Child Rights Education

In 2011, Y@K made a video about Child Rights. The Y@K felt that Child Rights are something they feel strongly about and met with a team of professionals in the RCH to pursue an idea they had made in a Y@K meeting. Some of the rights Y@K thought were best to use are; To be involved … Continued

Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Wednesday the 18th of April was Youth Homelessness Matters Day. On the day, young people worked with Young people’s Health Service and Education to create the Youth Homelessness couch. Young people’s Health Service and Education and some Y@Ker’s got together in Main Street and handed out Youth Homelessness day stickers, magnets and fliers to young … Continued

Visit from HM Queen Elizabeth

On 26 October 2011, four Y@Ker’s were invited to open the doors for HM Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh. They were all very excited to do this and politely accepted. On the day, there was live coverage of The Queen’s visit all over TV and a private hospital showing. Brooke and Shannon Dance were the first … Continued

The Royal Children’s Hospital Youth Forum

On Monday 8 August 2011, The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Youth Advisory Council, more informally known as the Y@K (Youth at the Kids), hosted the first-ever RCH Youth Forum. A total of 166 young people participated in the one-day forum, of which 141 came from around the state and 25 inpatients from wards. Attendees, aged … Continued

Youth Peer Support

In 2009 three mentors joined the Y@K team to help us in furthering our goals. RCH Youth Peer Workers, Jordan, Phillipe and Tamara all have experience as patients of the RCH, as well as working in other hospital programs. These Youth Peer Workers have a great insight into how the hospital operates, which means they … Continued


Y@K meetings are held monthly, where the team discusses any new issues that may have arisen and shares ideas for enhancements to hospital services. The meetings can be general, or may include fun and informative workshops. In our February workshop we visited the site of the new hospital to witness the progress of this amazing … Continued

Grand Rounds

The Grand Rounds Seminar Series provided an opportunity for the RCH community to hear directly from young people about the issues that affect their experiences of RCH services and facilities. In their first Grand Round presentation, representatives from Y@K shared personal stories of their positive hospital experiences and situations that may have been better. The … Continued