Past News

2nd HELP Conference

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is hosting the 2nd Health, Educators, Learners, Practioners (H.E.L.P.) Conference. This conference brings together professionals from Health and Education with a focus on improving outcomes for children with chronic and serious illnesses. The conference will be held at Sea World Nara Resort on the Gold Coast (Australia) from 18th to 20th of September 2013.

The theme for this year’s H.E.L.P. Conference is ‘The Ripple Effect’: How the effects of serious illness and treatment impact on children, their families, teachers and the health professionals who support them.

Focusing on continuity of education and the social/emotional impacts for children with serious illness the conference will provide information based on latest research, challenges and strategies to improve outcomes for children, families and practitioners.

The 2013 H.E.L.P Conference is an exceptional opportunity to share ideas, expertise and build collaborations with practitioners nationally and internationally.

For more information and to register go to the Conference’s website 

Announcement and call for abstracts

The adolescent in renal care – growth towards independence’
May 30 – June 1, 2013 – Rotterdam, NL
44th annual meeting of European Working Group on Psychosocial Aspects of Children with Chronic Renal Failure’
Download announcement (Pdf – 119Kb)

New Year’s greetings 2013

In 2012 we have witnessed an erosion of service to our vulnerable pupils in some European  countries.

May 2013 be a year where we make progress in our aim to provide education to children and young adults who are sick. New Year’s Day is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. (Thanks to Brad Paisley).

We wish you a peaceful new year and all the best for 2013.


Jan Haverkate,

HOPE president

Virtual GA

THe Virtual General Assembly 2013 is now officially open and can be viewed here

All HOPE members, registered to this website may access it and leave a comment.

HOPE Statutes: final proposed text

The final proposed text for the New HOPE Statutes is available here.

This text will be voted at next HOPE GA in Amsterdam

Invitation to HOPE General Assembly 2012

Dear members of HOPE,

You are herewith all officially invited to participate at the 9th General Assembly of HOPE.

It will take place on Friday, 12th October 2012, from 10.00 – 12.00 a.m., at Hotel CASA 400,  Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4, 1097 BC Amsterdam, The Netherlands (first call 9.45).

In order to save time and to allow you to take an active part in the discussions we made a special edition of our Newsletter.  It includes all necessary documents.   All participants are requested to read it carefully and bring it to the General Assembly.  Each proposal for suggested change of the agenda must be given in writing to the President and the secretary no later than fifteen days before the General Assembly.


HOPE members may download the special edition newsletter from the member’s page of this website. Remember that yo need to register and login in order to gain access to the member’s area.

Perugia, August 1, 2012

Michele Capurso, HOPE President

8th European HOPE Congress

8th European HOPE Congress – website

For hospital-teachers and other professionals involved in education and care of children and adolescents with medical needs

Hospital teaching in changing times – Education of sick children and adolescents in relation to active aging.

Amsterdam, 8 – 13 October, 2012

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