Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology
Little Heroes Foundation pledged $2 million towards the new Michael Rice Centre for Haematology & Oncology at Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. This state-of-the-art clinical treatment facility delivers comprehensive cancer and blood disorder services for infants, children and young people up to 18 years of age.
Our funding support provides first class inpatient and outpatient treatment and services to children and young people in South Australia and Northern Territory.
Digital MRI Machine
In February 2010 South Australian Health Minister, John Hill, announced the State Government was investing $2.3 million toward a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine for the Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH).
Little Heroes Foundation pledged a further $1 million towards this project.
An MRI uses magnetic field and radio frequencies to allow clinicians to see a very detailed cross-section of the body, including arteries, muscles, bones and the brain. The machine is a large cylinder with a couch that can move backwards and forwards through the cylinder and the pictures are taken inside.
This came after Little Heroes Foundation pledged $1 million towards the purchase of the WCH’s first MRI machine in 2002. At the time the WCH was the only children’s hospital in Australia that did not have an MRI machine. The WCH shared the MRI machine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and only children who were well enough to be transported to the RAH would receive a scan.
MRI Ambient Lighting Package
The MRI Ambient Lighting Package has transformed the new MRI suite into a more comfortable and less intimidating place for children, young people and their parents.
Children are able to select coloured and visual themes for the room whilst they are undergoing treatment, which provides them with a sense of control and can reduce levels of tension. In addition, patients can watch a DVD of their choice through special goggles and headphones.