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COVID-19 resources

  • 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.


    Facebook Live: COVID-19 vaccinations for five to 11 year olds: Your questions answered

    Our Facebook Live session from Thursday 16 December covered parents’ common questions about the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11 years here.


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    Facebook Live: COVID-19 vaccinations for five to 11 year olds: Your questions answered

    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.

    Supporting teens in the transition to life after lockdown

    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.


    Supporting primary school children in their return to onsite learning

    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.

    Supporting children's mental health during the pandemic and beyond

    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.

    Effects of COVID-19 on children's physical health

    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 Alfred: Community Vaccination Series Session 1

    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.

    Podcasts

    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

    Fact sheets

    Videos

    How to do a rapid antigen test


    RCH National Child Health Poll - COVID-19 testing in kids

    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

    A child’s guide to hospital: Why is everyone wearing a mask?

    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.

    A child’s guide to hospital: COVID-19 test

    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.


    Healthcare for your child during COVID-19

    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: www.rch.org.au/emerg_rch/status


    Telehealth quick step guide

    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

    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: https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Supporting_your_child_to_cope_with_the_COVID-19_pandemic/

    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.


    Answering your child’s questions

    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.

    Kids ask Dr Sarah about wearing masks

    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.

    Jazz and Kareena talk about PPE

    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.

    Multilingual COVID-19 Vaccination messages from RCH staff

    Our multilingual clinicians have joined together to bring our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community an important message about COVID-19 vaccinations. These videos are available in a number of community languages  here.

    Research

    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.

    COVID-19 pandemic: Effects on the lives of Australian children and families

    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.

    www.rchpoll.org.au/polls/covid-19-pandemic-effects-on-the-lives-of-australian-children-and-families/

    COVID-19 testing in kids: What concerns parents?

    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.

    www.rchpoll.org.au/polls/covid-19-testing-in-kids-what-concerns-parents/

    Telehealth for kids: Experiences of Australian parents

    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.

    www.rchpoll.org.au/polls/telehealth-for-kids-experiences-of-australian-parents/

    Research briefs by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

    COVID-19 and child and adolescent health

    COVID-19 vaccination for children and adolescents

    MCRI Research brief on COVID in ECEC

    Websites

    Centre for Community Child Health

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

    https://www.rch.org.au/ccch/covid-19/

     Raising Children COVID-19 Family Guide

    Find information on COVID-19 and protective hygiene, plus tips to help you and your family cope through lockdowns.

    https://raisingchildren.net.au/guides/coronavirus-covid-19-guide

    Triple P Parenting

    Free online support for Victorian families. Programs are available to help support every child’s emotional wellbeing and every family’s mental health.

    triplep-parenting.net.au

    Raising Healthy Minds from Raising Children Network

    raisingchildren.net.au/guides/raising-healthy-minds

    Better Health Channel

    Children, young people and mental health services.

    betterhealth.vic.gov.au/

    Beyondblue Healthy Families

    Mental health checklists and talking points for the whole family.

    healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/

    Headspace

    Mental health information for 12–25 year olds.

    headspace.org.au

    Health Direct

    Information about mental health issues in children, how to improve kids’ mental health and where to get help.

    healthdirect.gov.au/kids-mental-health

    Smiling Minds

    A guide for families to support mindfulness at home

    https://info.smilingmind.com.au/parentsguide

    Raising Children Network: Step ladder approach to anxiety

    The stepladder approach is a stepwise way of helping with anxiety in children

    https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/health-daily-care/mental-health/anxiety-stepladder-approach

    Media

    The 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.

    Helplines


    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.