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I provide operational leadership, support and supervision to the hospice team. I manage staff rostering to provide safe effective care to our kids. I care for children with life limiting conditions and their families during respite stays and at end-of-life. I have been at Very ... Read More


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For over 14 years I have provided emotional support, counselling and advocacy to families or individuals in a family whose child has a life-threatening condition or has died from one. I also train, support and supervise family volunteers and facilitate a range of group therapeuti... Read More


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We are thrilled to announce the 24 Day Challenge has raised $349,616! Thank you to each and every participant, team captain and donor for their support.The 24 Day Challenge replaced the annual 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge this year, due to COVID-19 restriction... Read More


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Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, celebrating the generous contribution of the volunteering community around Australia. At Very Special Kids, we are immensely proud of the commitment and generosity we see everyday from our incredible volunteers.This year's Na... Read More


Categories: Family News, Fundraising News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News, Volunteer News

The importance of play is well documented in early childhood literature. This importance is attached to the functions of play in assisting children to:

  • express thoughts and ideas
  • demonstrate emotions and understand feelings
  • develop thinking an... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

What is a child life therapist?Child Life Therapists (CLT) work in healthcare settings supporting children and their families through their specific and individual journeys. The work of the CLT is primarily to support the child to have their rights, desires a... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

Announcing Sandy Rea Very Special Kids is delighted to announce psychologist Sandy Rea as an ambassador of the organisation.Sandy is a leading practising psychologist in Melbourne of thirty years professional standing and has her own private practice, San... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

Very Special Kids has trialled the delivery of in-home respite and end-of-life care to a selection of children and families. The objective is to determine whether respite and end-of-life care can be provided within the home, as one feasible alternative to the way we provide hospi... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

Written by Priyanka SahaWill and I were like any first-time parents, we eagerly waiting for the birth of our baby girl. We had decorated the nursery and I couldn't wait to hold her in my arms. B... Read More


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By Rachel Ficinus, Family Support Team Manager What makes the Family Support service so unique is our ability to connect with families face-to-face. It enables us to provide a safe space for individuals and families to talk through their stresses, fears, ho... Read More


Categories: Family News