Demolition begins to make way for the new Ronald McDonald House Family Room

Demolition begins to make way for the new Ronald McDonald House Family Room

Posted on 21. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

Demolition of part of the children’s wing at the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton started this month to make way for a brand new family refuge unit for the parents of children who are being treated at the hospital.

Situated next to the children’s paediatric ward, the new refuge is for the families and carers of children who are patients in the paediatric, oncology, intensive care and newborn services wards.  It will have kitchen, shower, laundry, library and lounge facilities.

An initiative of Ronald McDonald House Monash (RMHM) working in partnership with Southern Health, the refuge will be known as the Ronald McDonald Family Room.  It will be entirely funded, managed and staffed by RMHM.

Pictured are the Domotor family from Traralgon, who donned hard hats and overalls to help start the demolition process.  Mum Rebecca, dad Pat and their three children Layla (2), Lily (5) and Alana (7) are typical of the people who will use the Family Room when building is complete later this year.  Rebecca and the children spend most of their time at the hospital while their new baby Chase, who was born prematurely four months ago, receives life saving treatment.  Pat works in South Australia and visits his family fortnightly.

The $750,000 Family Room unit is being built with the generous support of the community including donations from individuals, philanthropic trusts, charities and businesses.  The Victorian Government has also pledged $250,000 towards the building costs.

We know that life with a seriously ill child in hospital is anything but normal.  Families typically spend all day on the ward to be close to their sick child and in these times of crisis, this comfortable family room will provide them with a place to rest and gather their strength.

Over 24,000 children were admitted to Monash last year for treatment and that number is expected to increase significantly in future.

About Ronald McDonald House Monash (RMHM)


RMHM opened its doors in 1993.  Situated next to the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, it provides a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children who are being treated at the hospital.  Last year, 525 families stayed in the House from all over Victoria and from interstate.


As well as operating the Clayton House, RMHM also manages the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat Holiday Accommodation Program in Ocean Grove for families with seriously ill children; the Ronald McDonald Learning Program for children who have missed school due to illness; and will be responsible for the new Ronald McDonald Family Room at Monash Children’s to be completed later this year.


Volunteers make up 80 per cent of the staff at the House and we raise the majority of our operational costs through fundraising activities with the community, philanthropic trusts and the corporate sector.  We are not funded by the McDonald’s Corporation, although we do receive some support from its aid organisation, Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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