Youth arts programs


Inpatient arts program (Adolescent Medicine unit)

Outpatients youth arts program 

Inpatient youth arts program (Adolescent Medicine unit)

Adolescent patients from around the hospital can attend the groupwork program for the opportunity to socialise with other patients in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Most activities are based around creative arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, jewellery making, sewing etc but there's also 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.

We offer individual sessions to hospital patients too. The artists can work on individual projects with patients, either at their bedside or in the purpose-built arts room in the Adolescent Medicine department. 

The inpatient arts program artists coordinate community cultural development art projects each year. 

When and where

Join the groupwork program which runs in the Department of Adolescent Medicine. 

  • The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Level 1
  • Most weekday afternoons from 2-3.30pm. 

Individual sessions can happen at the bedside or in the purpose-built arts room in the Adolescent Medicine department. 

Annual art competitions

Look out for our annual art competition and other opportunities to engage in our projects.

 Recent projects:

  • Well Amused,  a 'fully sick' magazine for CHW teens
  • Well Coloured, The Animal Escape colouring book
  • A 'blockified' renovation of the child life therapy’s dolls house
  • Digital animation workshop with Digi-Ed in collaboration with the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Outpatient youth arts program

The outpatient youth arts program is run by our Youth and transition service.  We empower and promote holistic health-care access, utilising arts practice and projects to optimise health and wellbeing for young people living with chronic health conditions and disability.

This youth-led program works with clinical teams to find creative ways to communicate health care information, enhance health literacy, support young people to build skills in self-management and independence and improve access to services.

Last updated Friday 5th April 2024

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