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
Programs are available in NSW and in VIC