Super siblings united together for annual event

On Saturday 11 November, the siblings of patients with a disability or chronic health condition united together for a special morning called ‘Super Sibs’ at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

The annual event provides an opportunity for siblings to meet other children in similar situations in a fun and relaxed environment. It also aims to raise awareness of the importance of supporting siblings and all family members when they care for a child with a disability and/or medical needs.

This year, ‘Super Sibs’ involved activities which ranged from cupcake decorating and face painting through to games and music production alongside guest appearances from the Clown Doctors, Captain Starlight, Fairy Sparkle, the team from Merlin Entertainment’s WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo, NSW Waratahs players Brad Wilkin and Nick Palmer and coach, Simon Cron.

‘Super Sibs’ is just one example of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick’s commitment to not only supporting patients, but family units in their entirety.

"Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick has a strong commitment to supporting and providing the best family-centred care to children both in and out of the hospital. This year, ‘Super Sibs’ marked its fourth year of bringing siblings and families together for this special occasion,” said Sandra De Marchi, Senior Social Worker at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

“Celebrating the siblings event is our way of saying thank you to all the siblings for the wonderful support they provide to their brother or sister with additional health needs.

“Siblings are likely to have the longest relationship with their brother or sister with a disability. If we can nurture that relationship from early on then it is likely that the sibling relationship will be more enduring and mutually sustaining,” added Sandra De Marchi.