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. Term time sessions run Monday through to Friday in the afternoons and during the school holidays, a variety of sessions run twice a day, every day of the week.

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.

Important Information for Parents: 

  • In-house education program activities’ are advertised in parents newsletters and on the House televisions 
  • Students must be signed up to attend sessions in advance at the Welcome Desk 
  • It is very helpful to bring along some schoolwork from the student’s own class teacher as a starting point 
  • Parents need to pick up their children at the end of each session at the advertised times 
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@rmhwa.com.au.

RMHC Perth Family Retreat Bunbury
HOME FOR DINNER PROGRAM

The Home For Dinner program invites teams of co-workers, teammates, community groups, friends or family members to prepare and cook a meal for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House keeps families close by providing a home away from home for regional WA families who have a sick child receiving hospital treatment in Perth. Parents will often return to the House after a long day at the hospital with their child and preparing and cooking a meal may be the last thing on their minds. The House in Nedlands is fitted with a commercial kitchen and a full time chef to provide you with professional catering support. We provide the kitchen, food and expert catering support – you provide the manpower! 

Groups wishing to take part will be asked to make a financial contribution to cover the costs of ingredients.

After cooking dinner, we encourage you to sit down and enjoy dinner whilst spending time getting to know our RMH families. Then finish up your evening with a tour of our fabulous home away from home. We can ensure you’ll have an awesome time and a very rewarding experience, all whilst helping make families lives that little bit easier.

To find out how to get involved, visit Perth - Home For Dinner.

LOVIN’ FROM THE OVEN 

The Lovin’ From The Oven program allows groups to spend a morning in our kitchen from 9.30am - 12pm baking a selection of delightful treats for our families to enjoy throughout the day. Your team provides the ingredients, recipes and bakers…We provide the mouths to feed!

THE BIG BREAKFAST

The Big Breakfast is a delicious program where groups will provide full ingredients, recipes and manpower. You will take over our commercial kitchen and cook up a fabulous breakfast for our families to enjoy between 9am-10am. This program is only available on weekends and groups will need to arrive at 7.30am for set up and preparation.

RMHC Perth House The Big Breakfast team