Wishes can come true…
Here at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, our one big wish is to provide expert care, advanced treatment and support to ensure every child has the best possible chance of a full recovery.
To achieve this we need to improve our facilities and continue to plan for future needs. Here’s a snapshot of some of the things we need to consider.
The demand for hospital services is growing
The number of children in NSW is increasing. Greater Western Sydney accounts for one-third of the state’s 0-19 year old children and by 2031 is expected to be over 800,000.
The health profile of children is changing
More children are being diagnosed with chronic diseases such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, childhood obesity, developmental disorders and mental health disorders.
Children with life-threatening conditions are living longer
With advances in clinical care and technology, more children with childhood cancer, prematurity, cystic fibrosis and severe disability require our support into adulthood.
The Hospital provides an expanding range of services
New technologies translate into new models of care for sick children. As health initiatives and community-based programs increase, there is a flow-on effect of an increase in demand for hospital services.
Research and clinical trials are expensive
It costs between $10,000 and $50,000 to enrol one child in a clinical trial. This form of research often represents the best way forward for complex and life-limiting conditions.
So we're thinking big. A million wishes big.
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