Hannah’s House is a registered not for profit organisation dedicated to providing services that improve the quality of life for all West Australian children with life-limiting conditions and their families.  There is a widely acknowledged gap in the provision of children’s respite services in WA. Although a child might receive a life-limiting diagnosis, their journey could span weeks, months or even years. This often results in a great stress on families for a sustained period of time and impacts their resources, relationships and wellbeing. Hannah’s House plays an important role in helping maintain the quality of life for seriously ill children within their own home and fostering healthy family relationships for parents and siblings.  Hannah’s House is the vision of Martin Watson and Jacky Vigurs, whose daughter Hannah was born with Opitz Trigonocephaly and was not expected to survive beyond her first birthday. Hannah passed away in 2010 at age 19, with Martin and Jacky her lifelong caregivers. After a holiday to the UK introduced them to the children’s hospice model of providing support and respite to families caring for a child with life-limiting conditions, Martin and Jacky have been committed to seeing a facility of this kind opened in Perth and available to all Western Australian families.  Hannah’s House is in the first stage of realising this vision by providing in-home respite care and support through a dedicated team of registered nurses. Our ultimate goal is a purpose-built hospice based on a ‘home away from home’ concept. It will provide holistic care focusing on the emotional, social and physical needs of the child and family, starting from diagnosis and continuing throughout the child’s life.  Hannah’s House complements and is supported by a range of existing services in WA. We are helping fill a significant, unmet need for essential respite and other out of hospital support for families caring for children with life-limiting conditions.   The Children’s Hospice Association (INC) was established in August 2000 and now trades as Hannah’s House. Hannah’s House is a registered DGR and holds a current Charitable Collections License.

Welcome to Hannah's House!

In-home care for kids with complex needs

Hannah’s House is a Perth-based not for profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life for children living with life-limiting conditions or complex health needs and their families. We offer flexible, individualised in-home respite, care and support through a dedicated team of registered nurses.

Caring for a child with these conditions places a great strain on the family and pervades every area of their lives. Parents are expected to learn to do things for their child that only a registered nurse or clinically trained professional would do normally. Our aim is to help keep children out of hospital and in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

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What We Offer

We specialise in support for children aged from birth to 18 years, who are living at home with life-limiting conditions or rare and complex care needs. We offer planned and emergency respite and palliative care in the family home. Our registered nurses make it possible for parents to have a break, reconnect with family and friends, go to work or just catch up on much needed sleep.

Getting Help

Hannah’s House receives requests for support through the Social Work and Pallative Care units at PMH, government agencies (including the Disability Support Commission and the Dept. of Child Protection) and other allied agencies such as Kalparrin. We also accept requests for support directly from families or other primary care givers.


If you would like to know more about accessing support through Hannah’s House or have a general enquiry about our services, please contact:

Susan King
Clinical Services Manager
0413 372 943