Kiddo Mag issue 20 OUT NOW
Someone pinch me… this is issue number 20.
When I left the job that I loved so much after 15 years with an idea to start KIDDO, I took a risk… a BIG one! I had an 8 month old baby and a 4 year old and was about to jump into the great unknown of working for myself and being a sole independent publisher. I remember someone saying “making the decision is the hardest part”, and so it was.
When I became a mother I desperately wanted to find something that reflected my new life. I wanted something that was both inspiring, educational, informative and also something that made me feel connected to this new reality I was suddenly a part of. I couldn’t find it… so I made it! KIDDO was born.
Together with Liv Williams (aka content manager and master of words and gags) we bring you something that we wished was around when we first had our babies. This issue is our annual party issue and also our DreamBIG Festival feature that is filled with incredible shows and events that will delight and inspire your little one.
We truly hope that you get as much JOY from reading KIDDO as we do in producing it for you.
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Loss of Crisis Funding for Women
The Marshall Liberal Government has cut funding to Catherine House, a vital organisation that offers crisis, longer term accommodation and support services for women experiencing homelessness.
For over 30 years Catherine House has provided crisis accommodation and longer-term support services for women experiencing homelessness in South Australia. It is the only specialist homelessness and recovery service for women in the State.
Catherine House was extremely disappointed to be advised of the State Government’s decision, through the Alliance tender process, to cease its National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) funding arrangement. Catherine House has been an integral part of the Adelaide CBD for more than 3 decades.
Catherine House is urgently seeking further information regarding the Government’s decision to award the funding to another consortium and calls on Government to ensure that there are alternative accommodation and support services in place for women to transition into when funding for the Catherine House program ceases.
Manager of Client Services, Deirdre Flynn said,
“The decision announced by Minister Lensink will have a very significant impact on our capacity to deliver our services. It effectively erases a third ($1.2m) of our current operating budget.
“If ever there was a time for our organisation to live up to our values and demonstrate the resilience, compassion and tenacity that has always been our hallmark – characteristics we see every day in the women we support – that time is now.
“Our clients have already suffered significantly in their lives and we exist to support them. Their best interests are and will remain at the heart of everything we do.”
Women now represent 44% of all people experiencing homelessness and women over the age of 55 are the fastest growing homelessness cohort.
NHHA part funds the Catherine House Crisis Accommodation Program that supports hundreds of women each year at risk of or experiencing homelessness across South Australia. These women often present with histories of domestic and family violence, mental health issues and poverty, as well as facing a critical lack of safe and affordable housing.
Catherine House can accommodate up to 59 women at any time and further supports hundreds of women through its Women’s Centre and outreach services.
Recently, Catherine House joined with leading national community housing provider, Housing Choices South Australia to do more together for South Australian women in need of long term, safe and secure housing.
General Manager of Housing Choices South Australia, Julie Duncan said,
“Catherine House is one of the most highly regarded providers of specialist services for women experiencing homelessness in Australia. We will stand by the women who rely on this support every step of the way, as we work through this significant change to the provision of homelessness services in South Australia.”
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New Neonatal Nurseries part of $50m upgrade at Women’s and Children’s Hospital
The state’s tiniest patients and their families are the utmost priority in the ongoing $50 million redevelopment being carried out across the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, with the first phase of Neonatal Nursery upgrades completed, and subsequent stages underway.
Building what matters for SA families
A brand-new purpose-built hospital – to be co-located with the Royal Adelaide Hospital – is currently in the planning stages, but in the meantime, extensive upgrades to the current WCH will ensure that South Aussie families continue to have access to modern health facilities.
Women and families will continue to be well taken care of at WCH, with the priority and extent of the upgrades carefully chosen to provide the biggest impact and ensure the current hospital continues to meet the needs of births, babies and beyond.
We have your sneak peek into the redevelopment plans and works underway so you can have a first look at how the significant upgrade will benefit children, parents and families while providing a healing and supportive environment to some of our most vulnerable newborn babies.
Neonatal Nursery Upgrades
Special Care Baby Unit
A new and improved Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) has been completed as part of the initial stages of the WCH upgrades. This beautiful space is used by families with premature babies or babies born with health complications who need to spend a little bit of extra time in hospital.
The new SCBU is a wonderful example of what the WCH team can do, with clinicians, staff and consumers working closely with the design team to create a spacious, calming and supportive environment where quality care can be delivered, and important services made available to some of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients.
A number of features of the new SCBU have come as a direct result of community and staff consultation including:
- A new family lounge area
- Additional space at the cot side for families and carers to spend quality time with their baby in comfort
- Isolation rooms for individual and twin babies
- Information panel at the nursery entrance where families can see which staff members are assigned to care for their infant
- A dedicated wash-up station for cleaning breast feeding equipment
- Staff call system in each cot space
- Introduction of programmed circadian lighting to promote neuro-developmental care
The larger space will also improve patient privacy and infection control while making families feel more comfortable during what is often a difficult and stressful time.
The next stage of the Neonatal Nursery redevelopment involves upgrading the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the area that cares for the sickest and most vulnerable babies in the state.
Family centred care is a focus of the NICU upgrade, with larger cot spaces, single patient rooms for improved privacy and infection control, and a multi-purpose room for palliative care patients allowing families or carers to stay overnight.
While the works are underway the team at WCH are making sure patients and families are kept as comfortable as possible, including providing tiny earmuffs for the littlest patients, if need be.
The redevelopment of the NICU is scheduled to be completed mid 2021.
New spaces will make a huge difference to families doing it tough
The importance of both the NICU and the SCBU is something mum of two, Amy Purling, knows all too well after the Women’s and Children’s Hospital became something of a home away from home for herself and two sons, James (age 5) and Jack (22 months) over the past 5 years.
Both boys were born prematurely and spent time in both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Baby Unit.
With firsthand experience of the emotional challenge families face when spending so much time in and out of hospital, Amy says the new spaces will make a huge difference for those going through tough times.
“The new SCBU is so bright and spacious and will help families feel calm in the uncertainty that can come from having a child in the nursery,” Amy said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the upgrades.”
Further Upgrades to the WCH
Other future upgrades to the WCH include:
- Child Adolescent Mental Health Ward relocation and redevelopment with outdoor space and High Dependency area.
- Paediatric Emergency Department redevelopment, with improved triage area, dedicated Mental Health Assessment Spaces and three extra treatment areas.
- Operating Theatres refurbishment in their current locations.
- Engineering and ICT infrastructure upgrades.
So many people in the community have expressed an interest in being involved in the planning of the next phase of WCH, showing just how invested South Australians are in the iconic Hospital and wider network. The WCH will continue to engage with the community to ensure they provide services that support health and wellbeing and make South Australia proud.
Get involved in planning for the new WCH, by registering your interest:
Learn more about the upgrades and the new WCH:
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NAB Mini Legends returns in 2021
Imagine waking up one morning and realising you’ve become your favourite player…
Yep, you guessed it; the NAB Mini Legends are back for 2021, showcasing some of the AFL’s most recognised players in miniature, with two AFLW and three AFL players receiving the coveted honour, including one Adelaide Crow in the mix!
Celebrating its fifth edition, this year’s iteration of the NAB Mini Legends campaign highlights NAB’s commitment to football, supporting the next generation of stars to the legends of the game. It brings to life the enthusiasm that children around Australia have for the game, connecting them with their idols from both the AFL and NAB AFLW.
The NAB Mini Legend 2021 line up
The latest NAB Mini Legends features mini versions of Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs), Sabrina Frederick (Richmond), Stevie-Lee Thompson (Adelaide), Zach Tuohy (Geelong) and Mitch Robinson (Brisbane Lions).
The campaign also includes Geelong Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield and highlights his crusade to achieve the ultimate prize – to become a NAB Mini Legend.
Thinking 2021 is his year, Dangerfield is shocked to find that his teammate Zach Tuohy has instead received the coveted honour.
Bringing to life the best aspects of footy
NAB Executive Group Marketing, Suzana Ristevski said the return of NAB Mini Legends brought the best aspects of footy to life.
“The NAB Mini Legends campaign highlights the joy football brings out in all of us, young and old,” Ms Ristevski said. “We’re proud to support the game that gives us so much, both at a local and elite level in communities across the country. We can’t wait to share the next chapter of NAB Mini Legends with all footy families.”
The passion of our future generation
AFL Executive General Manager Customer and Commercial, Kylie Rogers said the AFL was thrilled to have the much-loved campaign back on screens.
“Grassroots football has never been more important to local communities,” Ms Rogers said. “In partnership with the AFL, NAB AFL Auskick provides a pathway for junior footballers to develop their skills on and off the field. “The new NAB Mini Legends campaign harnesses the passion of our future generation and fosters the enthusiasm children have for our game.”
The campaign launches Friday 26 March with a television ad, during the Friday night blockbuster between Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions.
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