Who’s who at the RCH Education Institute?
Staff at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Education Institute can help you to continue learning and stay connected to your school whilst you are receiving treatment at RCH.
We also carry out research about how managing a health condition can affect your education and the way you learn. We do this research so that hospitals and schools can help you with your learning.
We work closely with everyone who looks after you in the hospital as well as teachers and principals at your school.
RCH ward-based teachers
If you need help to stay in contact with your school or if you would like help with school work while you are in hospital, ask for the RCH teacher on your ward or contact the RCH Education Institute on (03) 9345 9700.
RCH regional liaison teacher
If your school needs some extra help to get things set up for your return to school, your RCH teacher may refer you to a RCH regional liaison teacher.
Our teachers are available at a range of RCH specialist clinics to:
- give you advice and support regarding education-related issues
- carry out educational assessments.
These clinics include:
- Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) Long Term Follow-up Program clinic. This clinic provides ongoing support for children and young people recovering from cancer.
- Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service clinic. This clinic aims to help children and young people following major injury, illness or medical procedures to take part in activities at home, school and the community.
- Centre for Community Child Health ADHD Assessment clinic. This clinic assesses children aged four to eight years with ADHD.
- Centre for Community Child Health School Function Program clinic. This clinic assesses children aged six to12 years with learning difficulties.
- Neurobehavioural clinic. This clinic assesses children and young people with epilepsy and related behavioural issues to determine if surgery is necessary.
- Muscular Dystrophy Association Neuromuscular Clinic. This clinic reviews the progress of and provides a range of supports for children and young people with neuromuscular disorders.
- Immigrant Health Service clinic. This clinic provides support for children and young people from refugee backgrounds to access schools and education programs.
RCH education support officers
Our RCH education support officers help ward-based teachers to prepare and deliver learning activities relevant to specific wards of the RCH.
RCH teacher volunteers
Our RCH teacher volunteers all have teaching experience and they work closely with your RCH ward-based teachers to help with schoolwork or learning activities based on your interests.
Support for young people being treated at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Adolescents and young adults being treated at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre have access to an Education and Vocations teacher. Visit onTrac@PeterMac for more information.
Visit our Education Institute staff page for individual contact details.