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Hospice News

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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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

How long have you been at Very Special Kids?I’ve been working at Very Special Kids for a little over five years, I started in December 2014.What is your background and what were you doing before Very Special Kids?I commenced my nurs... Read More


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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


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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


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Over the last week, we’ve been keeping a close eye on COVID-19, or Coronavirus, and what it means for our community.We have not had any confirmed virus cases within the hospice, or among any staff.But, to ensure we protect Victoria’s most vulnerable children, and thei... Read More


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

 Lou Cooney’s face beams when she talks about the volunteers at Very Special Kids.Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Volunteer News

Sunday 1 March marks World Music Therapy Day! Our resident music therapist, Pip Reid has given some insight into the role of music therapy in the hospice setting.Music Therapy at Very Special Kids Since ancient times music has been recognised for its ... Read More


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