Children and Young People

West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of Children and Young People.

We are required to follow laws to keep children and young people safe. These laws include:

Children Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005

Children Youth and Families Act 2005

Family Violence Protection Act 2008

Children’s Week October 2023

To celebrate Children’s Week 2023 (October 21-29) West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG) ran a competition asking children and young people to share with us their experiences of healthcare professionals – we were interested in hearing both good and bad experiences and welcomed suggestions for improvements.

The winning entries for the Children’s Week competition were be judged by WGHG’s Youth Representative group. There were three age groups who could enter (Preschool, Primary School and Secondary School).

Winning Entries:

Secondary School Winner: Abigale













Primary School Winner: Jaik












Preschool Winner: Nieve



Child Safe Newsletter

To ensure that parents, carers and community members are aware of what we are doing as an organisation to keep children and young people safe we have a quarterly newsletter which you can subscribe to  below.

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Child Safe Organisation

As an organisation providing services to children and young people WGHG are required to meet the Victorian Child Safe Standards and Prinicples for Child Safe Organisations.


West Gippsland Healthcare Group Child Wise Accreditation
West Gippsland Healthcare Group Accreditation Certificate

WGHG work closely with Child Wise to be assessed against these standards and in September 2022, were re-accredited as a Child Safe Organisation. 

WGHG were accredited at a Bronze level meaning all the standards are embedded throughout the organisation.

WGHG continues to be the only healthcare provider in Australia to be accredited as a child safe organisation 

In working towards the standards we are keen to hear from children and young people and ensure they have a say in organisational issues.  

Further information about the Victorian Child Safe standards can be found on the Commission for children and young people website.

Youth Community Voices Group

Any children or young people wishing to be involved in our youth community voices group can express their interest by one of the following methods.


Children and young people are also invited to provide feedback via our Children & Young Persons Feedback form.

You don’t have to write it down. You can… 

Statement of commitment to children and young people 

“West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG) is committed to providing all children and young people with a positive experience of healthcare, where they are safe and feel safe, where they are consulted and empowered, where their voices are heard, and where the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is everyone’s responsibility”.

 See our full statement of commitment to children and young people.