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Wednesday, 6 July 2005

Dad’s the word at Sydney Children’s Hospital

Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick is working to make fathers feel more comfortable and engaged with the roll-out of the Fathers Friendly project.

Research has shown that most hospital communications target mothers and there is not a proactive approach to engaging fathers.
Sydney Children’s Hospital is hoping to remedy this problem with a series of initiatives being introduced this year.

“We’re looking at everything from changing the physical environment to make it more welcoming to fathers, to ensuring we address letters to both parents and communicate with fathers as well as mothers when the parents don’t reside together,” said Nurse Executive Fellow Richard Clift.

“Also, staff have already begun attending workshops designed to help health professionals engage fathers.”

Richard said Child and Family Nurse Michelle Woods had been addressing this issue at Mascot Early Childhood Centre with a successful Saturday morning clinic more accessible to dads.

“We’re now keen to use her ideas and feedback from around the hospital to make improvements across the board,” he said.

“Changes will be implemented over the next six months and then we’ll review our progress with an audit towards the end of the year.”

For Further Information Contact:

Iain Robinson, Public Affairs Department on (02) 9382 3578 or 0404 001 722.

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