar since 1980. And in 2001 we will be celebrating the Picnic's 21st birthday!

25 / 09 / 2000 >> More


How To Win At Happier Families

Kids Health, the Child Health Promotion Unit at The New Children's Hospital, Westmead, runs seminars for parents throughout the year.

On Tuesday 29th of August Dr Matthew Sanders will present "How To Win At Happier Families" in the Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre at The New Children's Hospital.

24 / 08 / 2000 >> More


Call To Cut Driveway Deaths

Parents with young children should take great care when reversing their car in the driveway at home, according to a study on driveway trauma published in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia.

The study, by Research Fellow, Dr Andrew Holland, and colleagues at The New Children's Hospital, examined records for children admitted to the hospital with injuries sustained from driveway trauma over a four year period. They also examined driveway deaths reported to the NSW Paediatric Trauma Death Registry between 1988 and 1999.

24 / 08 / 2000 >> More


Grandparents: Keeping Grandchildren Safe and Healthy

This is an invitation to you and any other grandparents in your community who would like to attend a free information session at the New Children's Hospital, Westmead. It is an event organised by Grandparenting NSW - an association established in 1998 by the Council On The Ageing NSW (COTA) and Kids Health (the Child Health Promotion Unit at The New Children's Hospital, Westmead).

This very special information session "Grandparents: Keeping Grandchildren Safe and Healthy", will take place on Thursday 10th of August and will cover important issues such as road safety, safety around the home, mental health and self-esteem. Small discussion groups will also take place to give all participants an opportunity to share their experiences. The information session will run from 9AM - 1PM with refreshments served at the beginning and a light lunch at the end.

02 / 08 / 2000 >> More


Operation Art: Children Helping Children

Operation Art - an initiative of The New Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the Department of Education and Training and The Art Gallery of New South Wales - launches its 6th Exhibition at 6pm on Tuesday 1 August at Panthers World of Entertainment, Penrith.

Since its inception in 1995, Operation Art has showcased the artistic talents of many New South Wales school children. A very special program, Operation Art combines the creative spirit of children with their desire to do something to help other kids. Every year, the calibre of work continues to impress and delight all those who see the artworks.

28 / 07 / 2000 >> More


Unlocking The Secrets Of Cancer Cells

The secrets of cancer cells are now being unlocked at The New Children's Hospital, Westmead, thanks to the acquisition of leading edge technology - the latest confocal microscope, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

The Hon. Gabrielle Harrison MP, Member for Parramatta, will launch the Confocal Microscope Facility at The New Children's Hospital at 10am on Monday 31st July.

The purchase of this state of the art equipment is a remarkable example of community co-operation. At a cost of $500,000 the confocal microscope was purchased with funds donated entirely by individuals and members of the corporate world over a 2-year period.

25 / 07 / 2000 >> More


Prenatal Exposure To Cigarette Smoke Affects Arousal In Babies - A Risk Factor For SIDS

We know that risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) include exposure to cigarette smoke during pregnancy, and difficulty to be aroused from sleep. "It now appears that smoking during pregnancy may cause defective arousal responses of an infant." Dr Chris Seton, paediatric sleep specialist at The New Children's Hospital, Westmead, says.

29 / 06 / 2000 >> More


First National PKU Camp

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inherited metabolic disorder that affects approximately 1: 10,000 children born each year in Australia. It is detected by the Newborn screening laboratories around the country.

Before PKU was identified in the early 1960's children born with the disorder suffered severe intellectual disability. Children who are born with PKU now follow a strict diet low in phenylalanine, one of the essential amino acids, and with good dietary compliance enjoy normal health, growth and development.

22 / 06 / 2000 >> More


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