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COVID-19 and Kids Resource Hub

  • Our COVID-19 and Kids Resource Hub brings together the latest research and evidence-based resources on COVID-19 and kids.

    The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of children and families. Our Hub brings together the latest research and evidence-based resources on COVID-19 and children from the Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children's Hospital, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne. It compiles emerging evidence in a range of formats that examine the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19, and provide tips for keeping children and families mentally and physically healthy during and beyond the pandemic.

    Please note: data is constantly emerging about the effects of COVID-19. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

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    COVID-19 and kids

    What are the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 on children and the advice on vaccines? Find out here.

    COVID-19 resources
    Royal Children's Hospital
    A collection of trusted resources on COVID-19, including information about the physical effects on children, mental health care and advice about supporting your child to cope through the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The resources are a mix of content created by experts from The Royal Children’s Hospital, trusted campus partners and other health organisations.
    COVID-19 Research Briefs
    Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
    14 September 2021
    Two in-depth briefs cover COVID-19 and child and adolescent health, vaccination for children and adolescents and associated resources.
    Delta in Kids – what we do and don’t know
    Grand Rounds
    The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
    15 September 2021
    A panel of paediatricians and researchers present on, and discuss, the Delta variant and how it’s influencing childhood infections and health outcomes.
    Children and COVID-19 vaccines
    Kids Health Info
    The Royal Children’s Hospital
    9 August 2021
    Paediatricians Dr Anthea Rhodes and Dr Margie Danchin cover a range of common questions and fears on COVID-19 vaccines in children.
    COVID-19 vaccination in children
    Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC)
    Murdoch Children's Research Institute and SAFEVIC

    MVEC is an educational website providing up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccines and the Victorian vaccine rollout. MVEC is based at MCRI and is affiliated with SAEFVIC, the Victorian Vaccine Safety Service. The content is prepared by medical specialists and is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

    COVID-19 Weekly Vaccine Updates
    Melbourne Children's Campus
    Updated weekly

    A weekly report on COVID-19 vaccines prepared by Professor Fiona Russell, Professor Kim Mulholland, Dr John Hart, Associate Professor Nigel Crawford, Professor Julie Bines and Associate Professor Margie Danchin, on behalf of the Melbourne Children’s Campus (The Royal Children's Hospital, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne). 
    COVID-19 and adolescent health – helpful resources to consider
    Centre for Adolescent Health
    A compilation of resources on COVID-19 and adolescent health.

    Supporting children

    This section of the Hub provides resources for children on COVID-19 and testing. Other resources explore how to support children's health, wellbeing and learning.


    Supporting teens in the transition to life after lockdown
    The Royal Children's Hospital
    Facebook Live: 28 October 2021

    This Facebook Live discussed strategies for supporting teenagers in their transition to life after the COVID-19 lockdowns. Hosted by Dr Anthea Rhodes (Paediatrician) with special guests A/Prof Tom Connell (Chief of Medicine at the RCH), Dr Michele Yeo (Paediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Physician), Dr Linda Kader (Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist), Dr Lisa Mundy, Team Leader, Adolescent Health, MCRI) and Dr Chelsea Hyde (Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Graduate School of Education).  
    Supporting children in lockdown
    By Five, Wimmera Southern Mallee
    2 September 2021
    Dr Claire Nogic, Dr Billy Garvey, Dr Tom Brunzell (Berry Street) and a panel of education and health specialists discuss the pressures and challenges of lockdown on families, and provide practical strategies for supporting children.
    Supporting your child’s mental health
    The Royal Children’s Hospital
    25 August 2021
    Resources including a Facebook live event hosted by RCH paediatrician Anthea Rhodes. The webinar provides tips for families on how to support children’s mental health throughout the pandemic and beyond.
    Clinical, financial and social impacts of COVID-19
    12 September 2021
    This study, led by the Centre for Community Child Health, explores how COVID-19 and lockdowns are affecting the mental health of mothers and children experiencing adversity.
    A Child’s Guide: COVID-19
    The Royal Children’s Hospital
    A video explainer on the COVID-19 virus for children.
    COVID-19 test
    The Royal Children’s Hospital
    A video demonstration on the COVID-19 test for children.
    Fear of needles. What helps?
    Kids Health Info
    The Royal Children's Hospital
    28 October 2021
    In this podcast. hear from Sonja Elia, Immunisation Nurse Practitioner and head of the RCH Immunisation Drop-In Centre and Dr Amanda Stock, RCH Paediatrician and Emergency Physician about the strategies and techniques are available to children and families to manage anxiety about needles, and what help is available from health professionals.  

    Supporting families

    Practical resources to support parents and carers in looking after themselves and their children’s health and wellbeing.


    Which families are feeling the pinch of the pandemic the most?
    The University of Melbourne, the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the Brotherhood of St Laurence
    October 2021

    This Research Insight explores the levels of financial stress experienced by families with children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Supporting primary school children in their return to onsite learning
    The Royal Children's Hospital
    Facebook Live: 14 October 2021
    The Royal Children's Hospital hosted a Facebook Live featuring experts in health and learning to  discuss the logistics and anxieties for families and children returning to onsite learning, with practical advice on how to support children.
    COVID-19: family guide
    This comprehensive guide includes evidence-based information on a range of COVID-19 topics and provides practical tips to help children and families cope through lockdowns.
    In Pursuit of Health - Tips to help families cope during lockdown
    The University of Melbourne
    10 September 2021
    A panel of experts share their views building resilience in children and families, and what to look for if a child isn’t coping. 
    Effects of COVID-19 on children’s physical health
    Kids Health Info
    The Royal Children’s Hospital
    10 September 2021
    A podcast of a Facebook webinar focusing on the physical effects of the COVID-19 virus on children including Delta, long COVID and vaccinations. Hosted by paediatrician Dr Anthea Rhodes.
    Raising Healthy Minds
    Raising Healthy Minds is a free app that can be tailored to child and family interests. It answers questions about child wellbeing and shares practical tips for day-to-day family life.
    Kids, parents and carers
    Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
    This knowledge hub provides parents and carers with access to factsheets, videos and podcasts on a range of topics such as understanding COVID-19, hand hygiene, balancing parenting, parent wellbeing and more.
    Parenting in the age of coronavirus
    Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
    October 2020
    In this podcast series, child health experts discuss the challenges parents are facing and explore how parents can best support themselves and their children.

    Supporting schools and early childhood education and care

    Access an online training program designed to support schools during COVID-19 and other resources that explore the importance, experiences and challenges of schooling and early education during COVID-19.

    COVID-19 in Early Childhood Education and Care and Schools 
    Murdoch Children's Research Institute
    18 October 2021
    This research brief explores the Australian and international evidence on COVID-19 transmission in schools and early years settings and considers mitigation strategies to opening these settings safely.
    Supporting schools in a time of COVID-19
    The University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
    November 2020
    An online, professional learning opportunity for primary teachers and education staff developed to assist educators to support children’s mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19.
    Teaching heroes with Prof Sharon Goldfeld
    Teaching Heroes
    15 September 2021
    A Teaching Heroes podcast episode featuring Prof Sharon Goldfeld and Dr Joanna Winchester discussing how the pandemic is affecting children and families.
    Einstein A Go-Go
    Triple R
    26 September 2021
    This episode covers COVID-19 in children and why getting children back to school is so important. It features guests RCH Paediatrician Dr Margie Danchin, Prof Sharon Goldfeld, Director, Centre for Community Child Health, Assoc/Prof Robyn Schofield, University of Melbourne and Kate Dullard, Principal of Essendon Grammar school.


Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.