The Austin School provides an educational program for young people from 5 to 18 years who are paediatric patients of the hospital. They have been admitted to the hospital with a serious health problem that usually requires hospitalisation for a minimum period of three days. Young people are supported to improve their wellbeing, to make positive changes and to be successfully reintegrated into education or vocation.
The students suffer from a range of health problems including eating disorders, epilepsy, spinal and skeletal injury, acquired brain injury (ABI) and chronic illness. When able, enrolled students attend the classroom located on Ward 2 West, otherwise they are attended by the Austin teacher bedside. Other patients of school age within the hospital as well as young people admitted to the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital can also be referred for educational support.
The program provides an opportunity for students to:
- Continue their schooling when appropriate
- Develop strategies that will assist them in their return to school
- Have a positive educational experience
- Explore issues that may be impacting on their ability to engage in education or to maximise their learning opportunities
The Curriculum focuses on student wellbeing, self-awareness and management and social-awareness and management.
See our program brochure here.