Ngala’s Residential Parenting Service (RPS) –  Hospital Stays

At Ngala, we understand that the early years for many families may be a challenging experience. Ngala’s Residential Parenting Service can work alongside you and your child’s individual needs which might include your adjustment to parenting and your child’s unique developmental needs.

We encourage and welcome dads and partners to access our services and to stay overnight where possible. Ngala recognises dads are vital to relationships and the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of their children. We also offer a Dad’s Discussion Group on a Wednesday evening.

Our Residential Parenting Service include Day Stays and Extended Stays and takes place at Ngala’s Private Hospital in the Perth suburb of Kensington. We believe this approach allows parents the time to learn and connect with their child in a safe and nurturing environment.

The service operates Monday to Friday and admissions may vary from one to four days. During this time our interdisciplinary team including Child Health Nurses, Midwives, Lactation Consultants, Mothercraft Nurses, Social Workers and Psychologists will work alongside you.

During your stay we will explore and be responsive to the individual and distinct needs of each family which might include:

• understanding relationships within your family, past experiences and their impact, health and developmental issues, how you communicate and connect with your baby;
• building on your understanding of your baby’s needs;
• developing new parenting skills and knowledge about your baby and family;
• practicing and consolidating your skills with the help of staff support and role modelling;
• preparedness for going home; and
• Individual consultations or facilitated groups with social work and/or psychology staff.

In both the Day Stay and Extended Stay services you will have your own bedrooms – one for parents and one for your child(ren). The children’s room will have a cot or bed depending on age and your request. Each nursery has a camera which enables us to watch and monitor your child during sleep and settling.

Day Stay

Ngala Day stay service is a 6-hour admission, from 9am to 3pm approximately. If you would like to access this service please contact the Ngala Parenting Line on 9368 9368.

This service is available for parents with a child or children under the age of 18 months.
Parents may benefit from seeking early intervention to discuss how their overnight sleep issues can also be explored further within a day stay. This also provides an opportunity to reassure parents that their experiences may be within the normal ranges of their baby’s development and their adjustment as parents.

Extended Stay

Ngala’s Extended stay service operates from Monday 1.30 pm to Friday 8.00 am and is available for parents with children up to the age of 6 years. If you would like to access this service please contact the Ngala Parenting Line on 9368 9368. Our Parenting Line staff can also offer you guidance and support while you are waiting for your admission.

Admission and Fees

Your completed Request for Admission is required for all admissions to Ngala’s private hospital. Please fill in the family section of this form and take it to your medical practitioner for them to complete their section with you.

Request for Admission

On receiving your completed Request for Admission form, it will be assessed by Ngala’s Intake Nurse. Once this assessment is completed, Ngala Bookings staff or Intake team will contact you to offer an admission date.

As Ngala is a private Tier two hospital fees may be covered by your health insurance. We suggest you contact your health fund as soon as possible to check your level of cover and any excess that may apply to your admission.

There is a fee for each patient (primary caregiver and child) admitted as well as partners for an Extended Stay admission.

Once an admission has been confirmed you will be provided admission paperwork by email.

Uninsured clients may access other payment options, which can be discussed with our Intake or Bookings staff during the booking process.

If you require further information please contact the Parenting Line on 9368 9368.