Play Therapy

Since 2011, the Foundation’s Arts in Health program has funded the Play Therapy service at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Our support extends to providing resources, such as arts, crafts, books and toys, for the Play Therapists to use in activities with patients.

Thanks to our generous supporters, the WCH Foundation has expanded the Hospital’s Play Therapy team over the years with 11 Play Therapists now employed and working with hundreds of children every week.

Play Therapists are health professionals who use play to minimise the anxiety, stress and trauma associated with being in Hospital. Their role is to provide a positive and happy environment where patients are free to express their feelings through play. Each child is nurtured and supported as an individual with Play Therapists taking into consideration their unique needs, interests, cultural values and developmental abilities.

Play Therapy can assist healing and rehabilitation, creates a bright and interactive environment, and allows children to participate in familiar activities they would normally engage in at home, kindy or school.

“Medical research shows that distraction and support through Play Therapy can help children understand and cope better with illness, surgery, medical treatments and hospitalisation. Play Therapists help children to feel less anxious and provide an opportunity for the child to make choices and have a sense of control. Play Therapy time is one of the few times in hospital where kids get to make their own decisions. In hospital, treatment is often managed and directed by adult medical clinicians who direct when and how things will happen – whereas PLAY is the time that the young patients get to choose what they want to do and take charge,” Jill Newman, Arts in Health Manager, WCH Foundation.

How Play Therapy makes a difference for patients and their families

Bill is a frequent flyer to Hospital. His mum Steph has shared how engaging in Play Therapy during Hospital stays makes a difference for her son.

“I believe that Play Therapy is a critical part of the Hospital when providing care to children. It allows children to continue to learn, ease any fear or uncertainty, assists to distract children from often stressful or daunting experiences, provides a normality to their day and often facilitates conversations amongst families and children. It is a wonderful service we are fortunate to have.”

WCH patient Bill engaging in activities organised by a Play Therapist.

“Bill enjoys swapping over his puzzles and board games, checking out the crafts, borrowing toys to take to his room and joining in organised activities. He loves making things for his sister and colouring-in pictures to send back to his kindergarten friends.”

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 monthly donation of $20 could assist in delivering our play therapy sessions, bringing smiles and reducing anxiety during a child’s stay in hospital.

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

Your monthly donation of $30 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your monthly donation of $50 could help to invest in the latest medical research, helping to find cures and invest in our future.

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 gift of $20 fills families like Dimi’s with hope and confidence when they need it most.

Your gift of $30 helps to deliver outstanding care to children like Dimi and their families.

Your gift of $50 could fund vital hospital equipment, services and research providing children like Dimi the best chance at recovery.

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

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Your donation will contribute to ensuring the WCH Foundation can fund families’ stays well into the future making the Beach House a sanctuary for years to come.

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

Your donation of $25 will help fund family stays now and well into the future, ensuring the Beach House is a sanctuary for years to come.

Your donation of $50 will help fund family stays now and well into the future, ensuring the Beach House is a sanctuary for years to come.

Your donation of $75 will help fund family stays now and well into the future, ensuring the Beach House is a sanctuary for years to come.

Your gift of $25 will help provide the greatest care for the tiniest babies and their families.

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Your gift of $75 will help provide the greatest care for the tiniest babies and their families.

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