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NSW Health Award Finalists - Please VOTE.

Oct 30 2018
Cherishing Children with Heart Disease Please help support the SCHN Cardiac Service by voting for us in the NSW Health People's Choice A...

Cardiology transition workshop for adolescents

Sep 18 2018
Not sure about transitioning to the adult health service? Come along to our workshop and hear about living well with congenital heart disease. ...

A lovely letter from a Heart Centre family

Aug 24 2017
The family of one of our patients has written a beautiful letter of appreciation. It shows how many people and various roles work together to ma...

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Surgeon nominated for Australian of the Year

Posted by Kylie Flament on 23 November 2015
We are incredibly proud of all of our surgeons and the work that they do, and Ian Nicholson is certainly no exception.  He is one of four NSW nominees for Australian of the Year 2016.  From the award website: "One of Australia's leading cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr Ian Nicholson has a heart of gold. A regular volunteer with Open Heart International since his first trip to Fiji in 1994, Ian has travelled throughout the Pacific and Africa to give people in developing countries the lifesaving surgery they deserve yet cannot afford. Each year, Ian lands in places like Papua New Guinea, Rwanda and Cambodia to run a 'patient production line' that treats both children and adults suffering from a range of treatable conditions from congenital heart defects to rheumatic heart disease. With selfless generosity, Ian has mentored medical teams in developing countries for two decades, passing on his skills and knowledge to help them gain self-sufficiency. Operatin...
Posted in: Doctors Work  

Buy a Heart

Posted by Kylie Flament on 20 November 2015
On Tuesday the Friends of the Heart Centre (a group of parents and community members supporting the Heart Centre for Children through fundraising, advocacy and feedback) launched the "Buy a Heart" programme within the hospital.  Hearts of different colours and sizes are available for donors, whose money will go towards equipment, research and support for patients and families.  Donors can include their child's name, photo, or their own message on the heart, which will be displayed at our outpatients clinic reception or in Edgar Stephen Ward.  Please contact us if you would like to buy a heart! $50 - red heart
$100 - silver heart
$200 - gold heart
$500 - double heart
$1000 - triple heart ...
Posted in: Fundraisers  

Our New Cardiac Suite

Posted by Kylie Flament on 19 November 2015
We are delighted to announce that our brand new, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterisation suite opened this week.  A HUGE thank you to Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation who funded the $3.4 million upgrade.  Cardiac catheterisation is a lot like keyhole surgery, a less invasive option than open-heart surgery.  It isn't always suitable, depending on what is wrong with a child's heart, but when it is, it means a much faster recovery time, which is a good thing for kids and their families.  This new suite also offers us the ability to perform full surgeries if need be. The Parramatta Sun interviewed the mother of one of our patients about it.  That story here. ...
Posted in: Equipment Media Thank You's  

Fontan Education Day Young People Workshop

Posted by Kylie Flament on 11 November 2015
On Sunday 18th October 2015, the Heart Centre for Children (HCfC) at The Children's Hospital at Westmead hosted the second annual Australian and New Zealand Fontan Registry Family Education Day. The HCfC Family Support Team was delighted to provide a workshop for young people who have had the Fontan operation and their siblings. Six young people participated in the day, which was jam-packed with a mix of education sessions and fun activities, as well as a few surprises! The interactive workshop provided an opportunity for young people to meet and share experiences with one another, while learning more about the Fontan operation in a fun and supportive environment. For photos, information about and feedback from the day - see our newsletter here. ...
Posted in: Patients  

Fontan Education Day 2015

Posted by Manoj Kookkal on 18 August 2015
Patients, families and allied health workers are invited to attend the Fontan Education Day 2015 to hear up to date information and research related to the Fontan circulation and life experiences. The Education Day will include presentations from specialists in paediatric and adult congenital heart disease focused on a range of topics including; long-term care after the Fontan operation, support services and how to access them, research updates and future research goals. The sessions will provide an opportunity for audience questions and discussion, with aspects of the program focused on patient insights and concurrent break-out sessions. The Education Day builds on the work of the Australian and New Zealand Fontan Registry, HCC2686 0815 the world's largest database collecting health information on children and adults who have had a Fontan procedure. The Fontan Registry includes a team of specialists and researchers working closely together to ensure patients and their fa...
Posted in: Research Patients Other  

24 hours continuous game of soccer! Kicking Goals for sick kids!

Posted by Manoj Kookkal on 9 July 2015
24 hours continuous game of soccer! Kicking Goals for sick kids!
The Kicking Goals for Sick Kids 24-hour Soccer Marathon is an annual event which aims to raise much needed funds for The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Over the last 3 years, the event has contributed over $117,000 to purchase vital equipment for the Oncology Clinic and the Heart Centre at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
The aim this is year is to raise over $50,000 (Just under $44,000 was raised last year), with all proceeds to be used to purchase life-saving and monitoring equipment within the Oncology clinic, Heart Centre and Neurology department.

Donations can be made at: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/kicking-goals-for-sick-kids

Click on Give Now at this link or at the top of the everyday hero page. You will receive an automated email with a donation receipt.

If you have any auction item, gifts for the kids or can donate any product or service, please feel free to contact George on 0404 473 533.

Thank you for your support.
Posted in: Equipment Fundraisers How you can help  

Trivia Night

Posted by Manoj Kookkal on 18 June 2015
Trivia Night

 

Zipper Tickers are organising a Trivia Night and all proceeds from this event will be donated to the Heart Centre for Children.

Posted in: Fundraisers How you can help  

Cycling 1500 Kilometres in France.

Posted by Manoj Kookkal on 9 June 2015
Annabel, (Cardiac Physiologist at the Heart centre for Children) is in France to cycle 1500 kilometres from Strasbourg to Pau over ten days. In doing so, Annabel will also be raising funds for the Heart Centre for Children.

Please support Annabel by donating or simply sending her some well wishes by following this link: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/annabel-arnheim-heart-centre-for-children.

 

Posted in: Equipment Fundraisers How you can help Staff  

Holly's story

Posted by Kylie Flament on 16 April 2015
Holly is a young woman with a very special heart, but she has not let it hold her back from her passion for athletics, recently winning all sorts of medals at the national championships.  Read more about Holly's journey here.
Posted in: Patients  

Thank you, Australian Islamic Mission!

Posted by Kylie Flament on 15 April 2015
A very big thank you to the Australian Islamic Mission who organised a bike ride from Katoomba to The Children's Hospital at Westmead earlier this year and raised a whopping $21,000!  The money is being put towards the Heart Lung Machine we need to enable us to perform life-saving surgeries on our tiny patients, so it will make a very big difference to many lives.  A/Prof Gary Sholler (pictured right) was delighted to have an opportunity to thank Sadiq (left) from the AIM in person earlier today.
Posted in: Fundraisers  
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