Telethon funding confirmed for vulnerable infants and families

A grant application to fund ‘Angel Eyes’ camera systems for our Murdoch and Subiaco NICUs and Special Care Nurseries has been successful.

27 Mar 2023

Caregiver holding newborn baby

Last week, Channel 7 Telethon Trust formally announced the organisations and charities that will benefit from funding in 2023, and for the first time St John of God Foundation has been awarded a Telethon grant.

Funding will directly help families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Nursery at both St John of God Murdoch and St John of God Subiaco Hospitals, through the purchase of ‘Angel Eyes’ camera systems. Hannah and Fat Cat

The Angel Eyes camera system provides live video streaming from NICU and Special Care Nursery cots, allowing parents and other family members to watch their vulnerable infants in real time, no matter where they are located.

“For families of newborn babies whose first few days, weeks or even months are spent in the NICU or Special Care Nursery, the joy of their baby’s arrival can be tempered by the anxieties brought on by separation and the strain of managing visits,” says CEO St John of God Foundation Bianca Pietralla.

“The Angel Eyes camera system can help to bring comfort and connection to families during this challenging time, and is the very definition of the compassionate care that we pride ourselves on at St John of God Health Care.”

Last year, St John of God Subiaco and Murdoch Hospitals welcomed almost 5,000 babies into the world, of which, 924 were treated in NICU or special care nurseries. During long stays, parents will often stay with their vulnerable infants for as many hours as they can, which can cause distress for other family members and reduce the opportunity for mothers to heal after childbirth. 

This Angel Eyes camera system is a simple and secure solution that provides reassurance, reduces anxiety and allows parents to feel more connected and involved in the care of their newborn.

The Angel Eyes camera systems are expected to arrive in hospitals in 2023.