Animal Assisted Therapy

The Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program is a collaboration between our Foundation and the Paediatric Rehabilitation Department at the Hospital. This program has become another ‘tool’ that the Paediatric Rehabilitation Department staff can access as part of the rehabilitation program for children currently receiving treatment at the Hospital.

Hospital staff are now working with the Delta Society to deliver the AAT program at your Hospital. Delta Therapy Dogs is a heart-warming program that brings the joys of animal companionship to those who need it most.

There are currently two highly trained dogs (Harper and Teddy) and their handlers (Andrea and Gillian) helping to deliver this exciting new initiative in the Hospital.

Delta’s amazing and devoted volunteer Therapy Dog Teams brighten the lives of an estimated 20,000 Australians in hospitals and care facilities every week.

The dogs and handlers are accredited through the Delta Society and are fully trained to work in a hospital setting. They undertake special veterinary checks to ensure they meet high infection control standards.

Why Animal Assisted Therapy?

There is overwhelming evidence to support the physiological benefits such as reduction in blood pressure and heart rate; psychological benefits such as the reduction of stress and anxiety; social benefits such as the enhancement of communication and social interaction, when patients participate in Animal Assisted Therapy.

These are particularly important in the acute setting when children and their families are dealing with the stress and anxiety or illness and injury, as well as the unfamiliar and intimidating environment of a hospital, an experience that can be especially daunting for young patients at your Hospital.

In Animal Assisted Therapy, Harper and Teddy work alongside the experienced Hospital therapist(s) to enhance the child’s motivation to achieve therapy goals.

Help us keep this program going and rehabilitating more young bodies and minds!

Your gift of $5 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your gift of $10 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your gift of $20 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer.

Your gift of $25 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your gift of $50 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your gift of $75 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer.

Your gift of $39 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children's days while in hospital ($468 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $49 could help purchase at-home equipment for children recovering at home, meaning more time with their family ($588 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $69 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care ($828 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $99 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer ($1,188 Annual Amount).

Your $20 gift will keep the pantry stocked with non-perishable food items to make holiday planning a breeze for our families.

Your $50 gift will bring our Beach House to life by providing comfortable and welcoming surroundings for our families to enjoy.

Your $75 gift will bring fun and laughter to the whole family as you build and maintain an assortment of activities for children (big and small!) to enjoy.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your gift will give families a much needed break from the never ending rounds of hospital and doctor visits and instead, focus on making special memories that will last a lifetime.

Your gift of $1,000 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your gift of $2,500 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your gift of $5,000 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your gift will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your generous support will help make the Beach House project at Encounter Lakes, Victor Harbor, a reality.

Your generous support will help us search for a cure for Paediatric Cancer.

Your support of $20 will provide families like Hannah’s with access to exceptional care, treatment and services.

Your contribution of $30 will help your Hospital to continue to deliver first class care and services to children like Hannah and their families.

Your donation of $50 will help to fund vital hospital equipment, services and research that helps children like Hannah to have the best chance at recovery.

Your support of $25 will provide families like Hannah’s with access to exceptional care, treatment and services.

Your contribution of $50 will help your Hospital to continue to deliver first class care and services to children like Hannah and their families.

Your donation of $75 will help to fund vital hospital equipment, services and research that helps children like Hannah to have the best chance at recovery.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your support will make the difference to physical and occupational therapy programs that get children like Hannah home sooner.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Every dollar makes a difference to helping your hospital and supporting children and their families when they need it most.

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