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Newcastle, NSW

A joint initiative of the Nicholas Trust Charity and the Hunter New England Health Network, the John Hunter Children’s Hospital Paediatric Palliative Care project involved the design of clinical space in the existing paediatric wards for end-of-life in hospital care of children. Clinical patient areas with full medical services were combined with extended family stay areas, incorporating amenity and flexibility to make the stay as comfortable as possible. The challenge of creating a comforting environment within the constraints of infection control, OH&S and clinical considerations was successfully balanced.

JHCH Paediatric Palliative Care