Shout Out for the AWCH Library!

I’ve currently got some DVD’s out on loan, and was appreciating being able to watch such ‘hard to find’ titles so I thought I should share.

The AWCH Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare library is amazing, not to mention their librarians. The library link is here

When I was studying the Graduate Diploma in Play Specialty they were such a HUGE help. My course was by correspondence, and with their help I could access all the information I needed about children in hospital, illness, wellbeing, play, play in healthcare, medical play, distraction, developmental play… yes, it was a very long list.

They also have resources of books, posters, movies, etc that are hard to find, or now out of print. So what DVD’s am I currently borrowing?

A Two Year Old Goes to Hospital. 

2 yr old

A film from Robertsonfilms made in 1952 which shows the visit of a 2 year old in hospital which highlighted the impact on a child of parental absence on a child in a foreign environment. It was used and is often referred to to advocate for a child’s needs, and for the importance of parental presence and involvement in healthcare.

I had already read James Robertson’s book, “Young Children in Hospital”,  watched short segments of the film and read it being referred to a lot so I decided it was time to finally watch it in it’s entirety! It was worth it, to observe the whole experience of the 2 year old.

Keeping with the theme I decided to watch AWCH’s film production…

Please Don’t Leave Me.

This film was made in 1979 and observed three different children as they go through their hospital experience. It was deliberately left unnarrated so that viewers could draw their own conclusions. Link here 
I have a link here if you want to look at photos of children in hospital from years ago, to see how things have changed. What I always notice the most is the absence of parents and I am very grateful this has changed.
AWCH advocated for the importance of parents being able to stay in the hospital, for play opportunities for children, and parental presence during anaesthesia in Australia. Go AWCH!

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