The Children's Hospital at Westmead

CAPAC-Community Acute Post Acute Care

When joining the team at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, you have chosen to work in an environment that strives for excellence in paediatric care. The CAPAC team reflects the hospital's vision, mission and values statement.

Our Mission

The Children's Hospital at Westmead will constantly challenge the existing boundaries in paediatrics and child health by leading change and striving for excellence in clinical care, research, teaching and advocacy.

CAPAC aims to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital and facilitate the early discharge of children with acute illnesses by providing ongoing interventions, assessment, education and support for the families in the comfort of their own home when clinically appropriate.

This is achieved in partnership with the child's Consultant, and/or Paediatrician to ensure that the child's ongoing medical and nursing needs are regularly evaluated during the course of the illness.

Our Values

CAPAC is a service that provides high quality Family Centred Care in the home environment, providing the link between hospital and the community.

Team members treat each other with respect and courteous behaviour to promote a positive work environment.

The role of the team member is to:

  • Provide high standard patient care
  • Maintain confidentiality amongst patients
  • Be a supportive practitioner for families and staff
  • Continually develop professionally
  • Be resourceful and openly share knowledge
  • Commitment, honesty and respect for self and others
  • Open communication and strong team work ethic
  • Achievable and realistic goal planning
  • Ongoing reflection of practice
  • Individualised care

Our values and beliefs in regard to work practice are:-

  • To strive and grow within one's self and to promote this in others to achieve and provide best practice.
  • To receive feedback in a professional, open manner.
  • To foster an environment that will build confidence

CAPAC Ward Philosophy

Committed team who
Acknowledge achievements & success, we are
Patient/family centred
Advocating for the
Child in the community

Supportive environment
Education focused
Respecting each other
Value individuality and experience
Individual care to suit our family needs
Communication between the family and teams (Home & Hospital)
Expertise in providing high standards of evidence based care


Opened in August 2008, our aim is to provide a range of 'Hospital in the Home' and 'Post Acute Care' services to children and their family who live within a one hour radius of The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

CAPAC operates as a 'virtual ward', equivalent to an in-patient admission. The team currently includes a NUM, Registered Nurses, Physiotherapist and Administration assistant.

While the initial patient groups were Cystic Fibrosis and Major skin Disorder, the service has expanded to include patients requiring a treatment that will reduce their length of hospital stay or avoid a hospital admission. This includes but is not limited to IVAB's, CPAP Initiation, medication administration and dressings for general medical, orthopaedic, surgical and sub speciality patient.

Our services include home intravenous antibiotics, dressings, physiotherapy, and education for children who would otherwise remain an inpatient of CHW


All new staff will participate in hospital orientation program as well as this an extensive ward orientation and package will be provided to every new staff member. Employees are required to be Category A vaccinated before commencement of employment.

Career Opportunities

CAPAC have a number of career pathways, including a clinical path, an educational path and management. Nursing staff have the support and opportunity to relieve in these positions.

Education Opportunities

Educational opportunities are available to nursing staff and are encouraged and supported where possible to attend professional courses/ conferences and study days relevant to practice.

Quality Improvement

CAPAC constantly strives to improve and challenge practice. We have a number of quality improvement/Projects, including models of care, electronic medical records and family satisfaction. As a team member within CAPAC you will have the opportunity to participate and lead projects.

Monthly staff meetings are also held to discuss ways to improve efficiency and productivity in the workplace.

Rostering Practice

Shift patterns of CAPAC are:-

D = 0730hrs - 1600 hrs
n = 1300 hrs - 2130 hrs

Shifts are flexible with requests made on the self-roster system catered for as best they can. Most requests are honored and annual leave is by arrangement.

Opening Hours

The service is open 7 days a week:
Monday - Sunday 7.30am 9.30pm

For more information contact Claire Blackburn, Nurse Unit Manager on (02) 9845 3856 or (02)9845 3857 page 7115 or email: