When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, it can be a traumatic time in a family's life.
Keeping families close through such stress and disruption is at the heart of what we do.
To support seriously ill children, and their families, our Chapter operates three core programs:
- Ronald McDonald House Westmead
Ronald McDonald House Westmead (RMHW) was established in 1986 and has since provided a warm and friendly home away from home for almost 12,000 families with seriously ill children receiving treatment at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
By staying at RMHW, families remain connected, and parents and carers can better communicate with their child's medical teams. Families can give each other the moral and emotional support needed to get through their child's illness. They can form relationships with other parents going through the same or similar experiences, and with staff and volunteers who provide support throughout their stay.
The original House at Westmead had 18 rooms, plus 5 units, accomodating 109 people per night. Sadly in 2017, more than 400 families had to be turned away with the House at capacity.
In February 2018, the doors to a new, larger 60-room House opened with space to accommodate 1,360 families per year - turning away families is now a thing of the past.
- Ronald McDonald Nepean Family Room
The Ronald McDonald Nepean Family Room, located within Nepean Hosital, Kingswood NSW, provides an important place of respite for families caring for a seriously ill child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
- Ronald McDonald Education Services
Every year, thousands of children across Australia are treated for serious illnesses. The impact of hospitalisation, medications and lengthy recovery mean that many children fall behind in their education and may never reach their full potential.
Ronald McDonald Education Services is a national program offered by Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Within our Chapter, the program offers tuition and support to school age children recovering from serious illness once they have returned home and back to school, professional development for teachers supporting a child's return to the classroom following illness, and a dedicated Learning Centre within the new House to provide homework assistance, school holiday programs and activities for children of all ages.
CONTACT RMH WESTMEAD
For all enquiries, please feel free to contact us via
Phone: 02 9806 7111
Postal address: Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145
Street address: 1 Labyrinth Way, Westmead NSW 2145 in February 2018.
Charity Number: 13651
Name of Inc Organisation: Arnold Tink House Inc
DGF Status/ABN: Public Benevolent Institution 30 540 051 012
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