Parents and Carers

Our page for parents and carers contains links to a range of websites and documents that might be useful as a resource and guide regarding children and young people's health.

AWCH Fact Sheets

A Parent's Guide to Hospitalisation

About Children in Hospital - Questions to Ask

How can you prepare your child for a hospital visit?

Medical Play

What are the effects of hospitalisation on a child?

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Other Resources for Parents & Carers

Preparing your child for hospital stayhttp://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/preparing-for-hospital/preparing-your-child-for-a-hospital-stay
Simple ways you can help your child prepare for coming to hospital.

NSW Paediatric Rheumatology Model of Care
The ACI Musculoskeletal Network has developed this model of care to support access to appropriate and effective care of children, and their families, who live with a variety of rheumatic conditions.

Physical as anything.com
http://physicalasanything.com.au/
Provides information and help for teachers and schools, parents and carers, and healthcare professionals for school-aged children with medical, developmental and psychological conditions.

Virtual tour of a trip to the operating theatres at the Sydney Children's Hospital
www.sch.edu.au
Sydney Children's Hospital designed this virtual tour, describing admission to hospital for a surgical operation, in a manner that is informative, comforting and child friendly.

Going to hospital
www.raisingchildren.net.au
By Professor Frank Oberklaid and Dr Leah Kaminsky, excerpt from 'Your Child's Health'

Comfort Kids
www.rch.org.au/comfortkids/kids.cfm?doc_id=10136
A list of resources available for children aged 8-11 years of age designed for coping and preparation for medical procedures. Hard copies available for loan from AWCH Library

Getting a blood test
www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_blood_test.html
Getting blood drawn for lab work can be a little scary for children. Show your child what to expect before your trip to the doctor's office or hospital.

Getting an EEG test
www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_eeg_test.html
The process of attaching electrodes on the head for an EEG test can be scary for children. Show your child what to expect before your trip to the EEG clinic or hospital.

Pain, Pain Go Away: Helping Children with Pain
http://ww2.rch.org.au/emplibrary/anaes/Pain_go_away.pdf
A booklet to help parents understand pain. Hard copy available for loan from the AWCH Library

Child Life Council - Resources for Caregivers
http://www.childlife.org/Resource%20Library/ResourcesforCaregivers.cfm
Provides resources available to help parents and caregivers prepare for hospital visits.

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors
www.phoenix-society.org/programs/schoolreentry/
'The Journey Back' - resources to assist school re-entry after burn injury. Returning to school and being with peers is a very important step in a young burn survivor’s recovery. 'The Journey Back' is a resource that will help you support your family, your students or someone you know who is working towards the ever important recovery step of returning to school.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
www.lls.org/#/resourcecenter/freeeducationmaterials/childhoodbloodcancer/
Resources and materials for children with blood cancers including a booklet called 'Learning and Living with Cancer', a guide for a child's return to school after a cancer diagnosis.

The Family-Centered Care Self-Assessment Tool – Family Tool (pdf)
Families, both individually and within family support and advocacy organizations, can use this tool to increase awareness and knowledge of the specifics of family-centered care to more effectively:

  • Assess the quality of the care that they and their children receive;
  • Share knowledge about family-centered care with other families, with providers, with health plans and with policy makers to create a shared vision for improving the health care system;
  • Advocate for changes within health care settings, health plans and public agencies to more effectively support families and their children in the process of receiving care.

How to get kids to take . . . Pills!
www.acor.org/ped-onc/treatment/Pills/pills.html
The topic of kids and pills comes up frequently in the online discussion groups. There seem to be as many ways to get kids to take pills as there are kids! Here are a few suggestions from seasoned parents, parents of kids with cancer.

Life Journey Through Autism: A Parent’s Guide to Research
www.researchautism.org/resources/parents guide.pdf
Life Journey Through Autism: A Parent’s Guide to Research has been written to serve as a resource for parents of children recently diagnosed with autism.