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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 dies fr... 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 not being closing t... 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 Practitioner is very diverse and at t... 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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When people ask me what I do at Very Special Kids, I tell them that I not only care for very special children who have special needs but also their families. I explain to them that the children we care for are either there for respite or end-of-life care. They\'re amazed that suc... Read More


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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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