Artwork by Nicholas, 7 years old
‘Handpainted chooks outside the chook-house’


Children’s Hospices in Australia

Children’s hospice services help children with life-limiting illnesses who are not expected to reach adulthood. The hospices assist these children and their families deal with the emotional and physical challenges they face and to make the most of life. This care can be provided throughout the course of a child or young person’s life and beyond.

Children’s hospice services aim to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of babies, children, young people and their families. Care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of specialist staff, working together to ensure seamless support to the entire family which includes siblings and grandparents.

Children’s hospices deliver care in a child and family-friendly purpose built building and offer a wide range of support, which may include:

  • practical help, advice and information
  • specialist short break care
  • transition from hospital to home
  • specialist therapies, including play, art and music therapy
  • psychosocial support
  • end-of-life care
  • care for a child’s body after death
  • bereavement support
  • support camps and groups for family members

There are three children’s hospices in Australia. To find more information, please visit their websites:

Useful resources for Ongoing/Palliative Care

Here for you… things you might like to discuss with the palliative care team (QUT resource)


Here for you: Things you might like to discuss with the palliative care team about care at the end of life (QUT resource booklet 2)


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