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Dying To Know Day (8 August) is an annual day of action dedicated to activating conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement.Very Special Kids is using this day as an opportunity to open up the discussion of how we, as a society of many cultures, fa... Read More


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Imagine dealing with the pain of knowing that your child is going to die. Thinking about your child’s funeral, and even discussing it with them, is something that many parents simply couldn’t face.That’s where Very Special Kids Family Support Team come in.While the ... Read More


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An important part of Very Special Kids services is the sibling support program, connecting young people who have, or have had, a brother or sister with a life-threatening condition. The adolescent program offers an annual camp providing siblings an opportunity to create treasured... Read More


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Can anyone truly understand the long and short-term impacts on a child following the death of their sibling without ever going through it themselves?It’s this notion that led to Very Special Kids Family Support Practitioner Meg Chin embarking on her PhD When a child die... Read More


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Dr Bronwyn Sacks is Chief Medical Officer at Very Special Kids and Paediatric Palliative Care Specialist - Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program- based at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital.Here she explains more about her role at Very Sp... Read More


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Meet Sue Kearney, registered paediatric nurse, a paediatric palliative care specialist and our Hospice Manager. Sue leads a team of nurses, care workers, and allied health staff within our hospice in Malvern.She’s had an incredible career in paediatric palliative care in th... Read More


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Updated August 3: Following on from yesterday’s State Government announcement to reintroduce Stage 4 restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne, and also the regional Mitchell Shire, we had to review our current situation.As an essential service, we will no... Read More


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How long have you worked at Very Special Kids?I’ve been employed at Very Special Kids with the Family Support Team since May 2008 – 12 years.How would you describe your role?My role within the Family Support Team as a Regional Pra... Read More


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“Aiden never uttered a word in his life, but if he could he would have said, I love you and thank you.”I’ll hold onto these words for the rest of my life.The best man at our wedding shared these words at our son Aiden’s funeral. To this day I still find peace and ... Read More


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I’ve only worked at Very Special Kids since November 2019 but it very quickly felt like my second home. My role is pretty much what you would think when you hear “personal care worker”, but I emphasise the role of caring. Whilst the physical care needs are important, so too... Read More


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