A place to call home

Ronald McDonald House Queensland Children's Hospital

for families with children undergoing care at QLD Children's Hospital

1 Play Area
10 Bedrooms
814 Families stay a year

Staying at the house

Ronald McDonald House located inside QLD Children’s Hospital gives seriously ill children the best gift of all – their families. Our House is a warm and supportive home-away-from-home for families of children who are inpatients at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

We are one of the few Ronald McDonald Houses located in the hospital building. Our aim is to give parents and carers of critically ill children peace of mind, knowing that they are close-by to comfort their child whenever they are needed. We are a small but comfortable and modern facility, with 10 guest rooms, beverage bay and communal pantry and a lounge and TV area.  

Our Team

Our tirelessly dedicated team of staff help to make our families feel welcome and supported. Outside of regular hours, the House is managed by the Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) staff.

Who’s eligible to stay with us?

Keeping the family together can be extremely tough without support, which is why we offer accommodation for parents with seriously ill children receiving inpatient treatment in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Eligibility to stay at Ronald McDonald House QLD Children’s Hospital is determined by medical and social need and is authorised by the PICU team at QLD Children’s Hospital.

We try to accommodate the needs of families where we can, but this is always subject to availability. Priority is given to families whose children have been recently diagnosed, seriously injured or who require emergency treatment.

Fees

Ronald McDonald House understands that being away from home for long periods of time can put families under financial pressure. That’s why our accommodation is free for eligible families of seriously ill children.

While our policy is to provide free accommodation, your stay at the House may require you to claim financial support towards accommodation and travel from the relevant government transport assistance scheme in your home state. Our friendly team are happy to work with you to apply for the relevant financial support.

To find out if you’re eligible for government financial assistance, contact your hospital social worker or talk to one of our team.

Want to know more?

Being forced to move your family far from home, work, school and your entire support network due to a child’s illness is extraordinarily tough.

Depending on your needs, you may also be able to transfer to a room at the much larger Ronald McDonald House South Brisbane, which is located just across the road from the hospital grounds.

Make an enquiry

Request a referral from a social worker or medical authority.

Get in touch with us during our normal opening hours (from 8am to 6pm daily) on:

(07) 3068 3465

Outside of regular hours, you can get in touch with a staff member at Ronald McDonald House South Brisbane, on:

(07) 3845 1600

House location

Our unique accommodation facility is located on Level 5 of the QLD Children’s Hospital close to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit wards.  

Contact us

Level 5, 501 Stanley Street South Brisbane QLD Australia 4101

How to get there

By train

We are located a 10 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the South Bank Station.

By car

RMH Herston is located a 25 minute car drive from the Brisbane Domestic Airport.

By bus

We are located a quick 5 minute walk from the Mater Hill Bus Station.

House Facilities

While there’s no place like home, we do our best to create an environment that’s as homely as possible. Our House functions as a real home, with everything you need to get through trying times together.

Guest Rooms

We have 10 cosy guest bedrooms with access to communal bathroom facilities within the House.

TV and Lounge area

Our lounge is a homely space to allow you to get a bit of relief from the sometimes claustrophobic nature of the wards.

Other Amentities

During your stay with us, you’ll be able to access all the other facilities available to patients, families and guests at the QLD Children’s Hospital. Being a small House, we aren’t able to offer a great deal of amenities. For basic needs like washing, you can make use of 24/7 guest laundries on Levels 8 and 11 of the hospital.

House Programs

Ronald McDonald House inside the Queensland Children’s Hospital  relied on financial donations and volunteering to provide the accommodation and support services that we give to seriously ill or injured children and their families. We are very grateful to receive support from members of the community who, together with our corporate partners generously donate funds, goods and services to our charity.

    Get Involved

    Discuss how you, your organisation, school or business can help and become involved.

    Call us: (07) 3068 3465

    Email us: fundraising.seq@rmhc.org.au

    Fundraise for us

    Each year, our supporters assist us in a number of ways which include:

    • Cash donations
    • Sponsorship of an accommodation room through our Adopt A Room program
    • The donation of goods and services needed for the operation of our Houses and programs
    • Payroll Giving
    • Money Box Collection
    • Holding their own fundraising activity or event
    • Leaving a Bequest in their Will
    • Giving in memory of a loved one
    • Celebration donations on a birthday or anniversary
    • Raising funds through the participation in a marathon or community event

    For more information about how you can help please call 07 3646 6528 or email Fundraising.SEQ@rmhc.org.au