Camp Quality boosts vital support for Child Life Therapists at John Hunter Children’s Hospital
Child Life Therapists reduce stress, fear and anxiety for children undergoing cancer treatment, by utilising play techniques to help them cope with often painful and daunting medical procedures.
Camp Quality has been funding a part time Child Life Therapist at John Hunter Children’s Hospital for the past seven years, has now increased their support to secure the position as full-time.
Michelle Perrin, Head of Department, Music, Art and Child Life Therapy at John Hunter Hospital said, “Camp Quality provides essential support for children and families undergoing oncology treatment at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital. We are very grateful for this increase in funding which will enable us to provide targeted support to children and families based on their developmental and emotional needs.
The Child Life Therapist will be able to spend more time preparing children for their medical interventions and coaching them in strategies to facilitate coping. We will now be able to spend important time ‘playing’ with children, which helps them to build a positive and trusting relationship with hospital staff and continue to meet their developmental needs during treatment. This ‘play’ can teach them that hospital can be a safe and sometimes fun place to come”
NBN News Newcastle caught up with the Burgess family to talk about how important child life therapy was for them.
Camp Quality will continue to fundraise for Child Life Therapists and aims to continue funding the full-time role at John Hunter Children’s Hospital. The charity also funds Child Life Therapists in two Melbourne hospitals and aims to expand this funding into other states in the future.
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