School in hospital

Girl playing cards at PCH

The School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health (SSEN:MMH) provides specialist teaching support for primary and secondary students who are in hospital. 

If a student is not able to attend school after leaving hospital, teaching support can continue through home visits where a medical certificate is available for ten days to ten weeks absence. 

SSEN:MMH supports school-aged children and young people, with a focus on children who are expected to be away from school for five days or more.  

Our classrooms

Girl playing at desk at PCH

SSEN:MMH operates in eight school rooms throughout PCH. Our main teaching areas are school rooms that are between the wards on Levels 1, 2, 4 and 5. We operate during the school day and term, between 9.15am and 3:15pm (like a regular school day – including breaks!).

Our teachers have tablets and computers to connect students to enrolled school portals and engage them in fun educational activities. We also have a wide range of virtual and hard copy teaching resources and library books that can be accessed through the Toni Jones Resource Centre on Level 3.

Special projects

SSEN:MMH collaborates with PCH and other organisations to host the Hospital Orchestra Project (HOP) with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra. HOP delivers music sessions and entertainment to patients and families throughout the year. We also work with the Artist in Residence (AIR) program, incorporating their activities into our educational programs.

Our staff

SSEN:MMH has over 50 staff working with students across programs at PCH. PCH Volunteers also help us deliver educational programs throughout the school week.

For more information, visit the Please see SSEN:MMH (external site).