Hip Wise 4 Kidz

Hip Wise 4 Kidz


Help stop the increasing trend of late diagnosed hip dysplasia. Support our crowdfunding campaign


As many as 1 in 50 newborns, in Australia, are being treated for hip dysplasia, yet 68% of parents feel minimally informed about this condition; that's after they have been told their child has the condition. Most have only ever heard of hip dysplasia occurring in dogs. When the first of my two girls was diagnosed I was bewildered. My second daughter's diagnosis, late in 2014, inspired me to set up Healthy Hips Australia.

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What we need your help with:

Hip Wise 4 Kidz is a crowdfunding campaign we are running to help us fund our awareness initiatives in a bid to stop the increasing trend of late diagnosed hip dysplasia in Australia.

One of our initiatives is to include hip dysplasia information in the Bounty Mother-To-Be Bag which reaches over 70% of pregnant women, and to have a presence at the Pregnancy, Babies & Children's Expos across Australia.

These are fantastic opportunities to raise awareness for hip dysplasia so that early diagnosis is maximised, risk factors such as tight swaddling over the hips & legs are minimised and those faced with treatment feel less overwhelmed than parents currently do.


In recent years late diagnosed developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) has tripled in Australia. Also known as hip dysplasia, this common condition occurs when the ball and socket of the hip do not fit together in their 'normal' position. Sometimes this is due to abnormal development and/or lack of growth of the hip joint.


It can result in months — and in some cases years — of medical treatment. Left undiagnosed, it’s one of the leading causes of early-onset arthritis of the hip. Despite this, parent awareness of DDH and factors influencing it in Australia is limited.

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Our crowdfunding goal is  $90 000 - really?

There are no health promotion strategies for hip dysplasia in Australia, so Healthy Hips Australia is working to change this. Unfortunately costs add up quickly and $90 000 would fund the Bounty Bags and get us stalls at the Expos.

We are approaching grant providers, as well as the government, for support for other awareness strategies but this can't wait.

Every donation and support for this means that one less family would be bewildered by a diagnosis of hip dysplasia. Please click 'Donate Now'  to make your contribution.

From the thousands of children and adults impacted by hip dysplasia and their families we thank you!


Sarah Twomey

(Healthy Hips Australia Founder and mum of two girls with hip dysplasia)


Important Information:

Healthy Hips Australia Ltd is licensed to collect on-line donations to support the work we do. Fundraising legislation varies for each state and territory. We are working towards registration in all states and territories. We are able to fundraise/accept donations from people in the following states and territories; Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Donations made over $2 are tax deductible. Our Australian Business Number is ABN 75 605 680 411.

Additional Links:

Hip Wise 4 Kidz Crowdfunding Page

About hip dysplasia

About Healthy Hips Australia

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