Queensland virtual hospital education program


​​​​The Department of Education is committed to developing and implementing a statewide continuum of educational delivery to ensure that students with chronic health or complex mental health conditions receive specialised and appropriate educational support at all stages of their illness.

What is the Virtual Hospital Education program?

Complementing our Queensland Children's Hospital School campus programs, students can now be supported through our new Virtual Hospital Education Program. The Virtual Hospital Education Program (VHEP) delivers online lessons -

  1. to students in a range of hospitals where there is no onsite teacher
  2. to students recently discharged from a hospital but not yet able to attend their school.

Delivered online through Microsoft Teams, the program fosters continuity of learning, supports students' engagement while they are away from school, and informs a more successful transition back to base school for all students. 

In hospitals where there is no onsite teacher, students can access the virtual program.

Current hospital locations include:

  • The Prince Charles Hospital (Brisbane)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital (Brisbane)
  • Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (Brisbane)
  • Mackay Base Hospital
Students are encouraged to use their own or their family's device (4G enabled), or they can borrow a QCHS laptop or iPad at some locations. Plans are currently underway to expand this service to further regional and rural hospitals.

Recently discharged students, unable to attend their base school, can also access the virtual program.

Upon discharge from hospital, students not returning immediately to their base school may also be eligible for lessons through this service, if they meet particular criteria. It's preferable that students have their own device (4G enabled) and internet access. Please talk to our VHEP staff if you need support to access a device.

Who can attend?

Any student who is:

  • enrolled in a state, Catholic or independent school from Prep to Year 12
  • anticipated to miss four or more days of school
  • an inpatient of a participating hospital
  • a discharged patient, unable to return to base school after discharge
  • a school-aged young person who is not currently enrolled in a school but are looking to re-engage in school or an alternate learning pathway
How does it work?
  • Lessons are delivered to students online using Microsoft Teams.
  • Lessons are one-on one, delivered by a Department of Education qualified teacher, and run between 30-50mins.
  • Lesson run between 9am - 3pm within regular Queensland state school calendar dates.
  • Times are negotiated between teacher and student/parent/medical staff.
  • Lesson length, duration and frequency are flexible to encourage student participation and engagement (with consideration given to their treatment needs and level of wellness).​

For more information

Email: with your details and any questions.

Alternatively, contact the program coordinator on 0460 030 741, leaving your name and return contact number.​

Last reviewed 05 October 2023
Last updated 05 October 2023