Children's Hospice Network

1st Prize 2012

Country: Austria

Region: Vienna

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Disability, Family, Health

Project owner: Verein Netz

Responsible person: Sabine Reisinger

Website: Weblink

What is it about?

The Children’s Hospice team offers families with terminally ill children or adolescents free medical and nursing care, as well as psychosocial care, including the financial and practical aspects of everyday life. The sick children themselves are distinguished from their siblings and relatives. In addition to paid specialists and children’s hospital nurses from Moki Vienna, 22 specially trained volunteers assist in delivering mobile-ambulatory care. External services, especially, are also coordinated, namely paediatricians, paediatric intensive care stations, the youth welfare office, the police, and schools/kindergartens. To date, more than 20 families have been assisted, to varying degrees, including after the death of their child in some cases.

Appreciation of the Jury

The children's hospice network is unique in German-speaking countries in providing this combination of services. What is of central importance is that the illness is not considered in isolation from its social context. The work of the children’s hospice team is needs-driven. Instead of erecting parallel structures, it createsones that are connected and complementary, and it highlights the need for health policy action in the field of palliative and terminal care for children and adolescents. Financed almost exclusively through private donations, the network strives to integrate children’s palliative care into the public health system through its own advocacy work, which is in part political. We hope that with this award we can help you in this work.