Honouring the voices of severely ill children.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Achievements and awards)
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 9
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Persons: Named Person: Ward, Cynthia
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 210919903
Full Text: Being awarded the Flora Cameron Award, established to mark NZNO's centenary, was a real honour, said recipient Cynthia Ward (pictured right), founder of Hamilton's True Colours Charitable Trust.

Accepting her $2000 award for her winning essay from Nursing Education and Research Foundation member Maureen Laws, Ward paid tribute to 12-year-old Adam who had a brain tumour and taught her what was important to him as a sick child. "Adam taught me about the importance of listening to the voices of children.

He wanted health professionals to listen to him, not his parents, when they asked about what he needed or was feeling as he lived with a life-threatening illness.

"In all our busyness, it is easy to overtook the patient and the whanau who are hurting. We must show people we are there for them, despite the busyness of our work."

Since establishing True Colours five years ago, thanks to a great deal of community support, Ward has experienced the deaths of 67 children. "That's a huge amount of grief and sadness for families. But it is so important to honour the children who walk this journey. At any one time, the trust supports around 130 families, from the time of diagnosis through to the child's recovery or death."


An article developed from Ward's essay about her holistic model of care for seriously ill children is on pp20-22 of this issue.

Conference coverage by co-editors Teresa O'Connor and Anne Manchester
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