Since 2011, our Arts in Health program has worked with your Hospital to provide funding and resources to build the Play Therapy service. The role of Play Therapy is to minimise the anxiety, stress and trauma associated with coming to hospital. Our Foundation supports the team of Play Therapists to play, distract and entertain young patients.
Each child is nurtured and supported as an individual with unique needs, personality, individual preferences, cultural values and capabilities.
“Medical evidence shows that some distraction and play therapy can speed up recovery rates and also decrease sensitivity to pain. It is also one of the few times that the hospital kids get to make their own decisions. Patients get told what time to wake up, when and what to eat, what time for medication and on and on – play is the time that THEY get to choose what they want to do and take charge.” Jill Newman, Arts in Health Manager, WCH Foundation.
Play Therapy can assist healing and rehabilitation, and allow children to participate in familiar activities that they would normally engage in at home, kindy or school.
Ask any Play Therapist and they will say – ‘Our core business is SMILES!’
Ask any patient and they will say that they just LOVE hanging out with the Play Therapists.
Help us to raise funds so that we can continue to support the Play Therapy team at your Women’s and Children’s Hospital.