patient experiences

The Foundation on the frontline

We’re funding happiness for patients and their families

Hospitals can be a frightening place for children and their families.

Beyond funding ground-breaking research, innovative technology and equipment, education and training programs and world-class expertise, we support positive patient experiences.

Positive patient experience is related to children experiencing less anxiety, creating positive memories of their visit, and enhancing positive self esteem.

Our generous donors enable us to fund educational materials and therapeutic experiences for patients and their families. 

Children are at the heart of what we do—and their happiness always comes first.

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Fun on Four is back open!

Opening hours are currently Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Please note, it is now hospital policy that all visitors under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult to and from Fun on Four, and visitors under 10 years old must have an adult stay with them at all times in Fun on Four.

For your safety, ensure you continue to practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Please also be aware there will be limits in place on the number of people in Fun on Four at any one time.

Fun on Four

Boasting a library, movie theatre, games nook, arts and crafts corner, and toys galore, Fun on Four is a place for the kids we support to relax, unwind and heal through happiness.

Fun on Four continues Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation’s long history of funding positive patient experiences. Kids can create positive memories at the hospital, with a number of programs running to help kids access the healing nature of play.

We see an average of 80 children a day and offer purposeful play, recreation activities and a creative learning environment for children and adolescents of all ages and abilities.

Keeping Fun on Four fully staffed, with up-to-date resources like arts and crafts, books and more, is thanks in full to our generous donors.

Beyond donating money, supplies and services, we’re lucky enough to have some of our corporate sponsors volunteer their time at Fun on Four.


Artist in residence

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Beyond groundbreaking research, world-class expertise and training and innovative equipment and technology—we fund positive patient experiences. Helping children heal through happiness is one of the greatest impacts we can have on the day-to-day lives of children and their families who frequent Perth Children’s Hospital.

One of the ways the Foundation supports these positive experiences is through the Hospital’s Artist in Residence program. This Foundation-funded initiative delivers creative workshops in genres like animation, printmaking, sculpture, collage, painting, photography, textiles, storytelling, singing, music and dance to patients. Our Artist in Residence makes bedside and waiting room visits, and teaches in classrooms and recreation centres like Fun on Four.

In 2018 and 2019, our Artist in Residence was Steven Aiton, who taught animation workshops to patients in a ten month period. Check out some of the animation shorts Steven and the kids created!

We can’t wait to share future news about the Artist in Residence program, and the exciting projects we have in the works.

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