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 both on the ward and once they are discharged.
Camp Quality is one of the major funders of Child Life Therapy positions in Australia. In NSW, Child Life Therapists are present at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. We also fund Child Life Therapists in Victoria at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.
Who is it for:
Parent of a child with cancer Health Professional
Programs are currently available in NSW and VIC. Camp Quality is committed to advocating for wider access to this group of professionals.