Your support has helped turn stressful situations for kids into a little bit of fun!

Posted 7 Jan 2022

The Paediatric Emergency Department (ED) is a busy place where children, their families and staff are regularly faced with stressful situations.

Thanks to your support, families visiting the Flinders Paediatric ED are now being met by a more welcoming, child-friendly environment.

Research suggests that visual art within clinical environments, and in particular artwork representing nature and landscapes, can be beneficial in a patient’s mental and physical rehabilitation.

To improve the patient and staff experience and reduce stress on children and families, the Paediatric ED has been re-decorated with bright and colourful artwork. Visitors walk into an underwater adventure, with graphics of South Australian marine life on the walls and windows.

Paediatric ED Acting Nurse Unit Manager Megan Eastaughffe said children, families and staff were all enjoying the new artwork.

“The graphics are fantastic. The way they have been designed means they add colour and interest, and a feeling of calm,” Megan said.

“I have been able to use the graphics for distraction from procedures, or while Mum or Dad needs to run to the bathroom! We play games with children – can you find the dolphin?

“Where is the shark? What is this creature called?”

"The graphics have been valuable for making the area less intimidating, procedures more tolerable and, overall, a more pleasant experience for everyone."

The graphic artwork was co-designed by Cheesman Architects, Elevation Design and Kaurna artist and creative advisor, Karl Telfer.

Thank you for your continued support to improve the hospital experience for children and families. 


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