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This page is 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 list of resources are a mix of content created by experts from The Royal Children’s Hospital, trusted campus partners and other health organisations.
Our Facebook Live session from Thursday 16 December covered parents’ common questions about the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11 years
Our Facebook Live session from Thursday 16 December covered parents’ common questions about the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11 years.
Hosted by Dr Anthea Rhodes (Paediatrician) with special guest Dr Margie Danchin (Paediatrician and vaccination expert). Watch the replay below.
Our Facebook Live session from Thursday 28 October brough experts together to discuss how the lockdown and pandemic have affected the mental health and wellbeing of us all, especially teens. After many months physically disconnected from their friends and peers, many teens will face some challenges transitioning to life after lockdown. School avoidance, stress of exams and interrupted learning and re-establishing friendships are common concerns. And many young people are also concerned about exposure to COVID.
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). Watch the replay below.
Our Facebook Live session from Thursday 14 October 2021 brought together an expert panel to discuss the logistics and anxieties for families and children returning to onsite learning, with practical advice on how to support children.
Hosted by Dr Anthea Rhodes (Paediatrician) with special guests Professor Fiona Russell (Paediatrician and infectious diseases epidemiologist), Associate Professor Margie Danchin (Paediatrician and vaccination expert), Associate Professor Daryl Efron (Paediatrician) and Sophie Morris (Educational Psychologist). Watch the replay below.
Our Facebook Live session from Wednesday 25 August 2021 brought together an expert panel to discuss the challenges of COVID-19 and lockdowns for families and children, with lots of practical advice on how to support children.
Hosted by Dr Anthea Rhodes (Paediatrician) with special guests Dr Ric Haslam (Director, Mental Health), Dr Alice Morgan (Clinical Psychologist) and Prof Harriet Hiscock (Paediatrician), you can watch the replay here.
Our Facebook Live session from Friday 10 September 2021 brought together an expert panel to discuss the physical effects of COVID-19 for children, including advice on the Delta strain and vaccinations.
Hosted by Dr Anthea Rhodes (Paediatrician) with special guests Professor Andrew Steer (infectious diseases expert), Dr Sarah McNab (Director, General Medicine), Dr Shidan Tosif (Paediatrician and COVID-19 testing lead) and Associate Professor Margie Danchin (Paediatrician and vaccination expert).
The first in the Alfred’s series of community information sessions on the COVID-19 vaccines. In this session, Prof Allen Cheng and paediatrician A/Prof Nigel Crawford explain how the COVID-19 vaccine works in children over 12 and answer questions from the community.
Kids Health Info: Children and COVID-19 vaccines
Kids Health Info: An in-depth talk about anxiety
Kids Health Info: Latest news on COVID-19 in children with Dr Sarah McNab
Kids Health Info: Fear of needles. What helps?
Kids Health Info: Is it healthy eating or an eating disorder?
Kids Health Info: Those tricky times with toddlers
As schools return to in-classroom learning next week, we know that students, families, and teachers are busy preparing for the term ahead and may have some questions about how to keep safe this school year. In this Kids Health Podcast episode, our hosts Dr Lexi Frydenberg and Dr Margie Danchin explain what’s being done to improve safety and prevent transmission in schools, and what surveillance testing with rapid antigen tests involves.
They also chat about the benefits of kids going back to face-to-face learning and how families can manage some of the return-to-school nerves their children may be experiencing.
For many of us, the new year has not started as we had hoped. With the Omicron variant so prevalent in the community and the start to the school year just around the corner, many parents may be wondering what the latest news is with COVID-19 and children.
In this Kids Health Info podcast episode, host Dr Anthea Rhodes is joined by Dr Sarah McNab, Director of General Medicine at The Royal Children’s Hospital to unpack the current situation with COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations in Victoria, how the Omicron variant is affecting children, the importance of vaccination, and what a Code Brown in Victorian hospitals means for the community.
Are you worried a COVID-19 test may be painful or stressful for your child? Seventy-four per cent of Australian parents hold this concern.
Watch our video above with Dr Laila Ibrahim to hear what we found and also tips to keeping children calm during a test.
View more information about the poll
Is your child wondering why everyone is wearing a mask?
We know that explaining the importance of masks to your child may be challenging, so we sat down with Jazz and Nurse Kareena to talk through it.
Having a COVID-19 swab test can be a bit scary for children and you might be wondering how to explain it to them.
Isla visited our Respiratory Infection Clinic last week for a COVID-19 test after she was showing symptoms which meet the criteria for testing.
The grade two student took us with her while she had her swab and told us what it felt like from a child’s perspective.
Thankfully for Isla, her test came back negative.
While we are all encouraged to stay at home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that families still continue to access health care, when it is needed.
Parents and families should feel safe and comfortable accessing care at their local health provider, and should never delay visiting these services in times of concern.
Watch our video above to hear Dr Sarah McNab talk about the signs and symptoms to look for in your child, and when to visit your GP or nearby Emergency Department.
To check the status of the RCH Emergency Department, please visit our ED tracker here:
Watch this video to be taken through how to best prepare for your Telehealth appointment with this quick step guide.
Talking to your child about COVID-19 can be challenging, and we know some parents might be unsure about how to answer their questions.
Dr Margie is back to provide you with some tools on how to have the conversation and how you can support your child through this pandemic.
For more information please see:
To keep up-to-date with the right information on COVID-19 please visit
https://www.health.gov.au/ and if you are worried your child may have COVID-19 please call the hotline on 1800 675 398.
Are you unsure about how to explain COVID-19 to our child or answer questions about why they can't see their friends or grandparents?
Jazz from RCH TV gave Dr Mike Starr, a paediatrician at the RCH, a call to find out some answers to questions your children might have.
Have you seen people in hospital and paramedics wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? It can look strange! Jazz tracks down Nurse Kareena to learn why it's important.
Danny and Clara asked Dr Sarah McNab from The Royal Children's Hospital about wearing face masks to protect them and others from COVID-19.
The RCH National Child Health Poll is a quarterly, national survey of Australian households shedding new light on the big issues in contemporary child and adolescent health – as told by the Australian public.
In the Poll conducted in August 2020, we examined the effect of COVID-19 on the lives of Australian children and families and found that, despite the hardships, Australian families have found some silver linings in the challenges. Read more about these poll results below.
In November 2020, the Poll investigated parents’ concerns about COVID-19 testing in kids, finding that Australian parents are in support of COVID-19 testing for kids with 79 per cent understanding the important role it plays in stopping the spread, however, despite these high levels, many parents think twice before getting their child tested. Read more about these poll results below.
In June 2021, the Poll explored Australian parents’ experience with telehealth for kids, finding that Australian families have found telehealth to be a convenient solution to the challenges of accessing healthcare during the pandemic. Read more about these poll results below.
COVID-19 and child and adolescent health
COVID-19 vaccination for children and adolescents
MCRI Research brief on COVID in ECEC
This COVID-19 and Kids Resource Hub brings together the latest research and evidence-based resources on COVID-19 and kids.
Find information on COVID-19 and protective hygiene, plus tips to help you and your family cope through lockdowns.
Free online support for Victorian families. Programs are available to help support every child’s emotional wellbeing and every family’s mental health.
Children, young people and mental health services.
Mental health checklists and talking points for the whole family.
Mental health information for 12–25 year olds.
Information about mental health issues in children, how to improve kids’ mental health and where to get help.
A guide for families to support mindfulness at home
The stepladder approach is a stepwise way of helping with anxiety in children
Media Hub is a collation of interviews and external articles that include trusted, respected and easy to understand advice from the RCH experts and our campus partners.
For information about RCH visitor guidelines and translated resources on COVID-19, including our key videos, visit the
COVID-19 landing page.
The RCH Respiratory Infection Clinic is open daily from 8.30am–4.30pm (including Public Holidays) for kids COVID-19 testing. Visit the
Respiratory Infection Clinic page to find out more about our RIC and children’s COVID-19 testing.