Moira Kelly Creating Hope Foundation


Frequently Asked Questions About Referring Children

We help a range of conditions including orthopedic, craniofacial, burns and plastics, renal and urology cases.

The condition must be operable and unable to be treated in the child’s country; we seek this confirmation from Australian surgeons who partner with us
As a rule, we accept children aged under 17 years.
Outside of Australia
All accommodation, living and medical costs are covered by Moira Kelly Creating Hope Foundation.

Costs related to arranging passports and a medical visa are to be met by the child’s family/community. We can assist with this on a case by case basis.

If it is possible for the family, we ask a contribution towards airfares.
If accepted for treatment in Australia we will provide guidance to arrange the necessary documentation.
Where a child needs to come to Australia with a care-giver, we ask that the child’s mother accompanies the child.
It is preferred that mother or carer only accompanies the child. We can assess this on a case by case basis.
You child will be cared for at our home, with Volunteers and children from other countries who in our care.
Your child will have the best medical care from excellent surgeons and hospitals. All the children are cared for by our volunteers at our home.
When the surgeon accepts your child’s case he/she will give us an approximate time. This will depend on the complexity of your child’s treatment.
We will organise the extension of the medical visa for you.
Cases that are deemed to be urgent are given special consideration. Timing is dependent on the availability of hospital beds and the surgeon’s operating schedules. Delays with immigration, visas and accommodation can also impact on the timing of treatment for a child.
Most of the children who come here do not speak English and we look for support in the community for people who speak your native language. We also organise interpreters for all major medical appointments. Once they’re here children learn English very quickly.
Yes. We ensure children remain connected to their family.
Australia’s climate varies. We provide necessary clothing for your child
We try to provide food your child likes. We encourage your child to eat food that will be served in hospital.
We help children from all cultures and beliefs
We make every effort to take parent and child to church wherever possible.

The Moira Kelly Creating Hope Foundation is staffed entirely by volunteers.