Important dates to remember
WCHN Volunteers Christmas Luncheon
12.00 for 12.30 pm, Friday 2 December 2016
Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor
Samuel Way Building, WCH
International Volunteers Day
Monday 5 December 2016
wonderful people as you to assist them.
It doesn’t matter where you volunteer or
what you do, you make a difference. I hear
many of your stories and read much
feedback from consumers and staff about
how much you are appreciated and the
impact you make.
It takes more than a physical and mental
act to volunteer; it takes a decision of the
heart. Thank you.
Thank you too, to Cynthia and Linda for all
their hard work that contributed to a
successful awards event and to their
commitment to support all the volunteers
Manager, WCHN Volunteers
On Friday 26 August we
celebrated the WCHN
Volunteers Service Awards
with 22 out of the 39 award
recipients present to accept
their award from Jenny Fereday,
Executive Director, Nursing & Midwifery,
The awards ranged from 100 hours to
26,000 hours of service and 5 years to 25
years of service. What an amazing
The Women’s and Children’s Health
Network is a special organisation at which
to volunteer and work. I think we are all
privileged to be part of people’s lives at an
often significant time and our consumers
are especially lucky to have such
Welcome to New Volunteers
The following volunteers have commenced with the Volunteer Unit since June 2016. We give you a warm
welcome and thank you for your commitment to volunteering with the WCHN.
Cassia Ward Family Support
In 2015, Quoc Nguyen (pictured) was selected as the TeamKids Staff
Exhibition Award Winner which provided the opportunity for the artist to
have his own solo exhibition in 2016 at the Women’s and Children’s
Quoc was a member of the Digital Media team in the Centre for Educa-
tion and Training at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network and
now works as a graphic designer in the New Royal Adelaide
Hospital Project Office as part of the Central Adelaide Local Health Net-
For his solo exhibition, Quoc has produced a stunning set of watercol-
our and ink paintings.
Quoc left his home in the Mekong Delta in 1990 and came to Australia
as a refugee. After viewing some of Quoc’s artwork, an Australian offi-
cial suggested Quoc live in South Australia to foster his evident love
of art as he believed Quoc was definitely a ‘good fit’ with Adelaide’s
strong art culture. In 1998, Quoc completed his Year 12 at Thebarton
High School and graduated in graphic design in 2001.
Quoc’s exquisite paintings clearly show his skills in combining ink and
watercolour painting and linking traditional Vietnamese watercolour
techniques with Australian content. Quoc loves the rich subject matter
offered in Australia, including birds, animals and trees. While his graph-
ic design work and visual art complement each other, his art provides
the opportunity to relax, whereas his graphic design work is quite exact-
“Painting is very important to my life because when I come home after
work and sit down to look at my paintings I feel happy and not useless,”
Quoc said. “I am alive and I see some things that are beautiful around
me. I feel life has changed a lot for me since I was in Vietnam. When I
was there, I couldn’t do
what I wanted to do, and what I wanted to do was paint.”
Quoc’s work is now on display in Gallery C at the WCH.
Reprinted from Around Our Region
Quoc’s delicate brushwork depicts beauty of changing seasons
This article and photo is reprinted from the local Barossa paper and
acknowledges new volunteers Margaret Lewis and Wendy Wigan
with long term volunteer Johanna Hahn and parents from an Early
A world-class ensemble of performers from the Adelaide Guitar Festival recently gave two concerts for patients
at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Part of the Festival’s Resonance Program, the initiative aims to bring the festival experience to those who
otherwise cannot attend. Performers at the hospital included the Guitar Festival Director and classical guitar
virtuoso Slava Grigoryan, Australian String Quartet cellist Sharon Draper, blues guitarist Cal Williams Jr; and
flamenco artists Aloysius Leeson and Kristy Manuel.
The concerts took place in the Starlight Express Room and in the Day of Surgery Admissions area of the
hospital and provided several hours of entertainment for both patients and staff.
The concerts were arranged by TeamKids/Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation as part of the TeamKids
Arts in Health program.
Reprinted from Around Our Region
Guitar Festival visit
Sharon Draper (Cello) and Slava Grigoryan (guitar) performing in the Starlight Express Room.
A Guide’s story
The Guide Team Role
Coming to hospital as a consumer or visitor, can
sometimes be stressful and confusing. The Women’s
and Children’s Hospital Guide Team provides volun-
teer support to welcome and assist consumers, their
families, and visitors to the hospital. The Guide Team
plays an important part in helping people to confident-
ly navigate the hospital and to find the right clinical or
The Guide Services Team operates from a base in
the hospital entrance foyer in Kermode Street.
Working as a Volunteer Guide
In 2014 and 2015 there were several events that
changed my busy life leaving me lost and in need to
offer myself in a caring role somewhere in the com-
munity. My niece suggested the Women’s & Chil-
Applying on-line to become a volunteer was challeng-
ing as I hadn’t needed a resume for a long time but
thankfully Lis and Cynthia gave me the opportunity to
join the newly formed Guide Team set to commence
May 2016. During March and April I joined around 40
others for some training sessions, plus group and
personal interviews. Negotiating myself around the
hospital prior to commencing as a guide using Cyn-
thia’s directions was a challenge in itself and left me
wondering how I would ever be able to get consum-
ers from A to B, or B to C, etc.
May 11 was my first initiation along with two other
hard working guides Isabella and David. We were all
quite overwhelmed with the number of inquiries and
queries that we were not prepared for on that day. I
managed to guide people around the hospital with-
out too many hitches, except for the last query.
Thankfully the family were understanding as it took
me around fifteen minutes to get them from A to E
As a guide we assist many consumers as they enter
from Kermode Street. We may either direct them to
a specified location, or physically walk with them to
their destination. Walking with the consumer is my
favourite part of being a guide as I can chat to them
and know when they reach their destination they
are often more relaxed. Every shift gives us guides
many unexpected challenges as there are many
requests we don’t always have the answer for, such
as some consumers who lose or forget their ap-
pointment paperwork. But after being in the role for
three months the questions are now less daunting.
The opportunity to help a stressed family member
feel a little more relaxed being in a large hospital
complex is rewarding and I personally feel very
blessed to be in this position. Working with the other
guides is enjoyable as they are a friendly, intelligent
and hard-working team, always willing to assist. Al-
so, having the support of Lis, Cynthia, Allan and
Linda makes the role more enjoyable and very man-
ageable. I look around the hospital and only ever
see happy volunteers whether it be in the café or
elsewhere and know the management team have
contributed to making the environment a happier
place for all who enter this hospital..
Researching creepy crawlies
High up in lofty perch of the seventh floor in the Samuel Way Building you can look right and squint to find a
door with a plain piece of paper blue-tacked with the an inscription simply reading ‘Toxinology Department’.
Yes, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital has one.
Inside that door is a staff of three dedicated doctors who spend their days making sure that suspicious spider
bite you attained won’t cause you too much distress or perhaps prevent that dodgy mushroom you found
making you swear off soup for life.