Imagine being a sick kid in hospital, in need of a friend to play, laugh and smile with – that’s the magic of Clown Doctors!
Clown Doctors are medical clowns – highly trained, professional performers who spread ‘doses’ of fun and laughter throughout the hospital, working to uplift sick kids.
“…I love seeing Clown Doctors because they are so much fun. They make me feel really happy and distract my mind…” A 9 year old friend and patient.
By parodying the hospital routine with jokes, songs, magic and play, Clown Doctors engage kids at their bedside – helping them to adapt to hospital life.
Clown Doctors work in partnership with medical professionals to divert children during painful procedures, calm and distract in emergency, encourage and assist during occupational therapy and physiotherapy and improve the quality of life of some of the most vulnerable members of our community; sick and injured kids.
Using humour therapy Clown Doctors lighten the hospital environment, helping parents, family members, hospital staff and most importantly – patients!
Have you imagined being sick or injured in hospital? It isn’t great. You are surrounded by unfamiliar people, smells and medical equipment. You are away from family, friends and the comfort of your home – subjected to poking, prodding, tests and painful treatments. You also have no say over this.
Clown Doctors are able to take some of this away and make hospital an OK place to be! They assist in the emotional healing and empowerment of patients and ease the stress of their families and hospital staff.
The Humour Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all workers to share in this commitment. We are currently undergoing Safeguarding Children accreditation with the Australian Childhood Foundation.