There are lots of reasons for schools to take a hospital tour. Here are some of them.
You can interact with patients
Our Patient Interactive Program (PIP) is built for students over 16 and combines community service and a general hospital tour, and offers students opportunity to interact with patients in the hospital clinics.
Last year, the Outpatient’s Clinic held 886,725 appointments which means clinic waiting rooms are busy and dynamic places and the perfect environment to talk with and entertain patients.
The PIP meets community contribution requirements and exposes students to the diverse hospital environment for career considerations.
Interested in a PIP? Email us.
We’re at the forefront of science and inclusive practices.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is at the forefront of science and new technologies, as well as being a registered Art Gallery. We set ourselves apart from other hospitals by utilising supportive technologies and creating an inclusive environment.
Touring our Hospital allows your students the opportunity to learn about the ground-breaking medical science that happens every day. Our tours are interactive, seeing not just the physical space but also meeting staff, inspiring future doctors and nurses, or simply showing students a way to apply the inclusive practices to their own school.
Approximately 15% of children in Greater Sydney visit the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. The Hospital environment can be intimidating, by completing a tour students are familiarised with the processes within the hospital, and hopefully in the event they have to visit the hospital, it will be less scary.
Primary schools students of varying stages benefit from a hospital tour, meeting a range of curriculum outcomes in addition to the personal growth and development opportunities that inspire compassion and inclusive behaviour.
Here’s a list of curriculum outcomes that we can help you achieve through a tour
- English - Speaking and Listening 2; Communications Systems such as using sign systems to communicate and technologies for hearing and visually impaired communication.
- PDHPE - Role Play; What to do in an Emergency
- Visual Arts – Appreciating Artist and Audience; qualities of different artworks and why artists create art.
- English – Speaking and Listen 2; understand that languages have different written and visual communication systems
- Visual Arts – Appreciating
- Reasons for Artworks
- Varying Interpretations of artworks by different audiences
- Artist techniques and subject matter.
- Opportunities to view varying artworks
- PDHPE – Safe Practices, allergic reactions (signs, and symptoms) and identifies individuals and services in the community that help their wellbeing.
- Community Contribution
- Visual Arts – Appreciating
- Talks and writes about the meaning of artworks recognising how artworks can be valued in different ways
- Identifies reasons why artworks are made (commissioned, commemorative and purpose of artworks)
- Communicates about the ways in which subject matter is represented through artist intention, individual opinion and subject matter.
Interested in a Primary School Tour? Email us.
We’ve got art
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is a registered Art Gallery. Our collection includes artworks and sculptures that help create a whole healing environment .
The collection includes works by Ken Done, Bruce Armstrong , Tomokazu Matsuyama and Indigenous artist Lin Onus as well as over 1000 works contributed through the Operation Art program.
An Art tour will give your group the time to appreciate a huge variety of art and their role in creating a supportive and inspiring space. The connection between health and art is well documented and is an important aspect of our hospital.