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Our teachers aim to provide continuity of education for young people admitted to hospital. As educators ourselves, we understand that having a student needing hospitalisation is a challenging situation. When a young person or their family consent to work with us, we strive to work together with key contacts from the young person’s regular educational setting. We discuss how we can together maintain the young person’s connection to education and assist their eventual return to school.

How Can I Support My Student?

Treatment Phase

Each student is allocated an MCHS teacher who you will be able to contact to discuss learning needs while the student is away from school. As a key contact in a young person’s regular education setting, you can help us by:
providing an overview of the child’s academic, social and emotional development
providing learning tasks to allow young people the opportunity to keep up their curriculum
informing us of any particular skills and concepts the young person would benefit from whilst they have access to intensive support
providing any individual education plans
communicating with us during an inpatient phase of treatment.

Recovery Phase

At times a young person may be well enough to be discharged from hospital but not well enough to attend their regular educational setting.

The recovery phase is a critical time when a young person can potentially disengage from education. It is imperative that the regular education provider connects with the young person and their family when they have been discharged.

MCHS teachers will strive to inform key educational contacts when an admission is coming to an end. Your role on discharge is to contact the family and young person to ensure communication between home and school is open, transparent and regular.

Reintegration Phase

A return to school plan devised by the school with advice from the family and medical/health treating team can aid a student’s successful reintegration back into education.
Things to consider when assisting a young person to return to school could include:
full time or gradual return
timetable modifications
adjustments to coursework and assessment
teaching and learning modifications
allowances made for attending medical appointments
Health and Safety plans
professional development provided to staff


Ongoing health concerns can impact a student’s ability to access education in many ways and to varying degrees. Monash Children’s Hospital School aims to link educators with healthcare information so they can provide the best educational experience for their student. In the foreseeable future MCHS, along with their medical/health colleagues, will be developing professional learning courses and seminars for educators.
Cystic Fibrosis Teacher Education Series

Monash Children’s Hospital School, Monash Children’s Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital and Cystic Fibrosis Community Care are pleased to present the 2023 Cystic Fibrosis Teacher Education series.

The 3 session series is a free, online professional development for teachers and educators to attend to learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and the implications for the students they teach.

Sessions for 2023 will be held on Wednesday 8th February, Wednesday 15th February and Wednesday 22nd February from 4:00pm-5:00pm.

Click here for registration link or scan QR code below.

QR code for CF series registration

Monash Children’s Hospital School acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples, and we pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future.
Monash Children’s Hospital has been caring for children for more than 100 years. It is one of Australia’s leading children’s hospitals and is part of Monash Health – Victoria’s largest public health service. Monash Children’s Hospital is a brand new dedicated children’s hospital located in Clayton, and has satellite sites at Casey Hospital and Dandenong Hospital.
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