Our Programs

PERTH, WA

Ronald McDonald House Perth is funded through generous donations from corporates, businesses, community groups and individuals. It is the continued goodwill of the community that keeps our doors open and enables us to be a ‘home away from home’ for the families of seriously ill regional children. 

THE RONALD McDONALD LEARNING PROGRAM

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program offers free school tuition for children recovering from serious illnesses to catch up on their missed education. Our team of over 100 qualified tutors and allied health professionals work with children from all over WA and this support starts once your child is well enough to attend school and can make the most of the tuition. Contact the Learning Program team in the Learning Centre on Level 2 for enrolment details.

THE WORK OF HEART IN-HOUSE EDUCATION PROGRAM

As well as keeping families close, our House aims to support ‘normal’ life for our families wherever possible. The Bass Family Foundation Learning Centre at Ronald McDonald House Perth keeps students on track with their education during their stay here. But perhaps even more importantly than that; it brings them routine and social interaction – helping them through what can be an incredibly confusing and stressful time.

Throughout the year, siblings and patients staying at the House are able to access the WA school curriculum during term time, and are also offered a host of exciting educational experiences during School Holidays. These engaging sessions are planned and run by a team of qualified teachers.

The Work of Heart Program highlights include; gardening, science, art therapy, literacy and numeracy, THRIVE physical therapy, drama, puppetry and so much more.  This program would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and local community.

EDMED

EDMed is a free one hour professional development session, designed to assist teachers meet the educational needs of students with chronic illness.  EDMed is free to all schools and universities in Australia and can be presented in staff meetings, professional development days or in the case of universities, during lecture times. Teachers will learn information and strategies helping them to cater for children with a diverse range of illnesses. Over 1200 teachers in WA have attended the PD and this has now been extended to trainee teachers at UWA, ECU and Notre Dame University.

Here is some more detailed information, should you need it!

  • We offer a professional development entitled EDMed to support the educators of children suffering from illness:
    • EDMed is a free one hour PD designed to assist teachers meet the educational needs of students with chronic illness.  EDMed is free to all schools and universities in Australia and can be presented in staff meetings, professional development days or in the case of universities, during lecture times. Over 1200 teachers in WA have attended the PD and this has now been extended to trainee teachers at UWA, ECU and Notre Dame University.
    • The EDMed presentation provides information and educational strategies for children with a diverse range of illnesses.
    • During the session participants;
    • examine  the effects of chronic illness and treatments on a student’s learning
    • examine the emotional, social, physical and cognitive well-being of students
    • develop ideas and strategies in planning curriculum
    • explore the changes needed to achieve better learning outcomes
    • understand the teaching/ learning approaches specific to students with serious health issues
    • examine the importance of school connectedness
    • at the end of the presentation all participants receive a comprehensive reference book and teacher information handout. Although the EDMed presentation is one hour, if suitable the session can be extended to run additional tutorials, where participants examine case studies in small groups. 
RONALD McDONALD FAMILY RETREAT - BUNBURY

The Bunbury Family Retreat is available free of charge to any family with a child who has a serious or long term illness for a week’s holiday for families’ to reconnect or spend quality time together. The Ronald McDonald® Family Retreat program gives families with a sick child a place to relax, connect and spend precious time together. The memories they share will last a lifetime. For families who have recently suffered the loss of a child, the Family Retreats provide a necessary opportunity and peaceful place where they can begin to come to terms with their loss together, without having to face the world back home.

Please contact Courtney, the Operations Manager to enquire about availability on courtney.kennedy@rmhc.org.au.

RMHC Perth Family Retreat Bunbury