Medical teams and allied health professionals
We work closely with medical staff and allied health professionals to better understand the needs of our students and the ways we can support them. Our staff engage in ongoing dialogue, send weekly notes and also attend regular team meetings to remain updated. Where necessary we also attend multidisciplinary team meetings for individual students to seek input and provide feedback to support the child holistically.
The Deafness Centre
The Deafness Centre, located on level 2, is an assessment, diagnosis and counselling service for hearing impaired and deaf children, adolescents and their families. The multidisciplinary team working in the Deafness Centre includes doctors, a social worker, a support teacher for hearing, a specialist counsellor for hearing and allied health professionals. The support teacher for hearing, Carmel Dawson, liaises with students' census schools and works closely with the Deafness Centre team, the children and their families. She provides relevant information on hearing loss, education options and adjustments to support children, early childhood for K-12 school students as well as support for school leavers.
Group is run by the Adolescent Medicine Unit (AMU) in the afternoons. Children engage together in activities and social groups. This program at times is jointly run with the Hospital School.
Other programs and charities
We also work closely with several other programs and charities who provide specialised services for sick children. These include, but are not limited to:
MissingSchool recognises that illness and treatment can cause significant school absence for kids. Their objective is to keep seriously ill kids connected. See the MissingSchool website for more information.
- Starlight Children's Foundation
Starlight's mission: "To brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families". Visit the Starlight website for more information.
- Ronald Macdonald House Charities
Ronald Macdonald House Charities is an independent organisation that helps families of seriously ill children by providing accommodation and other services. Visit the Ronald Macdonald House Charities website for more information.
Redkite is an Australian cancer charity providing essential support to children and young people (0–24 years) with cancer, and the family and support network who care for them. Visit the Redkite website for more information.
- Scholastic Book Bunker
The book bunker is a library created by Scholastic Australia, co-located in the hospital (Level 1). Children can visit the library or volunteer librarians will come to the wards.
- Back on Track Program (CHERI)
The Back on Track program is an educational service that aims to keep children with cancer connected with their school and peers. Follow the link from The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network to their website.