Services for teens

Trapeze

 

Do you have a chronic health condition? Are you concerned about moving to the adult health system and navigating it on your own?

If you are, or have been, a patient of Sydney Children’s Hospital or The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Trapeze can help you.

Trapeze is a supported leap into adult care. The friendly staff can help you through:

  • developing stronger links with a GP or medical specialist                                                                                                          
  • face-to-face and telephone support
  • facilitate care coordination
  • health coaching
  • navigating the health system
  • making sure you have entitlements and your own Medicare card

Contact: Call 9382 5457 or email Trapeze

Trapeze is located at The Bright Alliance, Level 7, Centre for Adolescent and Young Adult Health, Corner of High and Avoca Street, Randwick.

For more information about transitioning from The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick to adult care, click here.

ChIPS

ChIPS is an exciting adolescent peer support program at The Children's Hospital at Westmead for young people aged 12-25 years who are living with a chronic illness or condition that affects their day-to-day lives.

The program is run by adolescents for adolescents. It includes you in a network of young people also living with a chronic illness. Chances are they will have experienced some of the same thoughts and feelings you are experiencing.

After you are referred to ChIPS, you start by attending introductory groups where we talk about all the things that impact on your life, including your illness. These are run by a young person who is already a member of ChIPS, as well as the ChIPS Coordinator.

After you have completed these groups, you are a full member of ChIPS and can come along to anything we offer, including socials (outings to places like bowling, laser tag, pizza nights, IMAX, parks, and more) and our annual camp!

ChIPS camps are a great way to strengthen bonds with young people you have met in your introductory groups and at socials, as well as challenging yourself to break through your perceived barriers to achieve more than you ever thought you could! We have a great team of hospital staff who come along to help make our camps extra fun.

We also run leadership training every year to help you develop skills in communication, public speaking and working with teams. If you are interested, you may also have the opportunity to teach health professionals at conferences and in education sessions about the experiences of young people living with chronic illness.

If you would like more information on the ChIPS Program please email Polly Cameron or phone (02) 9845 2446.

The Youth Arts and Groupwork Programs

Join in with the Groupwork Program which runs in the Department of Adolescent Medicine, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, on level one of the Hospital most weekday afternoons from 2-3.30pm. Adolescent patients who are high-school aged from around the Hospital are able to attend group sessions which give the opportunity to socialise with other patients in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Sessions range widely in nature, most activities are based around creative arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, jewellery making, sewing etc but others may be leisure based fun competitions such as trivia, 'Minute to Win It' and 'Wheel of Fortune' or psychosocial and talking groups where we look at helpful life skills though creative activities.

The Youth Arts Program also offers individual sessions to patients of the hospital. The artists can work on individual projects with patients, either at their bedside or in the purpose built arts room in The Department of Adolescent Medicine.

The Youth Arts Program artists also coordinate a number of Community Cultural Development art projects each year. Look out for our annual art competition and other opportunities to engage in the range of projects available. Recent projects have included Well Coloured The Animal Escape colouring book, a 'blockified' renovation of the child life therapy’s dolls house and a digital animation workshop with Digi-Ed in collaboration with the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick.

View past projects.

For more information, email the Arts Coordinators,

Elise Franke elise.franke@health.nsw.gov.au  or

Michelle Mathyi michelle.mathyi@health.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9845 2446.  

Livewire

By day, Livewire delivers activities on the wards, whilst at night, the Starlight Express Room becomes a teen hangout. A chill out zone where you can be social, connect with others, chat with the Livewire Facilitators or take part in a fun workshop.  

 Some of the fantastic workshops in the Starlight Express Room are light photography, nerf gun challenges, screen printing on t-shirts, tie dying or just hanging out and listening to music. The Livewire Facilitators can also come to your ward to chat with you at your bedside.  

We're around 1pm - 7:30pm:

Everyday at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Monday to Saturday at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick 

 

To contact the Livewire Facilitators text or call:  

Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick – 0420 892 334 

The Children's Hospital at Westmead – 0405 580 754 

livewire.westmead@starlight.org.au