New supports for paediatric palliative care in schools 

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New supports for paediatric palliative care in schools 

Updated teaching resources are now available to help primary and secondary schools better support children and families living with life limiting illness. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Australia in partnership with Palliative Care Australia’s (PCA) Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project, has released a new version of the online EDMed professional development course for teachers. 

This updated course includes a new section titled ‘Children with Life Limiting Conditions’ and includes information that helps teachers support the sibling of a child with a life limiting condition. 

Working with PCA and with funding from the Australian Government, further information has been added including new case studies and videos from families and schools that have been involved with paediatric palliative care services. 

The EDMed professional development course was first created in 2011 to provide teachers with information on common childhood illnesses, focusing on the physical, social, academic, and emotional impact on a child’s education.  

The course content is designed to empower teachers with the skills and information necessary to meet the specific needs of seriously ill children and their family.  

Since its inception, the EDMed professional development course has been completed by over 30,000 educators nationally.  

RMHC Australia will be promote the revised EDMed course with primary and secondary teaching staff across the country as well as tertiary institutions that offer undergraduate teaching training.  

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