A place to call home
Ronald McDonald House Nedlands
for families with children undergoing care at Perth Children's Hospital
Staying at the house
Ronald McDonald House Nedlands 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 travelling to the Perth’s Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Close to the medical facilities of the newly opened Perth Children’s Hospital, our House in Nedlands is a state-of-the-art, purpose built home. With 47 invitingly furnished guest rooms and fantastic on-site facilities, we help make the lives of families just that little bit easier.
Our core team of hardworking staff members keep the House running like clockwork under the guidance of Operations Manager Courtney Kennedy. Our many volunteers lift people’s spirits through their tireless commitment, energy and enthusiasm.
Who’s eligible to stay with us?
Our primary goal is to provide safe and reliable short and long-term accommodation for regional families who have to travel away from their homes for their child to receive medical treatment at Perth Children’s Hospital or at King Edward Memorial Hospital.
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?
Imagine living in regional WA when your child is diagnosed with a serious illness. At a moment’s notice you have to relocate to a city that’s hundreds, maybe thousands of kilometers from your support network. Helping families going through scenarios just like this is the primary aim of our charity.
Our staff and volunteers are always there to lend a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on. And while families mainly cater for themselves, we provide a free breakfast each morning and a nutritious evening meal. Toiletries are provided to every family on arrival.
Make an enquiry
There are two ways to get in touch with us:
Call the House on (08) 9346 9000
Request a referral from a social worker or medical authority.
Located in the leafy suburb of Nedlands, our house is a convenient 300m stroll to Perth Children’s Hospital. Our wonderful location is surrounded by acres of urban greenery, with the magnificent Kings Park and Botanic Garden at the end our street. A 10 minute drive takes you into the heart of Perth CBD.
How to get there
We are located a 10 minute drive from Perth CBD.
The 950 bus from Perth CBD will take you directly to Monash Avenue.
We are a state-of-the-art accommodation facility with 47 rooms that can comfortably sleep 190 people every night. Our house comprises of four stories of accommodation with lift access and an array of spacious and comfortable communal areas.
Ronald McDonald House Nedlands is the first building of its kind in Australia to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating and the 2016 winner of a Master Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction Award.
Our 47 spacious and stylishly appointed guest rooms can accommodate families of various sizes. All feature attached ensuite bathrooms. Extra beds and port-a-cots can be made available on request – all you need to do is ask.
Whip up a quick snack or cook up a storm in our domestic kitchen. All families have their own allocated dry goods space as well as a lockable fridge compartment. The common fridge provides milk, food, condiments and other essential food items for families to make use of free of charge. Our House also offers a commercial kitchen equipped with commercial grade stainless steel appliances and dishwashers where our catering supervisors and volunteers prepare the evening meal.
BHP Billiton Dining Room
Located on the First Floor, the BHP Billiton Dining Room is perfect for families to share meals as friends and enjoy the home-made goodies provided by our three volunteer-run meal programs, Home for Dinner, Lovin’ from the Oven and the Big Breakfast.
Located on the First Floor, the Laundry provides washing and drying facilities for families to use with 24/7 accessibility. Laundry powder is provided at no cost and there are clotheslines located outside the laundry for drying also.
Stan Perron Foundation Playroom
Located on the First Floor, the Play Room has a selection of toys, puzzles and games for younger children. There is also direct access to the rear courtyard where kids can enjoy the playground equipment
The outdoor life in Perth is glorious, so our House had to have an emphasis on fun, functional and inviting outdoor spaces. The rear courtyard features children’s play equipment and an attractive outdoor dining setting. The front courtyard provides a lovely setting for the landscaping, outdoor artworks and sculptures.
Bass Family Foundation Learning Centre
This is where our Bindi Bindi Playgroup and Work of Heart Program classes and educational activities take place. For more details, about our Ronald McDonald Learning Program please see the information under the Our Programs section.
The Third Floor Recreation Room is a space devoted especially to our teenage guests and their interests, providing a place for fun team activities and healthy social development. The Teen Den (also located on the Third Floor) is designed as a chill-out zone for the older kids in the House and contains video game consoles including an X-Box and Play Station.
Exercise is an invaluable tool for coping with stress, and guests (over 16yrs of age) are encouraged to make use of the excellent cardio training and weights equipment available.
FMG Rooftop Garden
Crowning the top of the House on Level Four, our rooftop provides a sunlit sanctuary for young and old with a Fairy Garden, activity panels and quiet, shaded places for reflection.
A regular shuttle bus is in operation between RMH Nedlands, Perth Children’s Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Perth Airport from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday. We recommend signing up in advance at the Welcome Desk to secure your seat.
Family Liaison Officers
Our Family Liaison Officers (FLOs) are your main point of contact at the House 24/7. We have a wonderfully enthusiastic team who are more than happy to help you out with your questions and requests.
Support for your stay
Ronald McDonald House Nedlands relies on the work of our volunteers and the financial support of individual and corporate donations.
Without their generous contributions, we would be unable to keep our doors open to families in need 365 days a year. Thanks to the public, we’ve been able to continually expand our operations to help more families.
There are many ways you can contribute to Ronald McDonald House Nedlands.
"We are very fortunate to have volunteers that we can count on and whose selfless spirit helps the families of our House every day."
We always need more helping hands to assist us in the everyday operations of the House, our Family Room and fundraising events. If you’re interested in volunteering for a charity and want to make a difference in the lives of others, we would love to hear from you.
Volunteering is even more rewarding when you get to share your achievements with others. Whether you’re with your co-workers, family, friends or members of a club or organisation, volunteering can be a great team-building experience.
Our Group volunteers also contribute to our Home for Dinner, Lovin from the Oven and the Big Breakfast programs.
Books On Beds
Help us put ‘Books on beds’ every night by donating new books for the kids. We also love filling the bookshelves around our Nedlands and Perth Children’s Hospital Houses with new reads for the parents
Arts & Crafts
Our Learning Centre is always in need of art and craft supplies ranging from pencils, markers, crayons, paint, glue, colouring in books, activity books and pencil cases.
To assist with the day-to-day operations of Ronald McDonald House Nedlands, we are happy to accept donations of paper and stationary items to assist with the running of our Nedlands House Business Centre.