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. Camp Quality currently funds Child Life Therapists at Monash Children’s Hospital, John Hunter Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick.
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.