Rights and responsibilities

Your rights

As a parent care giver or child attending Perth Children’s Hospital you and your child have the right to:
  • free public health services
  • treatment in order of need
  • be treated with respect and dignity
  • to be heard 
  • to be included in any decisions around treatment
  • access a range of services
  • an explanation of treatment and consent before being treated
  • request a second opinion
  • advice on care when you leave the health service
  • confidentiality
  • access to your health records
  • consent before being involved in training or research
  • a simple procedure for making complaints.

Children’s Rights Charter

PCH has adopted the Charter on the Rights of Children and Young People in Healthcare Services in Australia. We ensure that every child and young person has a right to:

  1. Consideration of their best interests as the primary concern of all involved in his or her care.
  2. Express their views, and to be heard and taken seriously.
  3. The highest attainable standard of healthcare.
  4. Respect for themselves as a whole person, as well as respect for their family and the family’s individual characteristics, beliefs, culture and contexts.
  5. Be nurtured by their parents and family, and to have family relationships supported by the service in which the child or young person is receiving healthcare.
  6. Information, in a form that is understandable to them.
  7. Participate in decision-making and, as appropriate to their capabilities, to make decisions about their care.
  8. Be kept safe from all forms of harm.
  9. Have their privacy respected.
  10. Participate in education, play, creative activities and recreation, even if this is difficult due to their illness or disability.
  11. Continuity of healthcare, including well-planned care that takes them beyond and paediatric context.

Your responsibilities

To help us provide better care, we need our patients, families and carers to:
  • Tell staff about their health history and that of their family.
  • Tell staff about treatment or medication they are receiving when admitted to the health service.
  • Tell staff about any change in their condition or any problems they may have with their treatment.
  • Let staff know about any special needs they have, particularly any cultural, religious or access needs.
  • Be courteous and respect the role of health service staff.
  • Follow treatment instructions or let health service staff know if they cannot or do not wish to do so.
  • Keep appointments or let health service staff know as soon as possible if they are unable to attend.
  • Know that the health service has a special role in training health care professionals. Each person’s treatment may provide an opportunity for such training.

Making a complaint

To raise issues with staff members, you can:
Making a complaint will not impact negatively on any future service or treatment you may receive.

Filming and photography

You can film and photograph your child while they are a patient at PCH. 

However, any photography or filming of PCH staff (all staff, including nurses and doctors), other children in the hospital or their family/carers without their permission is prohibited to ensure their privacy.



Children's Rights Charter

Download the poster for children's rights (PDF) and young people rights in healthcare (PDF)

More information

Making a compliment or complaint

Safety at PCH

About consumer rights

Health Consumer's Council advocacy service

Accessing your child's health record