Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Lotterywest Grant To Brighten Hospital Stays For Children
Victor P Taffa
Children staying in hospital will have the latest entertainment technology at their fingertips thanks to a Lotterywest grant to upgrade 35 mobile Starlight Fun Centres across Western Australia.
Health Minister Kim Hames today presented a Lotterywest cheque for $160,000 to the Starlight Children’s Foundation to fund the project.
“Each portable entertainment unit will have a fresh new look, including a DVD player, games console and the latest movies and games.” Dr. Hames said.
“The machines can be wheeled to a patient’s bedside. They help ease boredom and provide a much needed distraction for hospitalised children and adolescents.”
“The State Government, through Lotterywest, is helping make a child’s hospital stay a little brighter.”
Patients admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital, as well as children in other city and regional hospitals, will have access to the improved machines.
“Many children and young people will live with their condition all their lives and I would like to thank The Starlight Children’s Foundation for helping provide a healing environment that includes entertainment, diversion, fun, laughter and joy.” the Minister said.