Our Child Life Therapists help kids undergoing cancer treatment to cope within the hospital environment. In preparation for treatment, they introduce medical play techniques and coping skills proven to reduce children's anxiety about the procedures they face. They remain by a child's side, providing practical support to kids and their families throughout their treatment, forming bonds and sharing skills that strengthen the wellbeing of the entire family. Camp Quality currently funds Child Life Therapists in New South Wales and Victoria, and is committed to advocating for wider access to this group of professionals.
Our Programs Team are often accompanied by the Camp Quality Puppets, or one or more Recreation Program Volunteers, who bring laughter and distraction to kids at their bedside. The Camp Quality Puppets have made almost 1,500 visits to paediatric oncology wards across Australia in the past five years.
Camp Quality Puppet Digital Playdates bring fun and distraction to Camp Quality kids isolated by cancer. Kids can connect live with one of our much-loved puppets via a 10-minute online 'playdate' using their personal device such as a smartphone or tablet. Puppet Digital Playdates are tailored to the child's age and interests. This program is available to Camp Quality kids in hospital, or isolated at home due to health concerns separating them from school, friends or community. Following a successful trial at Monash Children's Hospital, Camp Quality Puppet Digital Playdates were rolled out nationally in September 2020.
Our Programs Team visits children diagnosed with cancer in hospitals around the country. They play an active role introducing families to Camp Quality services and programs, as well as speaking to them about other support providers.