Services for teens

Taking care of your health goes way beyond treating diseases and injuries. Your mental, social and physical health are interconnected, so we provide programs that care for all aspects of your wellbeing.

Take the time to browse through the different sections on this page to learn more about coming to the hospital and the services we have available for you.

Find out more about Adolescent Medicine Services at The Children's Hospital at Westmead or Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

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

Chronic illness peer Support (ChIPS)

ChIPS is an exciting adolescent peer support program that runs across Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network 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 young people for young people. The aim of the program is to connect you to a network of young people who are also living with a chronic condition, to share experiences, increase confidence, wellbeing, self-esteem and decrease social isolation. Over and above that, it is about creating a community and having fun with new friends.

After you are referred to ChIPS, you start by attending an introductory group where ChIPS peer leaders and coordinators facilitate workshops to introduce you to the program. These workshops involve activities and discussions where you have the opportunity to share your experiences of living with a chronic condition and how it impacts your life.

Once you have completed the introductory group, you are a full member of ChIPS and you are welcome to attend regular ChIPS social events and activities, such as movie nights, gaming events, bowling, Computer ChIPS (our online platform), creative arts workshops and the annual camp!

ChIPS camps are a great way to strengthen connections with your peers, they also provide an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone! We have a great team of hospital staff who come along to help make our camps fun and safe.

The program also provides many opportunities for developing leadership and life skills through program planning, advocacy, public speaking, and various workshops. ChIPS supports its members to develop and increase their skills and capacity through a facilitated peer-led process. More senior members of the program are involved in the organisation and running of events, social activities, and camps. All members are given an opportunity to be involved in developing leadership skills through participation in the ChIPS Reference Committee.

Join our Facebook Group!

ChIPS has recently expanded its service and is operating a closed Facebook community and group video chats, where peer leaders and coordinators run social events such as gaming and movie events, produce creative content such as DIY videos, upload artworks, links to virtual tours, podcasts, articles and facilitate large group creative projects!  

It's a great online service to support ChIPS members through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Already a member of ChIPS and want to sign up?

Not a member of ChIPS? Never mind, we'll talk you through the ChIPS membership process!

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 through 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