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How we help

Camp Quality gives kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again, with services and programs designed to help change the cancer story: in hospital, at home, at school or away from it all. 

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How We Help

At home

Our Kids’ Guide to Cancer App is a world first award-winning app that supports kids who have a parent, sibling, friend, or loved one with cancer. It’s a free, interactive educational program that answers the most common questions children have about cancer in a language they understand.

The New Normal Navigator App is another essential online tool, designed to give parents of kids diagnosed with cancer the resources to help adjust to 'a new normal'.  

Our Financial Support Program provides help for bereaved families in extreme financial difficulty. 

Family Experiences are free tickets – to the zoo, the footy or a sparkling show – generously provided to Camp Quality to share with our families.

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In hospital

Our Child Life Therapists help kids deal with being in hospital by teaching them playful techniques to understand medical procedures as well as coping skills proven to reduce anxiety. Therapists will stay by a child’s side throughout their time at hospital and form strong bonds that can help the whole family.

The Camp Quality Puppets – Kylie, Mel and Dean – visit kids in hospital each week with Puppet Playdates, helping to ease anxiety and make them laugh. For some kids, the shock of treatment makes them shut down emotionally, even to their parents, but the puppets have a way of connecting and letting them just be kids. Puppet Digital Playdates are a 10 minute interactive session with the puppets via an online device, allowing the puppets to bring joy and laughter even further to kids isolated by treatment, COVID or in regional and remote areas. 

A friendly face in each of the children’s hospitals around the country, Camp Quality’s Programs Team visit kids, sometimes every week, offering support, advice, a ready smile and the essential connections families need to both Camp Quality's services and others. 

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At school

As part our Primary School Cancer Education Program the Camp Quality Puppets – Kylie, Dean and Mel – visit primary schools and pre-schools across Australia. They perform a fun, empowering, interactive show that dispels the myths around cancer and creates an inclusive community for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, or who have a diagnosed parent or sibling. Kids who see the show are left in no doubt that not only do the Puppets make everybody laugh, but "you can't catch cancer!"

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Away from it all

Our Kids' Camps provide kids dealing with cancer – and their families – with the opportunity to get away from it all, to laugh, make new friends and have grubby, glorious new adventures! Medical volunteers are always on hand to ensure health needs are cared for and parents can relax. 

Family Camps are an opportunity for parents, children and siblings to reconnect with each other and make new connections with other families in a similar situation.

Fun Days are awesome planned events where families get together and enjoy something they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to do, or the time to organise themselves, such as a day in the bush or a trip to the zoo. 

Our Family Experiences are about providing families with an opportunity to have an unforgettable time and create incredible memories, like cheering on a footy match, or going for a whirl on the rides at Luna Park, all for free!

Our Retreats are designed for families in remission, post-treatment or in the heartbreaking case of bereavement, and are often the first time a family will have been on holiday together since diagnosis. Located in Coffs Harbour and Salamander Bay (NSW), Warrnambool (VIC) and West Beach Caravan Park (SA), the retreats are beautiful, natural environments that help you all take a breath.

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