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Interactive wall enhances experience for NQ’s sick kids

23 November

A new interactive wall in the Townsville Hospital children’s ward is putting smiles on the faces of sick children in our region.

The wall was the brainchild of the Townsville Hospital Foundation who fundraised for the wall valued at $115,000.

Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board chair Tony Mooney said the interactive wall was an extension of the Children’s Ward which was redeveloped and officially opened in May this year.

“The Queensland Government funded $6.6 million to open the state of the art facility and the Townsville hospital foundation raised an impressive $1.2 million to contribute the extras such as this interactive wall,” he said.

“We know being in hospital is never any fun for children which is why we have worked together with the hospital foundation to ensure the ward is as vibrant and appropriate for young people as possible.”

Townsville Hospital Foundation General Manager Judy Higgins-Olsen said the wall was focussed on interactive digital play for sick children and their siblings.

“No child enjoys being hospital but we’re committed to doing everything we can to make sure that there is fun to be had while they are here,” she said.

“The wall uses a projector and digital screens to offer age-appropriate entertainment options to children ranging from 6 months to 17 years old.

“The wall is activated when a child approaches the wall and kinetic sensors react to movement.

“Children can immerse themselves in an underwater scene, change the appearance of the scenery, change the direction of fish and other marine life and scare away sharks all simply by moving and making gestures in front of the projected imagery.

“The screen can also be used for projection television shows as well as DVDs for family movie days and nights.

“The wall will also feature games for all ages and are height adjustable for our users in wheelchairs and for patients, siblings and family members of all statures.”

Children’s ward nurse unit manager Marissa Edmondson said the interactive wall had already been a hit with children and their siblings.

“It is great that we can offer something innovative, educational and fun for children while they are here,” she said.

“We’re really appreciate of the work The Townsville Hospital Foundation has put into decking our ward out to make it kid-friendly.”

Mrs Higgins-Olsen said the wall was created by local business NQAV.

“The Foundation is incredibly pleased to have collaborated with local company NQAV to deliver this very important project in an incredibly special part of the hospital,” she said.

“The joy and entertainment it will bring to those in the ward for years and years to come is priceless.”

Last updated: 20 December 2018