We welcome referrals of children and adolescents with life-limiting conditions who meet our eligibility criteria.

Referrals can come from any source such as a family, a GP, a nurse, an allied health worker, or hospital staff, as long as the child’s parent or carer with parental responsibility, has given their consent.

Referrals are assessed at fortnightly multi-disciplinary meetings.  Very Special Kids requires permission of the referred family to contact nominated medical consultants who will advise on eligibility. Referrers will be notified of the outcome of the eligibility assessment process once it is complete. If the child or adolescent meets the criteria and is accepted into Very Special Kids, a member of the Family Support Team and the Intake and Assessment Coordinator will contact the family to arrange a home visit to discuss the services you may wish to access, including respite at the Very Special Kids Hospice.

Very Special Kids also accepts referrals for children who have already died and who would have met our eligibility criteria, for up to 12 months after death.

For newly referred families who may wish to use the hospice for respite or end of life care, Very Special Kids Hospice will be temporarily relocated to Monash Children’s Hospital from August 2021 while our new world class facility is under construction. The new hospice in Malvern will reopen early 2023.

All other family support services including respite and end-of-life care will be available and referrals can continue to be made through the contact details below during the construction period.

For more information about referrals please call  9804 6221 or email referrals@vsk.org.au