Our Programs



The Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Sydney Children’s Hospital offers a special place of respite, relaxation, and privacy within the walls of the hospital. It provides a small oasis of calm and normalcy amidst the tense, chaotic, medical setting – yet parents are just steps from their child’s bedside. All families and carers who have a seriously ill child in Sydney Children’s Hospital are welcome to use the Family Room.

Our dedicated volunteers will welcome you into our Family Room, located on Level Two of the Ainsworth Building. You’ll find the following facilities: communal kitchen; dining area; lounge room with TV and computers; laundry; shower room; and two bedrooms. We aim to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming environment for families of sick children to have a break from the hospital environment; we want to provide the support that makes a positive difference to their hospital experience.



Ronald McDonald Family Room, Royal North Shore Hospital is a sanctuary for parents and carers who have a child being treated at the hospital. With the convenience and comfort of a home environment within the Hospital, it gives families the opportunity to take a break away from the ward. We have a communal kitchen and lounge area along with a bathroom and shower. Guests can help themselves to coffee or cup of tea and make a bite to eat, as well as enjoy homemade cupcakes made with love by our wonderful Volunteers.

The Family Room is located on level Seven of the Clinical Services Building within the Humpty Dumpty Ward and is accessible 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.


As a result of medical advances, growing numbers of children are thankfully surviving childhood cancers and other serious illnesses. After a lengthy illness, however, school age children can fall behind in their schoolwork and it is often difficult for them to catch up with their peers. For these children school can be a frustrating and difficult place: they can lose confidence and self-esteem, which has a further negative impact on their ability to learn and future life chances.

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program supports the educational needs of children recovering from serious illnesses, by providing individual learning programs. It provides educational support so that children who have suffered serious illness may have the same chances later in life as their healthier peers and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.