The Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH) is a national not-for-profit organisation that has been advocating for the needs of children, young people and their families within the healthcare system in Australia since 1973.
AWCH works in partnership with: children, young people, and their families, health professionals, the NSW Ministry of Health and the broader community, to ensure that the psychosocial needs of children, young people and their families are recognised and met.
The best possible healthcare for children and young people.
To advance the wellbeing of children and young people receiving healthcare.
The Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare, AWCH (formerly the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital) was established on 15 February 1973 as a voluntary organisation. It consisted of both professional and non-professional people who were interested in promoting the non-medical needs of children and their families in hospital and health care.
Over the years AWCH has been the voice for children and their families in the health care system. Being a non-government organisation, we are able to bring consumer pressure to make changes in the psychosocial care of children in hospitals. AWCH has been instrumental in the introduction of: