Child Life Therapy - Camp Quality
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We’re in every child cancer ward nationwide. Our confidence-boosting puppets reassure kids; our hospital support team help families navigate the cancer experience’s admin and our Child Life Therapists minimise anxiety, pain and trauma of treatment through play techniques.

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Child Life Therapy

During a child’s cancer treatment cycle, a Child Life Therapist encourages coping skills through play, education and distraction, helping to minimise stress and anxiety.

The better a child’s experience in a hospital setting, the better their long-term psychological wellbeing. Educating patients about procedures can also lead to a reduced need for general anaesthetic or sedation, reducing stress on the body.

Child Life Therapists work in hospitals and teach children strategies that help them manage their illness inside and outside hospital.

Camp Quality is one of the major funders of Child Life Therapy positions in Australia. We currently fund Child Life Therapists in NSW and VIC. In NSW, we fund Child Life Therapists at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. We also fund Child Life Therapists in Victoria at Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre. Our Child Life Therapists held almost 3,000 play sessions in NSW and over 1,000 in Victoria in 2016.

Who is it for:

Parent of a child with cancer   Health Professional

Type:

At Hospital

Location:

Programs are available in NSW and in VIC

Benefits of Child Life Therapy

  • Research shows that Child Life Therapy can improve a child’s coping skills during the cancer treatment cycle
  • Improved experience in hospital leads to better long-term mental and physical wellbeing for children
  • Treatment education can reduce the need for pain intervention and stress on the body
  • Child Life Therapists takes into account the wellbeing of the entire family, including siblings

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