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Kaleen Primary School — Kids Helping Kids

The Kaleen Primary School Representative Council, and their Co-ordinator Melissa Chiles, today ran a school-wide pyjama day to support seriously sick kids who miss school.  The students  and staff were able to come to school wearing their PJ’s and dressing gowns for a gold coin donation towards the work of MissingSchool.  Melissa Chiles spoke to the kids, at their Friday assembly, about the loneliness of being away from school for extended periods. The response to the pyjama day was fantastic, with Kaleen Primary donating $645 to MissingSchool. More importantly, it reminded kids of the importance of sticking together and helping each other through tough times.

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Consultation

Prior to our 2013 Annual General Meeting, MissingSchool is holding a small consultation process to help inform our planning. It will be in Canberra, on Wednesday 26 June from 1.00-3.00 pm. We are inviting people who have useful and informed perspectives to contribute. To join us, call 0400 241 900, or email Cathy Nell. Invitees include: ACT Council of Parents and Citizens ACT Education and Training Directorate ACT Health Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Australian Catholic University Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (Australian National University) Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth Canberra Hospital School Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, University of Canberra Children’s Healthcare Australasia Families ACT Independent Schools Council of Australia MissingSchool management committee and members Parent Support Group, Catholic Education Office Parents and carers of seriously sick kids Pediatrics Staff at the Canberra Hospital People who work with seriously sick kids Ronald McDonald Learning Program and Pathways Project Sydney Children’s Hospital (Kids Cancer Centre & Behavioural Sciences Unit) University of Canberra

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Students with Complex Health Needs

The ACT Health and Education and Training Directorates recently launched a joint initiative to investigate the provision of “appropriate, evidenced based, equitable and sustainable healthcare” in schools for students with complex health needs. Consultation papers providing information on international and national models of care, along with a proposal for an ACT Framework and Model, are available for download at : http://www.health.act.gov.au/consumer-information/community-consultation/supporting-students-at-school-who-have-complex-healthcare-needs …

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The issue of improving access to education for children with critical or chronic illness is gaining momentum. It is heartening to know that it is becoming more widely recognised by health and educational professionals; it will be fantastic to have personal input from the children and their families.