Queensland Children’s Hospital
Over $400,000 in Lifetime funding since 2001
Our first donation was made to Mater Children’s Hospital in 2001 before becoming Lady Cilento, and now QCH.
Your generous support is helping us improve the specialist care and quality of life for our children and our families, in their courageous struggle against devastating illness such as serious blood disorders and childhood cancers.
On behalf of the Sisters of Mercy & the Directors of the Mater Hospital’s Trust we thank you for your support as true friends of the Mater and look forward to our continuing partnership. Nigel Harris, Executive Director Mater Hospital’s trust, 2000
Hospital funding over the years
A timeline of our contributions to QCH
- Palliative Care at a Distance Project, (major sponsor)
Name changed to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
- Music Teacher for Music Therapy Program
$50,000 cheque presentation to The Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane.For the ‘Kids with Cancer Foundation Complete Care Program’Left to right, in the ‘Art Therapy Room’: Jackson, The Paediatric Haematology / Oncology Department’s Linda Ewing, Nurse Manager and Dr. Ram Suppiah (Director) Daniel, Prof. Ross Pinkerton, Director of Cancer Services, Peter Little, Kids with Cancer’s Queensland Fundraising Manager.
The Complete Care Program at the Mater Children’s Hospital aims at providing complete care for the child with cancer and his/her siblings. The program consists of a variety of activities and programs. Activities within the program are constantly changing and being updated, however some examples may include:
Pre-School Group – Playsense: The “Playsense” program is aimed at children and siblings between the ages of 3 – 5 years. This program is facilitated by the occupational therapist, with input from the art therapist, school teacher and music therapist. Specifically, this program seeks to provide developmentally appropriate and fun experiences for those children who are unable to attend day-care/preschool due to hospitalisation, compromised immune system or other family stressors. Age appropriate music, stories, and play are the main activities of this program.
The general music therapy program at the Mater Children’s Hospital, aims at assisting children and their siblings adjust to the cancer experience through the use of music.
Due to an increase in numbers of primary school-aged patients (aged 5 – 11 years), the body awareness and relaxation group was started to meet the emerging needs of this age group. This group is facilitated by the music therapist and occupational therapist and runs weekly. The purpose of the group is to increase patients’ understanding of their bodies and to help patients understand links between physical feelings and emotions. These goals are achieved through various musical play, singing and movement activities. Patients are also taught a range of relaxation techniques to assist children in developing appropriate coping strategies for anxiety-provoking situations.
We are so proud to announce that we are now funding a Welfare Worker position at the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane for 3 years.
Grace has immersed herself into the position as the Kids with Cancer Welfare Worker, after already working as part of the Welfare Team at the hospital since completing a Bachelor of Human Services/Justice at QUT in 2020.
Grace’s role in the Oncology space is varied but is predominantly centred around providing practical supports to families in the form of financial, accommodation and travel assistance and helping each family navigate through the impacts and complexities of their child’s Oncology diagnosis. Grace is engaged with families throughout all stages of their cancer journey, from the early stages of their child’s diagnosis through to the end of treatment. Grace’s practice is reflective of her strong family-centered and values led framework.
She is incredibly grateful for her partnership with Kids with Cancer and is looking forward to seeing how her role can evolve in order to achieve best outcomes for families and to ensure they feel well supported throughout their journey at the QCH.
Congratulations Grace!! We look forward to working with you to help ease the pressure the families of kids with cancer are facing.