In consultation with Humpty’s Medical Subcommittee, we have selected these pieces of equipment as top priorities for the hospitals and health services that have requested them. They will really make a huge difference to babies and children.

If you have any questions or would like any further information on any of the pieces below, please call Humpty on (02) 9419 2410 or email humpty@humpty.com.au for assistance. 

Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service of NSW (NETS NSW) Bankstown Airport Base 

Specialist paediatric ambulances (five required): $274,000 per ambulance 

NETS NSW operates a 24/7 state-wide service for sick and injured babies and children in need of specialist medical and emergency care. The highly specialised NETS ambulances take medical teams and equipment to the bedside of critically ill or injured babies and children across NSW and allow patients to be safely transported to hospitals while receiving intensive care en route. These ambulances have capacity, facilities and functionality not available in the fleet of the NSW Ambulance Service and are specially designed to safely accommodate even the tiniest of patients needing intensive care and transportation. Each NETS ambulance carries two of the NETS life support systems at any time, and the road fleet retrieves patients from up to 400km from Sydney (further in situations where air retrieval is not possible). While in service these lifesaving ambulances will each transport over 2000 patients aged 0-16. Donated vehicles can include prominent donor branding and acknowledgement on the exterior and interior, and donors will be offered a tour of the amazing Bankstown facility along with substantial media and publicity supported by NETS NSW and Humpty. 

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead 

Fibroscan Transient Elastography

A FibroScan is a specialized ultrasound machine that allows an instant measure of scarring (liver fibrosis) and steatosis (fatty change in the liver) and means sick children don’t have to be subjected to as many invasive procedures.  

It also means timely diagnosis and urgent treatments, because time is everything when it comes to childhood liver disease. Westmead Liver Transplantation Centre is the main paediatric liver transplantation centre in Australia and looks after children with liver disease all over Australia. Westmead is also the main surgical unit of this nature in our country and since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, the liver transplant team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead have performed 18 liver transplants and conducted 22 liver assessments.