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Everything we do starts with a smile.

Since 1998, TLC for Kids has given relief and much-needed distraction to sick children and their families during stressful and traumatic situations. In hospitals across Australia, our services have been used over 15.1 million times and counting.

Our Programs and Services

Our vision is for sick children and their families to be practically and emotionally supported during crucial times of need.

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Rapid TLC Service

Rapid support to children and families in need, offering items, services, practical and financial relief, when needed most.

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TLC Ambulance

The TLC Ambulance creates special moments for children in palliative care, transporting them to treasured places for lasting memories.

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Tap 2 Distract

Tap 2 Distract offers positive engagement to help children feel in control during medical procedures.

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TLC Distraction Box

The TLC Distraction Box is a therapeutic kit used to ease children’s anxiety during 
hospital visits.

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Make a difference by getting involved

Your involvement through donating, fundraising, campaigning, advocating, partnering with your business or volunteering can make a huge difference to children and their families in need.

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Spending time with the families on a TLC Ambulance Trip is a real highlight for me. Being able to enjoy the day with them is something I truly treasure. I feel lucky to be part of this very special program.”

Ambulance Victoria Paramedic
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The Chairman's Dinner

We are honoured to announce our forthcoming Chairman’s Dinner, an evening dedicated to celebrating the remarkable achievements of TLC for Kids. This event will serve as a heartfelt acknowledgment of our profound impact on the community, marking over 15 million times of support provided to sick children and their families since 1998.

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What makes us unique

No eligibility criteria or limits

We work with kids as many times as they need and do not ignore those who have been supported by other charities. There is no pre-required illness, location, citizenship or financial status.

No waiting lists & instant response times

We prioritise quick action on every request. Our commitment is to provide a response within 24-48 hours, with the aim to be even quicker when possible.

Large networks of healthcare professionals

Health professionals are our partners in care, alerting us to children’s needs, enabling us to provide swift, compassionate assistance where it counts.

A small charity delivering big impact

Our tight-knit team maximises efficiency, running on extraordinarily lean operating costs from a single office to support families across Australia.

News and Updates

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01 Apr 24

3AW community unites to raise funds for the TLC Ambulance, Mitch!

In honour of Neil Mitchel, the second TLC Ambulance is about to hit the road, and his name is Mitch!

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11 Jul 24

The Distraction App that Wins Hearts and Awards: Tap 2 Distract

In today’s fast-paced world, finding moments of mental peace can be challenging. We’re constantly bombarded by social media…

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TLC for Kids Services

Tap 2 Distract

The Tap 2 Distract App is a vital digital tool that offers numerous benefits for pain management and coping with stressful situations, making it particularly valuable for children or individuals with needle phobia, undergoing vaccinations, immunisations, or medical examinations. Using distraction and diversion therapy as the basis for its content, the app draws inspiration from our TLC Distraction Box, which has been providing effective distraction techniques for 20+ years in over 400 hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.

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Why we care

Since 1998, TLC for Kids has been a comforting presence in Australian hospitals, with services accessed over 15.1 million times. Annually providing over 1 million instances of critical support, we’ve now expanded our care with the Tap 2 Distract app, reaching more children globally. As a steadfast safety net, we offer individualised support to sick children and their families, recognising that the smallest acts of kindness often make the largest impact.

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