Day of Difference Foundation
Every day more than 20 Australian children are rushed to emergency with life-threatening brain, spinal, burns and other critical injuries. Sophie Delezio was one of those children in 2003. We can't stop injuries from happening. We wish we could. But together we can support critically injured children and their families to achieve the best possible recovery through our new world first Family Support Program. The Family Supporrt Program is now our flagship initiative that provides vital, practical support to families during the trauma, keeping the family unit strong and providing the best possible environment for recovery. Medical research has shown that the more positive and empowered a parent can be during the child’s hospitalisation the better chance the child has of recovery. There are also secondary benefits. Divorce and depression are prolific in families of critically injured children. By supporting parents better, we keep the family unit healthier and improve the quality of life for the child and family after their day of difference. Day of Difference proposes to place Family Support Coordinators in all paediatric trauma hospitals across Australia. The program is planned to commence in the fourth quarter of 2011 with the placement of the first Day of Difference funded Family Support Coordinator at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in New South Wales. The placement of our second Day of Difference funded Family Support Coordinator will be at The Mater Hospital at Brisbane in Queensland. We expect the placement to be complete by June 2012, if not before. Our short term vision is to have a Day of Difference funded Family Support Coordinator present in every paediatric trauma hospital throughout Australia by June 2013. Their restricted numbers will mean that they will only be able to work with the parents of children who are the most critically injured. The projected annual cost of this pilot will exceed $1.5 million. To fulfill the support requirements of all parents with critically injured children in paediatric trauma hospitals across Australia, the projected annual cost is likely to exceed $4 million.
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