Hospital to Home

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Hospital to Home is a program operating throughout Australia, providing outreach support within three months of loss to bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a baby or infant through stillbirth (including TFMR), neonatal death or the sudden unexpected death of an infant (SUDI).

Support can be provided face-to-face, by phone or videoconference and is tailored to individual needs. Parents decide how they would like to be supported, the options include:

  • Emotional support and help with memory making
  • Guidance and support around creating a funeral/memorial
  • Support to attend follow-up medical appointments and receive genetic test or autopsy results
  • Providing information on grief, how it impacts individuals and relationships, and the supports available.
  • Talking to/supporting siblings, liaison with their school
  • Practical support, including unsubscribing from parenting forums and accessing Centrelink entitlements
  • Preparing people within the community to respond sensitively to parents’ needs, including return to work
  • Providing support to extended family (e.g. grandparents) living overseas
  • Responding to requests from bereaved parents for other types of emotional and practical support.

Bereaved parents can self-refer into the program, and professionals caring for bereaved parents can refer into the Hospital to Home program with parents’ consent.

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Last reviewed: 23/9/22