Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Fabio the Frog gives kids a say on hospital care

    9/01/2017 8:30 AM
    • Trial of National Paediatric Toolkit for children at PMH
    • Frog animation engages with patients as young as four
    • Versions available for variety of age groups and language skills 

    An animated frog will help survey the opinions of young patients at Princess Margaret Hospital and provide important feedback for staff and management.


    Announcing the trial of the National Paediatric Toolkit, Health Minister John Day said the innovative app had been developed especially for children.


    "The key to the mobile phone and tablet app is Fabio the Frog, an endearing character designed to engage with patients as young as four," Mr Day said.


    "Experience shows children are keen to get involved because of the way the questions are presented by Fabio."


    The survey was developed by the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom and includes versions tailored for various age groups and language skills.


    "We are fortunate to be able to use this toolkit, which has already been tested and adapted in other major paediatric hospitals," the Minister said.


    "A range of surveys are being used to ask children and their families about their experience with pain, privacy, dignity and consent as well as communication and respect.


    "This is about understanding children's personal experiences, to empower young patients to influence the care they receive."


    For the first time, the hospital will be able to measure the opinions of children and compare this with the experience of their families.


    Mr Day said it was expected that following the trial, the toolkit would continue to be used to survey children at Princess Margaret Hospital and the new Perth Children's Hospital.


    Fact File

    • The pilot is part of a nursing research project, funded through a Telethon scholarship
    • Results from the pilot will be collated at the end of January 2017
    • Future research into the surveys will focus on the differences identified between the voice of the child and the voice of the parent 

    Minister's office - 6552 6200


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